|As an engineer this is a flawed test. I have designed, conducted, and participated in many engineering studies over the course of my career.|
They do a good job of informing the reader how all these rods perform for them. And that is somewhat valuable but more entertaining than educational. But it is a starting point. Using the same fly, leader, and reel IS a correct methodology!
However, here is the fundamental flaw with this test. It only tests each rod with one fly line. That is a fatal flaw in my book.
1. They really should call the test an 8wt Bonefish Rod Shootout because that is really what they attmepted to test.
2. But here is the real issue I have with this "test." And I have made this same comment on every test they conduct and they don't listen. Get on any fly fishing forum out there and how many threads are there where somebody asks what the best line is for their new fly rod? Every rod and line combination casts differently for each caster. The test would be light years better if they did the exact same test but used a minimum of three different lines (different manufacturers!). That would at least start to give the test a bit more credence.