Re: Length rod
Fly rods are required to perform 2 different functions, casting a line and fighting fish.
Unfortunately what make for a good casting rod also makes it a less than desirable fish fighting tool.
When wading/ on you feet you can compensate for this, but in a boat you're stuck in position. This is where the leverage of a shorter becomes more important especially when targeting larger fish.
You're not doing yourself any favors by fishing a long rod in a boat.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart