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Old 12-18-2012, 09:50 AM
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Default 9'6" rod too long?

I was thinking about buying a 9 1/2 ft winston im6 4wt but I never really hear of anyone using trout rods longer than 9 ft. I am fishing in NC. I would appreciate any thoughts on the 9 1/2 length.

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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

I like the longer rods 9' 6" or even a 10' rod for nymphing especially on larger streams with multiple current seams. For dry fly fishing I like a 9' rod or even a 8' 6" rod, for small brushy streams even shorter, so I guess it depends on what type of fishing you prefer and to some extent what kind of water you fish. The Euro Nymphing guys tend to use 10-11' rods.

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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

exactly what Larry said
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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

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I like the longer rods 9' 6" or even a 10' rod for nymphing especially on larger streams with multiple current seams. For dry fly fishing I like a 9' rod or even a 8' 6" rod, for small brushy streams even shorter, so I guess it depends on what type of fishing you prefer and to some extent what kind of water you fish. The Euro Nymphing guys tend to use 10-11' rods.

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Ok. I would be using it primarily for dry fly and smaller streams so I think it is too long for me. I appreciate the help.
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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

The shortest rod I use is a 9'...most of the time I use a 9.5 or 10' to fish on dry and nymph on sight even in very small and brushy or overgrown streams...My son uses a 9.6' Scott G...no need to ask him to use something else.Just my two cents
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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

It would be a great rod for bigger rivers, for euronymphing, and for lakes either wading, float tubing, from a boat or a dock.

I use a 10 footer on the Madison River and on Hebgen Lake for dry fly fishing. You lose accuracy but you gain in distance and in mending.
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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

I mainly fish an 11 or 12 foot rod. I pretty much always fish dries, occasionally letting the dry fly get damp. I fish big waters, so hanging up on my back cast isn't a concern. If it was close quarters, I'm not sure it would be so much fun.

Since it is big waters, I'm almost always fishing across multiple current lanes. What the longer rod does is allow one to keep most of the line elevated above the water, hence avoiding having to battle multiple current speeds. This really provides the ability to fish a very controlled drift, whether using a passive or active presentation.

So at least where I spend most of my time on the waters, a longer rod makes a very effective fishing tool. I could certainly see where in some circumstances it would be detrimental. I guess it comes down to, as my Brit friend was fond of saying - Different horses for different courses.
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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

I think you want a yes or no answer so I'll give my opinion, but remember it's only an opinion. I love a 4 wt line because it lands so softly on the water. To me a 4wt line is a small water line. On the larger rivers maybe a #6 is better many times.
Now, on the small water, if you are in the GSMNP or similar area. IMHO there is often not much room to cast. I use an 8 1/2' #4 and it works fine with dry flies and the like. There are some guys that are pure nymph users and they'll do a high line, almost flip of the line type technique and if that is what you are thinking about then a 9 1/2' ought to work. I may be wrong but I think a few guys use 10' telescoping crappie rods for that type of high stick nymphing. Personally, I'm sort of a dry fly snob although I don't like to admit it. Actually, I think the dry is often easier to do than the nymph.
So, depends on the streams you'll fish and depends on what technique you are thinking about. If it is dry flies on small streams- that 9 1/2' is going to be hitting the overstory limbs but if you thinking larger water or nymphing then the 9 1/2 ought to be okay. That's just my opinion.
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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

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I like the longer rods 9' 6" or even a 10' rod for nymphing especially on larger streams with multiple current seams. For dry fly fishing I like a 9' rod or even a 8' 6" rod, for small brushy streams even shorter, so I guess it depends on what type of fishing you prefer and to some extent what kind of water you fish. The Euro Nymphing guys tend to use 10-11' rods.

Larry
I am with Larry.

I have fallen in love with 10 foot rods for nymphing all but the smallest streams. But they are a bit much for some dry fly applications I find.

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Default Re: 9'6" rod too long?

I'm the wrong person to ask if a rod is to long. I never say no. My shortest fly rod is 9' and I doubt very much I will ever go shorter than that. In summary, no a 9'6" rod is not to long. In fact it will cast farther, mend better and I think that going really short for brushy edges is really, really, really over rated.
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