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caseywise 03-19-2011 10:42 PM

does my lenghth really matter?
i bought a 7' 9" 4 weight vt2 for fishing spring creeks in wisconsin. i had the chance for a 9' but chose the shorter rod. i think i made the right choice but i am new to the spring creek fishing style. anyone?:):)


milt spawn 03-19-2011 11:04 PM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
Should be optimal, my personal favorite on small freestones is a 7.5 4wt. milt.

fredaevans 03-19-2011 11:07 PM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
May well depend on 'whose answering the question.';)

The 'tounge in cheek' aside, it's interesting to read the 'small stream threads' on the 'Mother Board' over in the UK. Gather that rods as short as 6 foot:fishing: may be close to 'over-kill.'


pdq 5oh 03-20-2011 09:47 PM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
I bought a 6' 2 wt rod for small creeks & brookies. I ended up using my 8' 4 wt more. A lot of the fishing where I was involved dabbling more than casting and the 8' rod worked better. I think a 7 to 7' 6" rod would be perfect. I got a 7' 3" 2 wt and like it quite a bit. The 6'er is gone.

mudbug 03-20-2011 10:00 PM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
I have a 5'8" 4 weight that I use really on just a couple small creeks. Could I get away with something a bit longer, maybe, but I bought it because I was struggling with my 7'6" 3 weight on this creek, the overgrowth in places is just too close.

I'm actually pretty surprised at the distance I can get with the rod when I hit longer pools. 20' - 25' is about the limit, but it get's there.

russellb 03-21-2011 03:56 AM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
Great choice- Having fished the waters of Spring and Timber Coulee and the West Fork of the Kickapoo with my trusty Sage 7'11 4wt LightLine I can say from personal experience you chose wisely.

cattech89 03-21-2011 06:11 AM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
When first searching for a short backcountry/small stream rod I remember thinking that I wanted something no longer than 6' maybe 6'6". After handling a few that short and doing some pretty serious thinking, I realized that something slightly longer would suit me a little bit better both for my casting as well as the streams. 7'6" just fit me and my situation a little better. I now have a 7'6" glass rod as my small stream rod. It seems to handle whatever I throw at it whether it be very tight cover or the large pools that I sometimes encounter.
To me your length should match your wallet and your situation. Weve all come upon spots where we think, "Man, that 5'6" 2 wt would be perfect right here!" and then get 100 yds upriver to find that your 9' 5wt is what you need. We cant carry every rod we own along the river like a set of golf clubs. (although that would be awesome to have a fly fishing caddy!) A balance has to be found between fundage, application, and practicality.
I know opinions are know what. So theres mine. :rolleyes:

db cooper 03-22-2011 06:43 PM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
A longer rod is better in every way...except maneuvering around in tight areas. If your in a tight area than the short rod is better. I fish in a lot of tight tunnel rivers in Michigans UP and i use a 7 foot or a 6'6 rod.

ausablebrown 03-22-2011 06:54 PM

Re: does my lenghth really matter?
I'm wondering the same thing...I have a 7'11" 4 wt, and I am hoping someone can weigh in on the capabilities of a 7' 4 wt. I don't want a 3 wt, too many reels and lines etc. I'd go for a 7ft 4 wt if it would help me out on the small streams; I'm just wondering how it will handle delicate dry situations and the light streamers I might try to push out of it.


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