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#12855309 - 08/06/18 01:19 PM Fly rod nuances... ???
Fly Fishing Scout Offline
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Registered: 06/12/18
Posts: 109
Loc: Bells TX
Performance wise, is there much difference between a 8.6 ft and 9.0 ft rod?

Overall, I was figuring there would be more differnace between a (9ft 4wt and a 9ft 5w) than a (8.6 ft and 9.0 ft rod of the same weight.)

Thoughts, comments, concerns, enlightenment? LOL

Duane

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#12855330 - 08/06/18 01:38 PM Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
Glitchmo Online   content
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Registered: 05/08/16
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Not really. The 9' might give slightly longer casts, while the 8'6" would be slightly easier to use in tight quarters, but its likely to be a pretty marginal difference.

As always, it's a preference, try both, etc...

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#12855471 - 08/06/18 03:19 PM Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
COFF Offline
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Registered: 08/22/06
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I think the longer rod gives you a little better lifting ability if you are nymphing, or otherwise fishing deep.
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#12855472 - 08/06/18 03:20 PM Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
Fly Fishing Scout Offline
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Registered: 06/12/18
Posts: 109
Loc: Bells TX
Honistly, I was figuring if I could tell the difference between a 8.6 and a 9 foot rod, my casting skills would be able to adjust as needed for the situation.

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#12855476 - 08/06/18 03:21 PM Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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Tracking COFF.

Thank you for your comments!!


Duane

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#12855812 - 08/06/18 08:24 PM Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
Mitt78 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/16
Posts: 202
Loc: South Irving
The benefits of fly rods under 9 feet are accuracy, fishing in tight quarters, easier portability, lighter weight, more responsive and shorter fly rods provide more power and leverage for applying pressure during the fight.

Here is a great wright up on the mechanical advantage of a fly rod.
http://www.byrdultrafly.com/fishlev.htm

Using the formula in the article above
9 foot rod
8.5 / 0.5 = 17 multiplied times 5 pounds = 85 foot-pounds of power the fish would exert.

8.5 foot rod
8.0 / 0.5 = 16 multiplied times 5 pounds = 80 foot-pounds of power the fish would exert.

7.5 foot rod
7.0 / 0.5 = 14 multiplied times 5 pounds = 70 foot-pounds of power the fish would exert.

In other words the 8.5 foot rod will tire you out less than the 9 foot rod. But drop down to a 7.5 foot rod and the power the fish would exert is dramatically less.


Edited by Mitt78 (08/06/18 11:00 PM)

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#12855927 - 08/06/18 09:36 PM Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout]
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Registered: 06/12/18
Posts: 109
Loc: Bells TX
Awesome info and thank you!!!

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