Originally Posted by christianfishn
is there a big difference between the 5:5 and the 6:4 ratios? in the long run which would probably be the best bet?
I personally wouldn't worry too much about the ratios. In point of fact, they really only tell half the story. They do describe how a rod tends to bend when statically loaded, but they don't necessarily describe how stiff or flexible the overall rod is.
When actually fishing, there are a couple of variables which effect exactly how a rod is going to react, the primary one being the angle at which the rod is being held in relation to the point of force being exerted. I can exert a bend at just about any point on the rod based on the angle at which I'm holding the rod.
Different rods do feel different, but for me the differences are somewhat subtle. What feels slightly better to me, may not to you. It's just the same as with reeled rods, there is no action which automatically feels the best to every angler. I personally think the difference in feel is more subtle between tenkara rods than between reeled rods.
I think that may be because the casting stroke between reeled and non-reeled rods is different. Not black and white different, but different. I can't exactly describe it in words, but with a reeled rod I somewhat feel like I'm throwing the line where I want it to go. With a tenkara rod, it almost feels to me at least, like I'm using the rod to "paint" the line where I want it to be. That's not the best description, but it's the best I can do.
Hope that helps more than it confuses, maybe someone else can do a better job describing it.