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Old 01-13-2012, 10:58 AM
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Buying a new 5wt rod and due to the horrible weather we're getting today I have too much time to think.

After mentally reviewing my list of favorite rods based on casting performance and versatility I realized all of them are relatively short. The longest is 8'6" and a 6'6" is the shortest on my "favorites" list.

I ordered a 6'6" 5wt Hardy Grey's GRXi+ to fill the missing hole in my rod rack based on my previous experience & satisfaction with short rods.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:13 PM
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I hear you on the weather thing, it figures too the one day I have no Honey-Do's it blowing half a gale with lake effect! I've become so used to rods around 7'6 to 7'9 I picked up a 9' footer the other day and it felt weird at first, I haven't messed around with my 11' switch alot this year and I'm almost dreading it. I know its going to feel like the Eiffel Tower at first but by the end of the day I get used to the extra length.
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First thing to understand about my fishing style

1) I predominantly fish small to midsze streams / rivers

2) 99% of the time if I am looking at a 50+ foot cast I generally walk / sneak 10-20 feet closer and make it a shorter cast

Of the 10 rods I own , 3 of them are over 8' . And one of these three is the only one that isnt a virgin rod, and that one gets used once a year on a trip to North Park colorado hitting some fairly open water.


I dont find that sub 8' rods limit my ability to cast effectively. I can hit a decent sized target at 50'-60' feet with my TXL 3WT, I just usually choose not to. I have a 7'0" 3WT that I amcomfortable in the 40' cast range but again I typically choose to not cast that far if at all possible
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I fished freshwater on small rivers, brooks and ponds with 7 1/2' rods mainly, moving to 8 or 8 1/2' for bass and big rivers. Much easies to tromp through the puckerbrush and fish smaller waters with a short rod.
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I have a mixture of rod sizes and like the longer rods not just for distance but for line control when fishing close. Nothing mends line like a long rod.
The longer rod I can get away with the better, for my uses anyhow.
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Interesting to see the 9' standard kind of fall by the wayside the last few years. I'm looking for a 10' rod for nymphing bigger waters and should perhaps be thinking of a switch...and at the same time have a 6'6" 2 wt I love and just ordered a 6'6" featherlite for a friend, just so I can try it out. 9' rods are versatile for most kinds of fishing, but maybe not optimum for specific purposes...whatever floats your boat

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Default Re: short vs long rods

It sounds like you have a nice rod on the way Mike, be sure to remember to let the group know how it works as soon as you can try it out. Like the others I have rods of different legnths and like them all at the right place and time.
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If your sole purpose for a longer rod is to get more distance then you will probably be disappointed. I use 10ft 4wt when nymphing but not for a longer cast. It's easier to high stick with a longer rod, drifts and roll casts are a little easier for me with a 10' rod. Unless your talking about twohanded rods more length doesn't necessarily mean longer casts.
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more length doesn't necessarily mean longer casts.
But it sure makes that task easier. It has something to do with using a longer lever.
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But it sure makes that task easier. It has something to do with using a longer lever.
It does but I actually have trouble casting a 10' single handed rod. You have to shorten your stroke considerably to cast it well. Because it's a lever an inch shorter stroke at the reel multiplies at the tip. I have trouble adjusting my stroke to throw a 10' rod.
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