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Old 06-22-2012, 05:19 PM
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my current rod is a 2 piece 8'6 6wt. would i get a noticable diffference in casting distance with a 9'?

and if i get another rod would a 3-4 or 5 piece of the same weight be more whippy and have less backbone?

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The action of a rod determines how "whippy" it is. I really don't think 6" is going to cast farther, it's technique. I like my 8'6" 4wt TFO better than my daughters 9'0" 4wt TFO. Same action but mine feels better to me.
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my current rod is a 2 piece 8'6 6wt. would i get a noticable diffference in casting distance with a 9'?
It depends on how proficient of a caster that you are. So my answer is maybe.

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and if i get another rod would a 3-4 or 5 piece of the same weight be more whippy and have less backbone?
If you had a rod in the same rod weight made from the same blank, and they were sectioned differently, the rod with more sections would feel stiffer due to more ferrules. Again this would depend on how proficient of a caster that you are. It also depends on the quality of the blank.

I have cast some rod models that were available in two piece and four piece configurations. I noticed some differences with some of the rods made from earlier generations of graphite. I did not noticed much or any differences with rods made from newer generations of graphite.

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I really don't think a 6 inch longer rod will make a huge difference as much as your casting technique and maybe the materials and action speed of the next rod.
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I don't know if you can do this but can you possibly cast the rod your interested in? I know bass pro asked me if I wanted to do this when I got my TFO. If you can't cast them can you at least handle them? I bought TFO's because of there warranty, sure there's better rods but if I don't handle a bunch of other rods then I won't want them. Good luck with your selection.
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It depends on how proficient of a caster that you are. So my answer is maybe.
Amen, Dennis!

There are too many variables involved for a definite answer. Some of these variables are: the actual "strength" of each rod, where each bends, the strength of the caster compared to the weigt of the line being cast, the ability of the caster, the caster's style of casting.....

The only way to tell is try them out.

But even those results are not good for a lifetime. As a young caster gets better, he may find a longer, more powerful rod to line ratio works much better for him.

As an experienced caster gets older (and weaker ) , he may find that a shorter rod works better for him.
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