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Fly rod nuances... ??? #12855309
08/06/18 06:19 PM
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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

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Re: Fly rod nuances... ??? [Re: Fly Fishing Scout] #12855330
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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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I think the longer rod gives you a little better lifting ability if you are nymphing, or otherwise fishing deep.


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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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Tracking COFF.

Thank you for your comments!!


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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.

Last edited by Mitt78; 08/07/18 04:00 AM.
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Awesome info and thank you!!!

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