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TroutAssasin
02-29-2008, 04:25 PM
Im in the market for a new fly rod and ive decided to go with a TFO Professional series 5 wt, but I cant decide on whether to with a 8'6" or a 9 ft rod. How much of a difference is there between the two?

mtnman2888
02-29-2008, 06:19 PM
If you are familiar with fishing long rods, then my advice will always be to go with the longer one. Now 6" isn't that much, but that extra length definitely helps out when high sticking. Some people seemed to be scared of a long rod because they are afraid that they will get hung up all the time, but once you get used to it it's fine. Go with the 9', in my opinion.

Craig

Grumpy
02-29-2008, 10:30 PM
If you are familiar with fishing long rods, then my advice will always be to go with the longer one. Now 6" isn't that much, but that extra length definitely helps out when high sticking. Some people seemed to be scared of a long rod because they are afraid that they will get hung up all the time, but once you get used to it it's fine. Go with the 9', in my opinion.

Craig

2nd that, especially if you're fishing tailwaters. Casting the 8'6 will be easier over the course of a day, mending/working the flows will be a lot easier with the 9' rod.

Grumpy

ccmmcc
03-01-2008, 10:36 AM
Almost always choose the longer rod. Easier to mend line and high stick nymph.

monktrout
03-01-2008, 11:00 PM
TAssasian, For exclusive tail water fishing a nine footer is the way to go. It really helps handle line on the water. I fish downstream way too much so I am always mending soft hackles. However, I have an 8' that is so sweet. It does feel like I have a better sense of control. Great all around size if you can only afford one rod. If you have an addiction to fly fishing you will never have just one rod. Tires are bald, brakes are grinding, but you are always in the market for one more rod. Tight Lines, Monk

TroutAssasin
03-02-2008, 12:16 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I think ill go with the 9 footer.