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    What are the advantages of these length rods? Do you feel they are better than 9' rods in some situations?

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    Primarily line control and mending...the extra inches let you keep a lot of line off the water. I have a 9'6" 5wt and just picked up a Sage RPL 10' 6wt just for those reasons.

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    It's funny growing up all my rods were 8 1/2- 9' they work great for most situations. My first 9 1/2 rod I bought for nymph/indicator fishing I fell I love with it quickly. It's was easier to cast, mend line and kept more line off the water when high sticking. It's easier when fishing from a boat especially a drift boat.

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    Hi Kim,

    Like many a fly fisher I have had my 9' rods and thought that was all I would ever need or want. When you have room for a 9 foot rod why not go for more? I have had 9'6" rods and do believe they were better than my 9s. If you have the room why not a 10 or even an 11.5' switch? I have them all the way to 15' and find that the longer the rod the easier the cast and line control come.

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    Being a coastal fly fisher all of my rods are 9'. Was wondering if I might missed out on something with the 9'6"?
    I would love to have all sizes, but that's too big a jump for the amount of money available :-)
    But if I understand you guys correctly, you think they are easier to cast with? Mending is not so important in my fishing :-)

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    On of the new super light 10' rods from Hardy like the Marksman series should be much better than what ever 9' rod you are using. I am going to get 2 of them for use with my business this season because I think they will be easier for people to cast with. You may like other brands, I have had good results with Hardy so I will get more.

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    I have used a G.Loomis IMX 9'6" 6wt for 25 years and love this rod. The extra length in a tube when or where ever you need it is handy. I have a 10' Greys rod in 5wt, great stuff when you need reach.

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    Everyone is different. I like the 9'6" for steelhead/salmon on rivers, other than that I stick to 8-9' rods. I have a ten footer that hardly gets used. I found for me at least, that 9'6" is doable but 10' rods can become tiresome after hours of casting.

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    A 9'6" rod would not be good for tight quarters on smaller streams though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    On of the new super light 10' rods from Hardy like the Marksman series should be much better than what ever 9' rod you are using. I am going to get 2 of them for use with my business this season because I think they will be easier for people to cast with. You may like other brands, I have had good results with Hardy so I will get more.

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    The Marksman was the first 10' rod I ever cast. My buddy bought one Jan 2013 and I fished it in the spring. Once I used it for 30 minutes I knew I had to have the 10' rod in my quiver.

    The Marksman is quite nice relative to its $800 competitors

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    Quote Originally Posted by irons View Post
    A 9'6" rod would not be good for tight quarters on smaller streams though.
    Not to be a jerk but I am starting to disagree with this thought process lately. Specifically in nymphing situations. Dry fly I agree with you, but nymphing on small tight quarter streams I find I roll cast a lot. I also tend to just "dap" which is just picking it up and literally placing the fly where I want it. A 10' rod for that to my way of thinking and fishing has its advantages....dang it I just convinced my self I need a 10' 3wt
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