Re: Rod Length Controversy
There's nothing that feels more comfortable in my hand all than an 8'6" rod. I do own 9 foot rods, but they were bought for power (Sage Z-Axis being one).
I've never cast a Z-Axis less than 9 feet, but one of the guys at Leland Outfitters told me the 8'6" 5wt Z-Axis was a fantastic casting rod. I do more fishing than casting, but he seemed to really like the shorter length.