Re: Rod weights and Common Cents
In terms of a rod's action, the cane rod community has an advantage - the rod taper and stress curves. Looking at the rod's taper taken at 5" intervals you can determine stress curves and once you learn to read the stress curves - think of reading the screen in "The Matrix" - the action of the rod becomes apparent.
Of course, if you cast five rods all made to the same taper by different makers, they will vary in subtle ways. This is because no two culms of bamboo are equal, and people heat-treat and varnish it differently. Still, the general action will be similar.
Pity such an approach can't be used with graphite and fiberglass; however, the makers use different mats and resins, so there is not enough commonality to build a stress curve system.