Originally Posted by racine
Pocono, I was referring to the second scenario. You give a good explanation and one which I surmised but wondered about other possible reasons. Fighting a fish with the rod low puts maximum pressure with the rods butt section and most tension on the line and fish. Fighting with the rod high puts minimum pressure on the line but helps with the shock absorption on finer tippets. Of course when you raise the rod further above your head you increase the shock absorption by adding your arms, wrists and elbows to that leverage. Thanks for elaborating.
You're right great explanation fom Pocono...as usual