04-10-2012, 11:01 AM
Re: Difference in 8'6 vs. 9'0 rod handling?
As far as rod length goes I am sort of an all or nothing guy. I have several 9' 4 and 6wt rods that get used a couple times a year max. I only use those when I go to big open water where there are not alot of obstructions for casting and a 40-50' or greater cast is common.
Other than that I have several 3 and 4 wt rods ranging from 7' - 7'10". I dont see the rod length hampering the ability to cast 30-40' which is a good distance.
The two things I notice is roll casting these short rods is fine until I get more than about 20' of line out. Also they are a little tougher to nymph with as far as mending or high sticking goes....tougher but not impossible.
I had several 8'6" rods and I ended up selling them for the fact that in my spots I fish it is either go big or go small.
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