Originally Posted by bugslinger
I gave you a like becuase I think you were sincere, midguided but none the less sincere. On a two handed rod a.k.a. the Spey the fulcrum is the distance between top and bottom hand usualy an inch or so in front of the reel . The rod is the lever and the line/leader/fly is the weight. This is a general balance point all depending on rod leangth,cast,and grip location,grip length, and reel weight. The longer rod will always generate more wind resistancce because their is more surface area. Instead of going on with a long winded answer, use this test. Take a 8 ft bar and lift a 100 lb weight 1 ft. Take the same weight an lift distance and use a 14 ft bar. The longer bar will use less energy than the shorter, the same way the Spey will throw farther with less energy all day and all night.
OK, I think you have a couple things here I need clearing up with. You are saying you have more leverage against a fish with a longer rod? And you are saying that it's easier to cast a longer rod than a shorter one?
I'm hoping I just misunderstood you, but in the event I didn't, if you take a 100 pound weight at the end of 8 or 14 foot rod you are not getting it off the ground with either one. You have a much better chance of doing it with 8 foot rod if you are built like Schwarzeneggar because you can get your hands spread far enought to sort of lever it. If you use them as a lever from the fish's side
of it, you are better off with the 14 footer.
Swap you and fish for you and 100 lbs. Where would you want to be if you were lifting a 100lb object? Where the you is or the fish is?
Now the "usually an inch in front of the reel" spey thing. That inch thing is with Scandi casting only, which I don't like. Even then I think it' a tad closer than most do. My hand goes as far away from the reel as I have grip for. And longer rods are not easier to cast. What they do easier is cast far. That has to do with tip/line speed. Two handers are easier on you than single handers, but it's the style casting not the rod length that makes it easier on you. Try a 14'er all day and then try a 20'er and see how you feel about it then. Balance point has nothing to do with casting either. In a two hander the only reason balance is important at all is for when the line is out swinging so you don't have to fight to keep the rod tip out of the water the whole time you are fishing not casting. I can take the reel off and put it in my pocket and not effect the cast.
One last question, do you know of a company that makes a 10' 10wt. single hand rod? I don't recall ever seeing one.