You should consider getting an actual two hand rod. I fish for Smallies all the time with them. Since I started using them I don't have the yearly tennis elbow and it is a lot easier on what is left of my back. Even if you don't swicth all the way over to two handers, it will give your body a break and keep you more comfortable. I still use single hand rods, in fact a bit more than when I first started the two hander. When I first started casting two handers the single hand rods basically gathered dust for the first few years. Now days I often bring both.