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Old 07-05-2013, 12:55 PM
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Default Rod length for windy days

I know that the heavier rod wt will help to cast in a windy day but what about the length of the rod? Let's say a 6wt rod.
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Default Re: Rod length for windy days

I have gone back and forth on this topic. In theory a longer rod will give you more leverage to throw line. When it comes to wind, I do not notice much or any difference when it comes to lengths and wind.

Since I do not notice much or any difference when it comes to lengths and wind, I use a nine foot rod. The choice came down to which rod length that I felt more comfortable for casting.

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Default Re: Rod length for windy days

I'm with Dennis on this, although longer rods sometimes "feel" like they have a slight advantage in wind. A nine footer is great for most conditions. Shorter rods seem to have their advantages while fishing in tighter quarters like small, narrow creeks.

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Default Re: Rod length for windy days

At least for me, the length of rod I'm fishing with depends on the size of the stream. I don't want something too long that will make tight casting lanes too cumbersome.

I actually just added a 6wt in 9ft variety this year so +1 more in that camp.
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Default Re: Rod length for windy days

You have a 4pc rod...? Just use 3! haha
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Default Re: Rod length for windy days

I have an old Fenwick 9ft in 8wt that I seldom use anymore. It was my " big water" rod when I lived by the Madison years ago. I drag it out for windy days, and it will still shoot a wf line out there in a pretty strong breeze.
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I have gone back and forth on this topic. In theory a longer rod will give you more leverage to throw line. When it comes to wind, I do not notice much or any difference when it comes to lengths and wind.

Since I do not notice much or any difference when it comes to lengths and wind, I use a nine foot rod. The choice came down to which rod length that I felt more comfortable for casting.

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Yeah but the longer the rod the more mass there is to push against the wind.
.....but I don't think that it makes a bit of difference either

I do know that lines with a large diameter are much more difficult to cast into the wind than skinny lines.
When the wind is really howling I'll choose a thin full sinking line over a fat floating line every time even if it's going to be harder to control in the water
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Default Re: Rod length for windy days

The rod that is in question in this case is my 6wt 7'10" Redington predator.
I like this rod more than my 8wt 8ft but I haven't really tested it in a very windy situation. I am gonna be traveling for 7 weeks to some countries in Asia and can't have too many gears with me. I am pretty sure the 6wt predator can handle some good size fish, I am only worry about the wind in those countries.

On a side note, I actually found out that roll casting was much harder with shorter rod. Or is it just my technique?
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