Re: accurate rods?

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Posted by Craig Smith on 2019-01-05 23:34:12 in reply to Re: accurate rods? posted by Dan Blanton on 2019-01-05 22:24:33

It seems that it is commonly noted that shorter rods are more accurate than longer rods or words to that effect. In the thread below on short rods in the salt several posters, including me, stated a preference for shorter rods when better accuracy is key to success.

But I don’t think shorter rods are inherently more accurate on their own. Rather even small deviations from an ideal straight casting path at the hand translate into an even greater deviation at the rod tip the greater the distance from the hand to the tip. The longer rod sort of magnifies my error - but that is entirely my fault!

Sometimes there are other factors that come into play. If I’m trying to hit a 2’ opening in the kelp 40’ away from a boat in 3’ swell I will hit it more often with a shorter rod even if I’m laying the line out perfectly straight with the short and long rod. The movement of the boat translates all the way to the rod tip. I have selected the shorter rod because it helps mitigate environmental conditions in this case.

Sometimes I might find that if i’m handed two different rods of a given weight and length and rigged with the same line I might be a bit more accurate with one vs the other. But for the most part if I find I’m not hitting my target, the source of the inaccuracy is me and not the rod. Circling back to Ralph’s response, its mostly the archer and not the arrow.

Even so, it’s nice to have a lot of arrows to choose from.

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