Short Fly Rods
The little rods easily lengthen out a line quite sufficient for ordinary trout waters — under favorable circumstances. We hear much about the most favorable times and conditions for fishing. How many of us wait for these exact and infallible conditions to materialize?
We go fishing when we can, and if the weather, water and the like are not precisely such as the authorities state as requisite, we quite often catch a few trout, and, anyway, we have a good time. Anyone who has cast all day against a strong, steady wind, knows how hard it is to do good work even with a moderately heavy and long rod. And when, for hours, you have cast in a drizzling rain, until the line in spite of its waterproofing seems to have soaked up gallons of water, and the rod, seemingly, has been reduced to lifeless pulp — then you realize how difficult it is to cast "fine and far off" sometimes, even without the handicap of a small, light rod. These things should have weight in the process of elimination.
We have now, to our own satisfaction, at least, reduced the choice of a rod to the lengths between nine and ten feet inclusive. The weights of these rods vary from five to six ounces, in some cases with accompanying fractions. Any of these rods are good, everyday "meat" rods, and if proper allowance for the character of your favorite stream be made in the choice, will answer all requirements.
As a final word on the subject of length and weight, it may be said that the fly-rod of ten feet and weighing six ounces is by far the most capable and satisfactory rod for all waters except very small mountain brooks. If only one rod is to be purchased, the ten footer is strongly advised.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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