Which fly rod action is best for casting longer distance

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Which fly rod action is best for casting longer distance

Post Number:#31  Postby Merlin » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:37 pm

Hi James

Best rod for distance is IMHO the stiffest one you can handle, and I would bet on the tip action one, even if butt action ones can have some terrific line lifting capability. This corresponds to Paul's situation, and the extra distance is relatively small I think, but it exists and can make the difference. This does not mean that it is the case for all people, just a question of taste and "feel good" as they cast.

I interpreted this as an assumption just because it cannot exist for the full range of usable load:
Suppose, hypothetically, I have two rods with the same overall spring constant e.g. the tip deflects by the same amount for a given load, but one of these rods bends down to the corks whilst the other has the bend concentrated at the tip.

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Post Number:#32  Postby Paul Arden » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:40 pm

I don't know about distance, but for ease of casting a rod that flexes to the butt is much easier to "stop".
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Post Number:#33  Postby Merlin » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:44 pm

Paul,

What you say is the result of the self deceleration mechanism. Butt action rods have a larger propensity to self decelerate their butt which comes from their inertial characteristics.

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Post Number:#34  Postby Lasse Karlsson » Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:52 pm

VGB wrote:Hi Lasse

If I hand my glass or bamboo rods to someone with limited experience who has only cast graphite, their stroke length is too often too short, power is applied too quickly and the next stroke starts too soon.

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Thats mostly because everyone and the kitchen sink say you have to change, so they do.
They are using the feedback from the stiffer rod, and change when they shouldn't.

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Post Number:#35  Postby Paul Arden » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:29 pm

Thanks Merlin. Can you explain that again please? :) I'd like to understand it better.

The way I'm looking at it is that with a butt action at any instant (particularly at the first instant) you are stopping a shorter lever. With a rod that only flexes day to mid point you have to stop half the rod straight away, which is much harder on the joints.

Not sure I agree Lasse, we've had fibreglass rods in competition and some of them have been incredibly difficult to cast. On the other hand I don't agree with shorter stroke or narrower arc with graphite because you and I use the maximum we can! So for me it's more of a force application thing.

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Post Number:#36  Postby Paul Arden » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:38 pm

Incidentally at one shootout we had four guys all Board members cast 6, 8 and a 10 weight (Lee, Ben, James and me). Everyone threw their longest casts with the 10 and the shortest with the 6. That sealed it for me, particularly because I was trained up on the HT6.

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Post Number:#37  Postby VGB » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:24 pm

Lasse Karlsson wrote:Thats mostly because everyone and the kitchen sink say you have to change, so they do.
They are using the feedback from the stiffer rod, and change when they shouldn't.

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Agreed Lasse, I think they feel the swingweight on the bamboo instead of the line and start the stroke on that coming through the hand. Might be one for slo mo to see it, or we could put electrodes in their brains to record what they are feeling :p

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Post Number:#38  Postby Paul Arden » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:15 pm

In shootouts it doesn't appear to matter the tackle. The longest casters with graphite are the longest with all rods.

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Post Number:#39  Postby Lasse Karlsson » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:59 pm

Hi Paul

It's ok you don't agree, it just means you're wrong :D

That a rod feels difficult to cast isn't the same as it requires you to change timing (for me thats when to start the next cast, so that the line either unrolls slower or faster) or change the casting arc or casting stroke or your underwear.

Where it your 6, 8 and 10?

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Post Number:#40  Postby Lasse Karlsson » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:07 pm

VGB wrote:
Lasse Karlsson wrote:Thats mostly because everyone and the kitchen sink say you have to change, so they do.
They are using the feedback from the stiffer rod, and change when they shouldn't.

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Agreed Lasse, I think they feel the swingweight on the bamboo instead of the line and start the stroke on that coming through the hand. Might be one for slo mo to see it, or we could put electrodes in their brains to record what they are feeling :p

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With limited experience, they wont feel the line with the graphite either, they'll feel something heavy, and as soon as it kicks they think the line is straight and go the other way, and since the kick is hard, they go hard. Then some nicknack tell them to waiting longer, because its a soft rod that take longer to unload, and the line is travelling so much slower you can light your pibe while it does.. Yeah because science :yeahhh:

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