Fly Rod Length
Fly rods for trout and bass should be of a length from eight to eleven feet, but nine and a half or ten feet is about the standard. Lighter rods may be used to fish for trout in lakes than in streams, for there they are somewhat less active and do not have a current to help them out in fighting. For lake fishing the longer rods may also be used. In bass rods there is less latitude in choice and a slightly heavier rod than for trout is recommended. For catching the smaller trout in small mountain streams extremely light rods are sometimes used. The lightest rods made weigh only one and three-fourths ounces, or a trifle more, and are seven feet long.
These rods are very delicate, however, and should only be used by experts. For general trout fishing a split bamboo a rod ten feet long, weighing about five and a half ounces, is right, and for black bass it should weigh six ounces, or a little more, especially where the fish run fairly heavy or are found in rapid streams. Solid wood rods should be from a half ounce to an ounce heavier.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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