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    Default longer or shorter rod??????

    I'm thinking of picking up another 3wt rod. My 7'0" Sage Vantage does well for most of my fishing (warmwater ponds & lakes) this time of year, but I figure a second 3wt outfit would be good to own so I could tell myself, "If I'd just had the other rod along I could have caught those fish!" when things go wrong.

    I like a med/slow action rod best (my body is more suited to slow action as the years go by).
    I found a 6'0" 3wt listed as "full flex" and like the looks and price, but I'm wondering if the shorter rod will reduce casting distance much (if any)?

    I know other variables (casting style, rod action, line type/weight) come into play, but how much does rod length alone factor into the equation?
    Mike

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    It will make a difference, especially when you're rollcasting, exactly how much difference, I can't say. Also - and perhaps just as important - it will limit the amount of line you'll be able to mend.

    I wouldn't buy such a short fly rod unless I fish very cramped streams - a lot of overhanging branches.

    Randy

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    Hi Wabi,

    Short rods, like long rods, have their place in flyfishing. I have a 4wt that stands 5'8" that works at the creek, river, pond, and lake!

    Casting distance? As long as I do my part, I can toss 40 ft or so. You can double haul a little rod and cast some nice tight loops! Most of the fish I catch on that little number are no further than 30 ft or so....kinda like my longer rods!

    Here's an experiment I tried several years ago: disassemble a flyrod and cast using the upper half. I took a 9 footer, used the top 4 1/2', and was able to cast more line than I thought. A good slick flyline doesn't hurt either!

    Cheers,

    Robert

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    Default Re: longer or shorter rod??????

    Unless you're fishing in the tightest of tight places; with lots of casting obstacles in every direction, I don't think that you're going to need a rod that's shorter than 7'0". The shortest I use is a 7'6" 3 wt. and it gets me into good fish in some very tight, rhododendron-guarded quarters.

    I fished an overhung creek with J-P about 2 months ago - and we used 9'0" rods! And it worked out OK for Chubs and Dace.

    Little rods are cute; I have an old Fenwick glass rod; their 535 model; a 5'3" 5 wt. It's cute - and it gets fished once in a blue moon!

    Although I myself wouldn't drop below a 7'6" 3 wt., if I was going to experiment with a rod for smaller fish, I'd go down in rod weight; maybe try a 2 wt. or an even lighter rod. PM Sasha on this forum and ask him what his recommendations would be for fishing lighter weight rods.

    Pocono

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    Default Re: longer or shorter rod??????

    Guess the answer isn't necessary now, someone beat me to the rod.

    Now I'm thinking of going the other direction - an 8'6" Ross (Essence FS) rod.
    I own one Ross rod (6wt 7'11" Flystik) and like the way it casts.
    Mike

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    Default Re: longer or shorter rod??????

    I always vote for longer. I don't own a single fly rod shorter than 9'. I have two 15'ers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver Dan View Post
    I always vote for longer. I don't own a single fly rod shorter than 9'. I have two 15'ers.
    More power to you with the pole vaults!

    I've fallen in love with 7' - 7'6"...they cover pretty much any fishing situation I'll encoutnter.


    Cheers,

    Robert

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