John Finn wrote:
Hey Chris, while I'm not a competition caster I do find this subject interesting and more importantly I can understand this thread which is not always the case up here.
We all want to be more accurate , especially while sight fishing so I was wondering why you don't use glass in competition seeing as you train with it, and as a pure fishing tool, do you prefer it.
Hi John Finn, glad you’ve found this ‘rod accuracy’ thread interesting and understandable!
I believe you’ve stated a VERY common desire of most fly fishers, “We all want to be more accurate, especially while site fishing…”
In fact, that is the main benefit of playing FUN accuracy games and equipment tweaking… It improves your fundamental skills and enjoyment while fishing!
Regarding fiberglass, the primary reasons the McCormick’s and I don’t compete with it for the Trout Accuracy game, are the current rules and speed of the event.
With 16 scoring casts required in 5 minutes and the official fly being supplied, the game is similar to fishing a size 10-12 saturated dry or wet fly at a fairly speedy clip.
To make glass rods light enough to cast quickly and with precision, the outside rod diameter has to be designed larger (than graphite) with thin walls.
With unpredictable winds during a 5 minute competition round, a glass rod with more air resistance and a slightly heavier reel to balance it, can quickly become a disadvantage when there isn’t adequate time to pause, rest and let winds subside.
In comparison, the 8.5’ early graphite rods we’re using, in conjunction with our efficient casting strokes, kind of hit a ‘sweet spot’ in aerodynamics, action, stiffness, length and overall outfit weight.
For fishing and teaching fundamentals, I enjoy fiberglass rods immensely and recommend them regularly for 6wt lines on down. Especially like them for surface fishing and making roll, switch or spey casts in calm to moderate wind.