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    Hey all, I was hoping to get your expertise. I am looking to purchase two new rods this year. A new 9 wt for salt and a 6 wt travel rod for fresh and light salt as I travel much for business and looking to sneak some fishing in on the side.

    I have always purchased 9 ft rods but was a bit intrigued. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a 10 ft rod.

    Most of my fishing is warm water fishing due to what I have easily available to me. Carp, Smallies, etc.... I am a salt water enthusiast, but can only get there a few times per year as I am land locked!

    Thanks in advance for the advice.

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    Hi

    Here is a link to a previous thread about 10' rods that may help you.

    Frank
    Last edited by Frank Whiton; 08-24-2009 at 07:18 AM.

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    Frank, thank you. That was helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Whiton View Post
    Hi

    Here is a link to a previous thread about 10' rods that may help you.

    Frank
    Frank,

    I couldn't get this link to work.

    Neil
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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    This is probably irrelevant but here goes...

    10ft rods seem to be a big-hit over here in the UK, particularly amongst the majority of boat anglers who often fish more than two flies, the extra length provides a little more control over the fluff at the end. However I find 10ft rods tiring to use after a little while and I rarely go over 9ft 6" for trout fishing.

    So basically extra control over the fly more or less sums up the advantages.
    Luke

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    Hi Fly2Fish,

    Give it a try now. Not sure what happened. It had the correct address but wouldn't work for me either.

    Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittflyguy View Post
    Hey all, I was hoping to get your expertise. I am looking to purchase two new rods this year. A new 9 wt for salt and a 6 wt travel rod for fresh and light salt as I travel much for business and looking to sneak some fishing in on the side.

    I have always purchased 9 ft rods but was a bit intrigued. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a 10 ft rod.

    Most of my fishing is warm water fishing due to what I have easily available to me. Carp, Smallies, etc.... I am a salt water enthusiast, but can only get there a few times per year as I am land locked!

    Thanks in advance for the advice.


    I love 10' rods. If I am fishing a river with obstructions, easy to stick out and get some distance. OUTSTANDING on mending on multi speeds drifts.
    Tiresome? Not at all. New rods are lighter Pleccy LOL. The rod should be doing the work. I have weenie arms and I use mine all day and usually my go to rod for rivers.
    I know they say they are great Tube/toon rods as they keep the fly off the water on the back cast, but I gotta say, in a float tube or a pontoon you are mobile. You don't need to make those long casts. Even the gulpers, I have used a 7' rod and got the fly 60'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joni View Post
    I love 10' rods. If I am fishing a river with obstructions, easy to stick out and get some distance. OUTSTANDING on mending on multi speeds drifts.
    Tiresome? Not at all. New rods are lighter Pleccy LOL. The rod should be doing the work. I have weenie arms and I use mine all day and usually my go to rod for rivers.
    I know they say they are great Tube/toon rods as they keep the fly off the water on the back cast, but I gotta say, in a float tube or a pontoon you are mobile. You don't need to make those long casts. Even the gulpers, I have used a 7' rod and got the fly 60'.
    Joni, with your Orvis connections I'm guessing you're lucky enough to be using Orvis Helios rods, because I just got a ZG Helios 10' 4-wt. 9.5 tip flex and it's just amazing how light that rod casts. It feels like half the weight of my Sage Z-Axis 11' 7-wt. switch rod (although I know that the Sage, being a foot longer and for a 7-wt. line would naturally feel heavier casting). In fact, the 10' Helios 4-wt. is a more effortless cast than my trusty old favorite go-to Sage SP 8 3/4' 5-wt. Haven't used the Helios much yet, but expect amazing things with it nymphing dropper rigs on the San Juan and Guadalupe.
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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    I agree with Joni about 10' rods,I have one 10' that i use most for Salmon and Trout in Lakes Rivers and small streams and use it all day long without problems which my Old Nine feet makes in my shoulder.

    Love to cast this 10' G-Loomis Native Run # 6 it handles to cast heavy tubes down to smallest Dry flies

    Keep on Fishing
    G-Falk
    G-Loomis Roaring River Stinger GLX 14 #9/10

    G-Loomis Native Run GLX 10#6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joni View Post
    Tiresome? Not at all. New rods are lighter Pleccy LOL.
    There's certainly nothing wrong with something along the lines of a 10ft #4-5 Sage or whatever, however try a heavier Greys platinum XD 10ft #8 and you'll know what I'm on about in terms of tiredness.

    Nothing beats a 10ft #6 from a float tube, mmmmm....
    Luke

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