Re: General tackle questions
the above diagram does show the differing effects of a short vrs. long rods. The one thing that it does not tell is the amount of effort that the castor has to provide to gain the extra rod tip speed. The rod being a lever requires more effort to gain the added tip speed so there is a trade off. Another detail that is not taken into account is friction or wind resistance. A longer rod has more wind resistance which also increases effort required. I believe that a shorter rod requires less effort to attain a given line speed. Yes, I use long rods up to 9' and they will cast farther but I love my short rods. I would really like to try a 6 to 7' 7wt rod. I think I would like it.