Re: Need a rod recommendation...
Mojo’s comments are good, and I do love the Diamondglass … however, in really close environs a 6-footer simply won’t cut it, at least in my opinion. That’s why I pointed to dorboR’s little rods in the 4.5 to 5.5 foot range.
For really close in work – 15 to 25 feet – 4.5 to 5- foot rods are hard to beat. The dorboR that I own is 5-feet in length and designed for 5-weight DT-F lines. I cut the front taper off mine so that the heavy belly is up front to increase the short range load factor.
Because leaders don’t load much of anything except grass, brush, and tree branches, I use a short piece of 25# Amnesia as a leader butt fronted to an Orvis Mirage Bimini 4-foot tippet. When I reach a spot that enables longer casts, I switch spools to a SciAngler Ultra 4 DT-F ... If Mr. Wind isn’t up, this rig is fully capable of casts to 50-feet or more.
In the day of old age and bad backs, I sometimes think that the cutting edge of fly fishing is in the close in work, not going for distance.
Anyone been dapping lately?