Re: accurate rods?

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2019-01-06 12:23:11 in reply to Re: accurate rods? posted by Craig Smith on 2019-01-05 23:34:12


One of the major faults I find with shorter rods along this line is that when the boat is rocking in a swell or chop, I have to really concentrate on making a very good, tight-looped and higher back-cast in order to not have the line loop drop into a swell, which happened quite frequently, killing my cast. When making a mistake in forming a good loop, forward or backward, the caster is a indistinct disadvantage with a short rod - there just isn't enough rod to quickly correct the mistake and get the line moving properly before the cast completely collapses. I can't tell you how many times I hit myself in the head when casting a short rod.

Another thing I often experience both when I guided and now fishing with friends is that anglers using a short rod could barely clear the bow or trolling motor when a fish sounded and ran under the boat to the opposite side; or to clear the main motor if the fish ran from bow to stern and crossed to the opposite side making clearing the line from the motor much more difficult than when using a longer rod which provided more reach.

Another thing I personally noticed when using a short rod for stripers at San Luis and other places, is that when a fish ate on the drop and swam quickly toward the boat I didn't have enough 'swing length' with the short rod to stick it. Strip-striking was useless in this case.

I also find casting a larger fly or air-resistant popper, like a Ron Dong Crease fly, much harder to do with a short rod than with a typical 9-footer. It's just too much work.

Granted there are lots of situations making the choice to use a shorter rod desirable but not enough to make me want one. I'll stick with a 9-footer for 99 percent of my fly-fishing. That said, I'm glad fly-anglers still have a choice if they want a shorter rod; but I understand why some rod companies have discontinued them.

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