Originally Posted by turbineblade
It's amazing how much "better" my fly rod gets the more time I spend on the water
And that line there is the crust of the biscuit. It is at least 90% caster and not the rod so much. Buying a skinny, featherweight, ultra fast rod is not going to turn you into Steve Rajeff. Practice and getting used to the rod will do more for you than dropping $1200 on a rod.
The coversation I had today, that covered a lot of this kind of stuff was with my friend Bill. I listen to what he says because he has become a caster on a whole different plane than us mere mortals flailing graphite in the wind.
To cut a long story short, we discussed the marketing of fly rods and how many things that are being marketed are not exactly the best thing for really getting a great distance and some of what they say is outright malarky. Bill has hit a level where he has in essence 'pulled back the curtain' and seen past the marketing and hype. Not just that but the firmly held beliefs of many of us who cast pretty well. Some of the stuff they are shoveling is just pointless or in a worst case scenario just wrong.
In case we have a reader here who has not heard of Bill, he casts past 130' with a 5 wt. and I have seen him crack 100' with just a rod tip and on one knee. He did that last one with a Cabelas Three Forks rod and a K-Mart $10 line. This is a cast he did with my 8wt and a 7 wt. Trevor Morgan line. I posted this a long time ago and he is much better now.
There is a school of thought that extra fast rods are not the best for getting distance. I'm about 100% sure that wind resistance thing is bologna designed entirely for marketing. Most of the weight thing is also. Like I said, I should start marketing lightweight watches that say Abel on them to match those nippers.