Cool, I remembered wrong them, was sure it was a guideline 7 in Estonia
Nevertheless, I don't mind either, it's just the "stiffer rods casts further" being thrown around so often, that you'll get tired of it.
Paul often says that of you over line your rod, you bought the wrong rod, and then writes either 5 or 10 on the same blank
Half weight lines and shite
PS. Just dug out the numbers I did way back, so better post them here:
5 rods of differing ERN
Sage XP 590: ERN 5,5 AA 70
Sage TCR 590: ERN 7,4 AA 72
Streamstix T5: ERN 9,0 AA 75
Echo ION 1090: ERN 11,6 AA 75
Echo 3 1290: ERN 13,7 AA 70
Line ED 5 weight (well used Wink )
I did first 5 casts with each, starting with the XP and going stiffer, then did another round of 5 going softer after I got to the 12 weight.
Conditions where basicly no wind with the occasional gust, just around sunset so the dew fell during the exercise.
Also did a max carry with each just to see the numbers..
XP Avg.: 34,6 m Longest: 36,1 m Carry: 27,3 m
TCR Avg.: 35,6 m Longest: 37,6 m Carry: 29,2 m
T5 Avg.: 34,5 m Longest: 38,1 m Carry: 28,5 m
ION Avg.: 35,2 m Longest: 38,4 m Carry: 28,1 m
E3 Avg.: 36,4 m Longest: 38,3 m Carry: 27,1 m
I need to do this indoors this winter to check, and to do it while warm, cast cold due to fading light Blush So the stiffer rods basicly got the advantage, should have gone the other way around too, but it got too dark to see the line on the delivery..
But some interesting results never the less Smile
Went out again this afternoon to try it in reverse order (12 first all the way down to 5 and up) And took the rod I usually throw 5 weight distance with to get a reference point.
XP Avg.: 36,2 m Longest: 37,2 m Carry: 26,5 m
TCR Avg.: 38,5 m Longest: 39,3 m Carry: 28,1 m
T5 Avg.: 37,4 m Longest: 38,9 m Carry: 28,6 m
ION Avg.: 38,6 m Longest: 39,3 m Carry: 26,8 m
E3 Avg.: 37,1 m Longest: 39,1 m Carry: 27,2 m
TCX 690 Avg.: 39,3 m Longest: 40,3 Carry: 28,8 m
Data on the TCX ERN 8,4 AA 74.
Had a steady wind today as the numbers show Smile
And I think the control rod answers Mike's question pretty clearly, it's definetly the one I would choose for competition Wink
Now I just have to redo indoors to get a third set of data in a controlled enviroment Smile