Re: How important is rod length?
A couple things on the longer rods. The first one I bought was a 7wt 10 foot rod for bass fishing around ponds. The ponds I fished in MO often had tall grass growing around them and the extra foot helped me keep the back cast high and out of teh grass, but it really didnt add that much to my distance and at the end of the day my arm and back were alot more sore from the extra wieght. Like others have said, they are great for niphming in trout fishing. Every rod from 6' to 10' has its place and time in fly fishing, if you have the money, hell go ahead and buy 'em, each one will help ya at times.