Time for the Long Rod

Check out this brief write-up by Dally’s Ozark FlyFisher on the “long rod.”

The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal

Nate with a fistful of 10’ rods in the shop yesterday

THERE is no substitute for have the right tool for the job when required.

Now my natural inclination is toward 9’ and shorter sticks. But then again I also like Worcestershire sauce on my eggs, stick shifts, Vegemite and I wrap my thread clockwise when tying. I don’t expect y’all have to be the same.

But right now 10’ rods are definitely the right choice to fish the bigger water on the White and Norfork. I’ve been running a 10’ 5wt Sage One, which like a lot of the top-end ten-footers, are now lighter both physically and in terms of swing weight than 9’ rods of not that long ago. But equally there are some very good long rods priced from $200 in the shop, that will get it done.

The major benefit of jumping to a longer rod…

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