|I won't try to answer for Tony; but yes, fly rods must become a lifting tool to some extent when engaged in deep water slug fests and even in fairly shallow water when they hunker down under the boat, which they do most of the time and it's not always possible to move the boat off of them. Rods do need to have some butt strength in order to cover all the fighting angles. However, you never want to raise the rod bend above your nose, keep it even lower. Use short, two-foot lifting strokes and then crank down. Do try to keep the rod as flat as possible and use the reel's drag and palming rim too. Always be cognizant of the rod's possible breaking point. Don't exceed that - not even when using straight 30-pound and stronger leaders, leaders without a "fuse" built in them. |
I use straight 20-pound Berkley Big Game for a leader with my 8-weight rods for stripers. I can certainly blow up an 8-weight by over-pulling or bending the rod; so I don't.
It's a balancing act Phil.
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