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: Importance of Rod Length


Johnnyb
04-14-2005, 09:47 AM
I just won a T&T Horizon rod on Ebay. It was a great price for an as new rod, but I was initially a little leary of the 8'6" length...I pulled the trigger, nonetheless, and was OK with it. Now, come to find out the 8 1/2 in the item description meant 8' 1/2", NOT 8 and one half feet!
I suppose I could battle the seller, but before I do I wanted some input regarding the importance of length - not only between 8'6 and 9'0, but between 8'0 and 9'0 - am I compromising too much in the performance and if so, how so?
thanks

MJC
04-14-2005, 12:08 PM
What line weight is the rod? If it is a 4wt or 5wt I would not look back as it will most likely be a great "trout" rod. While the longer length may be some advantage in keeping your back cast higher or mending more line if you got a good price I'd say "enjoy the rod".

teflon_jones
04-14-2005, 02:38 PM
Yeah, as MJC said, this is mostly a question of what the line weight of the rod is, though what kind of fishing you'll be doing (small stream, river, lake, etc).

Johnnyb
04-14-2005, 03:37 PM
actually, it's a 6 wt. rod, and I got it mainly to cut through the wind on Puget Sound shores while fishing for Sea Run Cutthroat and Silvers. I am not necessarily interested in lengthening my cast, per se, only making it more powerful by upping my line weight from 5 to 6- if that makes ANY sense!

Eddie
04-14-2005, 04:39 PM
If it is not too much of a hassle, I would return it. It's not what you wanted. It reminds me of my dad buying a shirt with a hole in it because it was a good deal. The hole was on the stomach area. Some deal :roll:

Johnnyb
04-14-2005, 05:07 PM
Well, I am unsure that it will not do pretty much what I wanted, even though it is not physically what I prefer...that's why I was asking you guys.

Even in the worst case, this rod is a better deal than a holey shirt!

Brad
04-14-2005, 05:45 PM
It's not the length of the rope that matters, it's how you swing the bucket.

Johnnyb
04-14-2005, 06:39 PM
True, Brad...but it's a helluva lot harder to swing the bucket if the rope is a tugboat hauser!

Johnnyb
04-15-2005, 01:26 PM
Hey Brad (and everyone else),
Fortunately, it turns out the rope was a little longer than I feared. It is 8'6" and seems like a sweet stick. Thanks for your input!

FredA
04-15-2005, 03:00 PM
I have an 8"6" T&T Vector (9 wgt) that I won in a raffle. Works fine for me on the flats. I did a cursory test cast vs a 9'er and was hard pressed to tell the difference.

Nick
04-15-2005, 03:24 PM
Fred, you're also 6' 10"...

and how come no one has made the obvious comment about rod length :razz: ?

Streamer
04-26-2005, 04:35 AM
Why don't you try CASTING the rod first? Shorter rods can perform really well most of the times and if you like it, why not use it? And if you don't like it, send it back like Eddie mentioned.... Good luck!

tbeez41
04-29-2005, 01:02 AM
Fred, you're also 6' 10"...

and how come no one has made the obvious comment about rod length :razz: ?


who makes a rod 8' and 1/2" ?

FredA
04-29-2005, 10:49 AM
I have an 8"6" T&T Vector (9 wgt) that I won in a raffle. Works fine for me on the flats. I did a cursory test cast vs a 9'er and was hard pressed to tell the difference.

That should be 8'6"....

Nick....6'10"! What do you want to do, make me a legend?

"He was six foot ten, weighed 245
kinda broad at the shou....waist
narrow at the hips"