If you have any questions about gear, our destinations, shipping, or just want to tell us about yesterday's big catch... Email Us: Support@AllPointsFlyFishing.com, NEVER STOP LEARNING - NEVER STOP EXPLORING. I advise against that all the time, for many reasons. Fly rods come in a variety of materials, graphite and fiberglass can be found here, but also bamboo. Recently was nymphing on my home stream, the Esopus in NY, a fairly deep average depth swift river. And there really is no other reason that doesn’t come down to the distance gained by fishing a longer rod. And I think the extra length would outweigh any disadvantages. And the river. I do plan on getting a 10.5′ echo shadow x next spring, because I think it will be a better all round rod. Like I lost a section or something. So our rod hand movements are amplified with longer rods. A fly line with a short head loads a short rod efficiently and allows the angler to deliver big flies short to moderate ­distances quickly. But for the discussion of accuracy, shorter rods lend you more. You will want to try either a Switch rod or a Spey rod, both have their advantages … That’s what matters. Of course, for many anglers, a long rod is just part of their streamer fishing style. Longer rods allow the angler to lengthen the shock leader between the rod tip and lure. All for $125. The accuracy is amazing. Whether your intentions for the new rod are tight line tactics, streamers, dries, or a versatile tool that can easily tackle all of these, the advantages and disadvantages of extra length in a fly rod are important to understand. Years ago I bought 11’3 for tight line nymphing based on recommendations for ‘big and deep rivers’ and failed miserably. Fly rods are designed to flex and recover to a resting state. Every day, I cast the the client’s rods as some point too. For a good comparison, take one company’s nine-foot four weight for a spin, and then try the same company’s rod in a ten footer. On my homewater, Valley Creek, I prefer my 7 foot 4 weight. If you can reach out another 1ft and cover that small pocket of water in front of you while maintaining better control of your flies, you will be more successful. . Today I fish a couple 8’ish Sage LL’s and my favorite 3100 ESN. And anything that goes under the water drags even more. My third use is single hand spey with a DT6F line and some sinking leaders for streamers. Before that, I was a die hard 9′ 6wt guy, and had several of them with different actions that I would choose from. Am I imagining this? What are the benefits to using a short or longer rod? Lead. Brant Oswald, Livingston-based guide and writer: First of all, let’s agree that the fate of the world is not resting on the decision between an 8½- and a 9-foot trout rod. It’s a great way to keep in touch. The three of them use 4pc rods and during the weekend two of them came apart while casting. Aside from our preferences for fast or flexy, anglers now have fly rod choices of eleven feet or more. I like power and turnover. The fly fishing industry changes and grows. Copyright © And many of those adjustments are based on our thought processes around weights and measures. Great read as always Dom. . Never had that problem with typical nymphs like a prince or stone fly. Weight forward fly lines with heavy tapered heads tend to sag, making it harder to keep them from lying on the water. Especially nice after selling a couple older rods to buy it. But if not, a broken rod tip thwacked on a tree limb will make it so. Relax, and let the rod do the work. Bamboo rods are typically found in the higher price bracket and are reserved for only the most serious of fly fisher. Recently I got the recon 2020 10 foot 3 weight and love the feel. Likewise, some power is lost with the extra length. Your email address will not be published. Fly rod manufacturers today sell more rods in 9-foot lengths than any other, but that doesn't make it "standard." That’s not always a bad thing. And be nice. The best days start by learning what most trout in the river are doing. And it’s even more critical while tight line nymphing. So let’s fix that. I started experimenting with longer rods after reading some of your material several years back. I’ve spent many days tightlining from dawn till dusk with that 10′ #5 and never felt like I needed something longer or lighter, although a 4 would be nice for some of the stuff I fish in the summer. Driven by the popularity of euro nymphing and tight line techniques, extra-long rods are offered in two through five weight options. Advantages of a longer rod when Euro nymphing. Remember, what you lose in a specialized rod is versatility. If I want to switch over to dries or whatever, it’s easy to remove and wrap up on a foam spool. Leverage: For battles with deep-water pelagics and other big fish, short fly rods provide more power and leverage for applying serious pressure during the fight. My two long rods are a 10’ 4 wt Loomis NRX+ and the Zephrus Ultralite 9’9” 4 wt. Here are some ways in which a longer fly rod can help an angler. So long tippet under water to reach the strike zone. Tuck. That’s rod recovery, and it’s the number one difference that I see in high-end rods vs low-end options. There are also benefits to using a shorter rod too! But given all the advantages of fly fishing from a kayak — on the water mobility, ease of transport and storage, low maintenance and costs — it’s time for more fly-rodders to embrace the paddle! It’s got an equivalent to a 5 weight butt section with a very sensitive tip. Now, in order to redeem yourself, you feel you must bash fly fishers to re-inflate your damaged ego. It does make it "average." in my case surely not. And the easiest place to start is to know your distances. So, it’s the reach. Thanks Dom. At the heart of every good leader design is an intentional balance between turnover and drag. This disadvantage is probably obvious. With the tip of the fly rod further from your hand, that tip is more difficult to control. Convinced I lost more than one. Consider your fly size and weight. I glad I can have more than one length rod, but I think if I could have only one rod for all round Euro style fishing, I would go with a 10.5 footer. Likewise, I fished tight line, Mono Rigs at distance for five years on a 8.5 foot 5 weight. I just wanted to complement you on the recent article on fly rods. I also wanted to note how the additional comments from fellow anglers is a tremendous help in making my choice. I don’t much like the first generation Cortland competition (10.5 foot 3 weight). As you say, I have been quite happy with it both for mono rigs and dry fly traditional casting. Yesterday I started swinging streamers and ended throwing #24 midges on the Tulpehocken. Advantages Of Fly Rod; Advantages Of Fly Rod. Both rods are Orvis Clearwaters – an excellent rod and an outstanding value, in my opinion. Fly rods are such an individual decision that I, and the Troutbitten readers, would love to hear your thoughts and preferences. FREE Standard SHIPPING Use Code APFreeShip, FREE Standard Shipping On Orders Over $25 - Use Code APFreeShip. Weight-forward designs with long midsections offer the best of both worlds—a longer belly for big roll casts and mends and a … But if the rod is eight feet, then the fly tracks three feet closer to you. For the obvious reasons you clearly pointed out in article ‘the feel’ was just awful, resulting loss of confidence, one broken tip, missed bites… In more skillful hands and with better eleven footer, maybe…. I think what he says about recovery and accuracy, etc. To answer your question, I would loe the rod you have, and I wouldn’t think about changing. Joe C, Your email address will not be published. Slow down and relax, the rod can cast. Recently, fly fisherman have been trying to catch anything and everything on a fly rod, and are able to do so in most cases, so to say fly fishing is just for trout, is really false these days. If you’ve learned the nuances of your favorite tool, and your technique is solid, then you likely have the necessary accuracy. . I didn’t really understand this or realize this until I had a lot of different rods in my hands. Now just a five-inch strip with the rod tip up. Honestly, I feel handicapped with a specialized rod on the river. Dom, the tip on “cast the tip” is tip top! Some argue that a longer rod protects light tippets. thanks, Dear Dom, One more negative foot long rods. A longer rod in tight cover also gives you the option of dappling/reaching the fly over where the fish is with no cast involved whatsoever. They are all wonderful rods, and the current Ultralite LL, 9’9″ is my favorite. Fish what works and be ready for anything — that’s a Troutbitten theme. That’s an excellent point. Friends. Be part of the Troutbitten community of ideas. Long rods generally take longer to load on the backcast than their shorter brothers. Embed Video ... Helios™ 3F 3-Weight 10'6" Fly Rod Recon® 3-Weight 10' 4-Piece Fly Rod Recon® 2-Weight 10' 4-Piece Fly Rod Clearwater® 3-Weight 10' Fly Rod … I have the 11′ shadow x and the recovery seems good to me. They load up well on modern rods and have the power to turn over longer leaders. Domenick Swentosky T R O U T B I T T E N domenick@troutbitten.com. READ: Troutbitten | Fly Casing the Mono Rig — It’s Casting, Not Lobbing. For those of you who read that, it detailed how a fly rod that is longer than (the "standard") 9' can be an advantage. Ideally, each angler finds her own points of compromise. For example, thin fly lines such as Cortland’s .022 inch level line or Rio’s Euro Nymph line make it easier to lift and hold the line above the water. Thanks Dom for the advice about sticking with my older Zephrus Ultralite rather than replacing with the new one. A fly rod is a fishing rod constructed for fly-fishing. Both those rods can do everything I need for my typical trout fishing. But none of these downsides necessarily outweighs the upside of the extra reach gained with a long rod. There are times when I think that another foot would be nice when I can see the math out on the water, but, shoot, I like that rod. A longer fly rod gives you more water (under the rod) to fish effectively. 2021 This year I purchased a 6’6” 3 at bamboo rod. It is in broad principle made like any other fishing rod, but there are some major differences, and an ordinary fishing rod can't be used for fly-fishing. This article answered many of my questions on what rod is best for my type of fly fishing. When we are in contact with the nymph, then everything our rod tip does is transmitted to the fly. I’ve fiddled with several longer rods, none of them very expensive. A fly line with a short head loads a short rod efficiently and allows the angler to quickly deliver big flies short to moderate ­distances. And you might have to force your elbow tight to the body to get the rod tip in the right place. Fly rods are more different than they are the same. Due to their long head sections, they don’t deliver flies delicately. But this is a non-pro talking. You may have joined so late to the community of seven feet fishing rods when some fishing tournament committees already have banned 7-6s or 7-11s and more so an 8-foot huge rod … If I do plan for underwater presentations in the mountains, I usually choose an eight-and-a-half or nine-foot option, for the extra reach and added ability to keep line off the water. This can also be a good choice for wade polaroiding where short, fast presentations are required. For example, I use a 9′ 5 weight Sage Mod. Look at how short some conventional offshore trolling and jigging rods are. These extra-long rods are now reasonable options for trout fishing. Trying to do anything with a standard two piece rod is difficult. For me, anything longer than ten feet is too limiting for streamers, and I don’t like the way ten-plus feet of a fly rod loads with an attached indy. Many anglers lob these mono rigs. This means faster lure speed and greater distance. Spin Fishing – is really meant to catch a lot of fish. I like the fighting butt though. And where the tip goes, so goes the line, leader and fly. Then, as written in the article above, they start to suffer as an all around tool, in my opinion. Anyway, I have learned to take the “experts” advice with a grain of salt. I used to own a Fenwick fiberglass 6 foot 5 weight that I loved for small streams with lots of overhead cover. I’ve ruined a few days this way for myself. And they have no interest in streamers or dries. In this case you may be simply rolling, dipping and dapping because there is usually no need for a back cast. And anything that goes under the water drags even more. Why do you like or dislike the length of your rod? . (This is very similar to the tight-line leader recipe George Daniels recommends, but negates the necessity of buying several spools of various stuff.) Purchase here to support Troutbitten. Artificial flies are differ I have never had lots of money to put toward fishing, with that being said versatility has become a must with all things fly fishing for me. That’s been done for decades. So consider your goals, understand the pros and cons of a longer rod, and then find your point of compromise. Devin Olsen did the math on this a few years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite head-scratching facts. And my choice for thick cover is a seven-and-a-half or an eight-foot rod. The following is a list of advantages and disadvantages of short and long fly rods. I had been using a 9’ 5 at rod for all my fishing for the past 20 years or so. If you know where your rod tip is, you can cast any length of rod in any cover. By allowing your body to create most of the power, called body casting, the spey rod will finish the casts with considerably less arm effort. Don’t let Dom put doubts in your head. 10ft for larger streams and fishing from my kayak. They all catch a lot of fish using different rods in different lengths casting their own go to “confidence” flies. Please share in the comments section below. The only way to know is to fish it, and see how it works for you. Book now to join me in 2020. Hi. Not at all. Family. I tend to fish a fair amount of weight so I prefer a 5 over a 4, and I consider a 5 weight fly line to be the most versatile for trout fishing, so I always have a WF5F spooled up under my mono rig, just in case. Stand in casting position, and move the rod-hand just one foot through its casting V. Now look up and watch the rod tip. I mostly agree with Harold. for some other techniques my rods are now from 8,8′ to 10’2″ 99% of my fly fishing. The 11 footer Harold has probably recovers quite well under tight line nymphing situations, but it likely struggles a bit under heavier setups like suspender rigs or with streamers. Fly fishing is an angling activity that uses a lightweight lure to catch fish. George Daniel’s new book, Nymph Fishing. 7ft for small tight streams. And anything that goes under the water drags even more. It was too heavy and too flexible at the tip. When I stumbled on The Mono Rig and Why Fly Line Sucks back in 2016, I had a Loomis XLS 9′ 3wt gathering cobwebs back in the corner, and I thought, why not? Extending this principle into real-world fishing quickly reveals the handicap of a longer rod for streamers. Understand the length, thickness and weight of your leader’s butt section. A dream to cast and an incredible feel when battling fish - the "fighting butt" is an excellent addition. . Most fishers love going for at least a 7-feet rod. Definitely an acquired taste. While I listed just one main advantage of a longer rod (more reach), I’m about to list numerous disadvantages of extra rod length. PA fly fishing legend Ed Shenk was a big advocate of fishing shorter rods. “The rod you’ll own….next” I switched from the 10’8 3 to the 10′ 3 and couldn’t agree more with all of the points you mention Dom. https://troutbitten.com/2019/07/07/fly-fishing-the-mono-rig-its-casting-not-lobbing/. Every viable advantage boils down to extra reach. There’s a compromise, of course. In my own decades of angling, average fly rods have gotten lighter and longer. The difference is noticeable, and the contrast grows larger in rods over ten feet. This article is part of the Walk Along series. But you’d be even more accurate with a shorter rod. There’s a lot of great options on the market. Most of the two weights that I handle are built with a stiff enough butt section to handle the largest trout you’re likely to encounter, and the long rods in four and five weights are light enough to cast all day. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. Devin Olsen did the math on this a few years ago, possibly more, if the trout are picky enough to reject the fly at distance, Trout Like To Do What Their Friends Are Doing, Distance: Know Your Weights and Measures — Part Two, Troutbitten State of the Union — 2020 Wrap Up, VIDEO | Fly Fishing the Mono Rig: Streamers — Episode 1, Tight Line and Euro Nymphing — The Lift and Lead, Streamer Presentations — The Tight Line Dance, Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #43 — Two Ways to Recover Slack, Get Short and Effective Drifts with Your Fly, Fly Casting — Five Tips For Better Mending, Lost Trout Are Your Fault — Streamer Fishing Myth v Truth, The Meat Eater Minority — Streamer Fishing Myth v Truth, Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #21 — Fear No Snag, Streamer Fishing Myth v Truth — Eats and Misses. It moves a lot more than twelve inches. It was specifically made for dry fly fishing, but with the mid-flex action it’s wonderful for throwing streamers with sink tips (it’s had no problem with any of Galloup’s patterns) or nymphing with a suspender. Stay tuned for that article soon! With streamers, we use the rod tip to lead the line and the fly on a path. And whether that’s a fly line or a Mono Rig, keeping material off the water allows for more contact and more control over our flies. Kind of clunky and works better with a 6 weight line. When traveling any distance at all to go fly fishing, it helps to have a fly rod that packs into a small storage tube. The rod is typically very lightweight and thin compared to most fishing rods. And the lighter a rod is, the easier it is for their small arms to cast. Join the mailing list to receive all Troutbitten articles and updates directly to your inbox. I’m still learning. Your rod should inspire you to want to go fishing. The Hardy is far more useful except for in high winds and on lakes (I’m in Wyoming). Another benefit of the longer rod for the fisherman in the back of the boat is that it keeps the fly line clear of the oars much better than an 8½-foot rod. I’d say my favorite is medium-fast, leaning toward the fast side. Look to graphite or bamboo if you want to buy an expensive fly rod. It’s easier to pick up a dry line for the next cast, because of the extra reach. . But keep the speed short, between two points, with crisp stops. You might be pleasantly surprised! But my favorite rods are also ready to cast small dries, big nymphs, indicator setups, and streamers large or small. Drop. Perhaps I’m sacrificing versatility but do enjoy the experience of fishing various rods and experimenting what capabilities they have. My angles are too wide, and I want quicker, tighter control over the path of my fly through the water. I always tell people that if you can hear the rod WHOOOSH through the air, you’re working way to hard. Fly Casting, Fly Fishing Strategies, Tactics. are true, but I think the differences between a 10 and 10.5 are probably too subtle for most of us to notice, especially within the same model. Understand that an extra foot of fly rod allows us to reach further than just twelve inches. In both of these situations, it might be helpful to have the rod tip closer to us and have that tip be a little more responsive. Shu Fly 10 foot 4 weight was the go-to for a couple of years. Look forward to each article. Most of us want a rod that’s as long as possible but still short enough to mitigate the following disadvantages. It is likely a more versatile way to fish if … Focus . Reading Water, Stories, Tactics, Walk Along. But that’s overstating the point. . . Likewise, when fishing streamers, extra-long rods can be a liability. You can demonstrate this easily with a visible test. — Steve Rajeff, Loomis. Longer rods are better roll casters, better casters with long leaders, better for line mending and steering your fly … Even on my home stream in the valley, which averages fifty to sixty feet across and is bordered by trees for most of its length, I prefer a rod slightly less than ten feet. The tip flex of the longer rod just wouldn’t allow for a crisp set. Rod recovery is also a big factor in the casting accuracy for any style of fly. Two-handed casting has many advantages, longer cast, casting in confined areas, like high banks or trees overhanging, if you have shoulder or arm issue, casting with two hands may keep you on the water longer. I would add that whether it’s a nine or ten foot rod, they tend to be more versatile than the manufacturers specify. . . I usually use soft hackle wets and the shorter rod lets me put the fly on target. The best rods flex in all the right ways and then crisply return to straight, where they’re ready to flex again. Shorter rods are more accurate. But years ago, a rod that long was unwieldy. This method of fishing dates centuries back and continues to grow with technological advancements. I can switch from tight-line to dries or whatever with no problems. Keeping line off the water with the extra reach is helpful for drifting nymphs and dries, but it isn’t as important with streamers, because we aren’t concerned with a dead drift (usually). Pause slightly for the fly to drop. Each time I think about getting a medium action graphite rod in that 7'6" length--say, a GS 773--the Epic does it, and in most cases does it better. Its all in how you cast. Now I’m wondering if I would be better off with the 10′? I’m very familiar with both of those Hardy models. I found a nice deal on a TFO drift a couple years ago on eBay new for $250. Good for tight-lining and little else, in my experience. Watch Next Video. If I can plan ahead I hope to set up a couple walk-wade guided trips with you. I have an 11foot 4 weight. And learn to accurately judge the distance you are casting. Long rods can be difficult to cast in tight cover. Again, these days, it seems that the companies want to pigeon hole these rods into doing just one thing. I love reading people’s thoughts on rods and love nymphing, so this story is especially enjoyable. And long rods can be a liability. Nowadays my sweet spot for tight line nymphing is both sides of 10′ depending on water type etc. Cast the tip. A few weeks ago I was fly fishing with a buddy and his two sons. It has become my go-to rod for small streams. Clearly the 9' rod has become the standard with  single-handers. If there are accuracy problems, it’s not the rod’s fault. My big question is whether the new Hardy is something I should consider since I already have the one before it. And for casting these rigs, I do not like slower action. Your synopsis of length and casting is spot on. On larger streams I like my 9 ft. 5 weight because of it’s versatility. Well, in an opposite way, a shorter fly rod can also have its benefits. And while I can still fish a nymph up close with the 8’er, it just works so much better with 10’ of graphite. Tick. Instead, the selling point, just a few years ago was versatility. Simply put- there is no standard (or traditional) length. And these two qualities determine a leader’s turnover power and the amount of potential drag . READ: Troutbitten | Use a Versatile and General  Fly Rod. When you do the geometry, an extra foot of fly rod provides about three feet of extra reach at thirty feet. Longer rods allow us to hold more line off the water. I had a few euro specific 10 and 10.5 footers. These are first person accounts showing the thoughts, strategies and actions around particular situations on the river, putting the reader in the mind of the angler. They are lighter and less fatiguing than a … And while this is also one of the most common questions I’ve fielded through the years, it has a complex answer that I’ve never tackled in an article. READ: Troutbitten | Tight Line Nymphing — Drift With A Stable Sighter. Right on. I use a Lamson Liquid 1.5 on the Echo by the way. Long rods are able to move more line when setting the hook, too. benefits That I noticed with my clients when I put a longer fly rod in their hands. Rod Length. Given my current experience I really enjoy fishing various rods and exploring their possibilities. After fishing with you two summers ago, and given my favorite stream is primarily a nymph stream, nymphing is my go-to setup. The reality is, in a mountain-laurel-choked brookie stream, swing distance for a fly rod is at a premium. This is a continuation of the "4 Benefits Of Using A Longer Fly Rod" article that I published last week. There are also benefits to using a shorter rod too! So if your goal is a dead drift, above or below the surface, the extra reach that a longer rod provides is always welcome. they get too long. So a specialized rod of eleven feet makes sense to them. Advancing techniques and angler trends encourage companies to adapt and build new gear that suits those needs. I hand many of my guided guests different rods throughout the day, and they all remark on the differences of each rod. Hi Don. How long does it take for the rod to recover, so it’s ready to make the next quick movement? I’m still happily using that rod. Doesn’t it? Fly fishing uses lures called artificial flies that are cast in both fresh and saltwater utilizing a rod and line. Of course, it lacks some of the advantages of a longer rod, but that's a fundamental point of differentiation. I still consider myself a novice fly fisherman although I do own more rods than I should. 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