Re: impact of rod color?
After your in depth study of this often overlooked aspect of Fly Fishing, I am somewhat perplexed about your not taking into consideration color of the reel.
After all it has to be a huge factor in so called "swing weight", CG of the rod when casting and it's effect upon the proper part of the cork "handle" to hold onto etc etc. I think you owe us an explanation, don't you?
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