Short Bait Casting Rod
The typical modern short casting rod, as distinguished from the old style and longer casting rods of which the well-known "Henshall" rod may be taken as an example, and which the short rods have largely superseded, varies in length for practical fishing purposes from five and a half to six feet. For distance tournament casting, shorter rods are sometimes used. The essential difference in the use of the short rod and that of the long is that the short rod is employed almost exclusively to cast artificial baits, spoons, single hook fly-spoons, artificial minnows, and pork-rind baits of various descriptions, and to cast them largely with the overhead cast; while the longer rod is best adapted for the live minnow with the side cast. Overhead casting is not practicable with rods much over six feet in length. When fishing it is very advantageous to be able to employ the overhead and side casts at will; also, at the present time, the tendency among bait-casters is very strongly toward the use of artificial baits.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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