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Old 10-30-2009, 02:00 PM
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Default 9 ft VS 9'9" seven wt rod

I'm thinking of buying a new 7 wt bass rod. Loomis has a 9 ft GL3 rod on a closeout here for $180.00. I can order a 9'9" GL3 for $300.00. There's, obviously, quite a difference in price, but if the longer rod would be better, I would spring for the extra bucks. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on how these two rods would compare? Distance? Accuracy? Other???

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I can't quite put a finger on it, but I love the way the longer rod casts, fishes and feels.
Being a longer lever it will indeed help lengthen your cast. Mending and such is also made a touch easier.
When I sold my Scott 9', 6" 7 weight bass/big fly/big fish rod I didn't think twice about getting the same weight and length rod again.
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Longer rod hands down. Better line control and roll casting will be greatly improved. An 11' would be better yet.

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Default Re: 9 ft VS 9'9" seven wt rod

How are you going to use the rod. Are you going to be floating, wading, in a boat or on the shore. If you are going to be floating the longer rod would be a benefit. Wading may or may not be beneficial to have a longer rod. Other than that I would say save the money.
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Hardhat,

I would be in either my canoe or my little 14' boat.

I have my canoe set up with a rowing device and pontoons that I can extend out so it's a stable platform for fishing. It allows me to stand up and fish for awhile to stretch the legs.

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Default Re: 9 ft VS 9'9" seven wt rod

Hey that sounds like a great rig! Personnally I would go with the 9' rod. You will be able drift and maneuver yourself so as you will not need a longer rod. Plus you will be sitting or standing above the water so the extra length again is not needed. The Sage bass fly rods are under 8'. Save the money difference
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