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What is the Significance of Different Fishing Rod Lengths?

Viewer Question: “Hi guys. I’ve been frequenting your website for a while now and love it!

I’m fairly new to fishing and the tips have been great! I have a question about rod length.

In looking at rod specs on various websites, I’ve noticed several rods that are identical in every way except length from the same manufacturer.

They have the same power, same line capacity and are rated for the same lure weights.The only difference is that one is 6′6″ and the other is 7′0″.

What is the significance of the different rod lengths? In what situations would you use one over the other?

Thanks in advance.” - Ron W

Hi Ron,

Nice to hear from you & thanks for visiting our web site. We generally put out new information and/or video’s each week, and are happy to do so!

Regarding fishing rod length - the longer the fishing rod, the harder it is to control, but the lighter you can go with your line, and the longer your casts will be.

1) Fishing Rod Lengths for Jigging

If you are jigging, you’re not going to want to use a long fishing rod. When jigging, a 6 foot to 6 1/2 foot rod would be ideal. Fishing rods 7 foot and longer start to get cumbersome.

A 6 foot or 6 1/2 foot fishing rod is comfortable for all day casting and allows you to maintain better control over your jigging.

2) Fishing Rod Lengths for Casting/Cranking

However, if you are casting a crank bait or spinner bait, then a 7 foot fishing rod will allow you to cast further. In fact, if you are casting off a surf and need to really get out far, than a 9 foot rod is even better.

So longer fishing rods, will get you longer casts.

3) Fishing Rod Lengths for Trolling

Also, if you are trolling, then your fishing rod can also be longer (7 feet to 8 feet).

This extra length will once again “absorb” the constant pressure and stress on your line from the constant trolling motion.

When trolling, your fishing rod is basically stationary - so it’s not as if you are steadily casting, so it will not get in the way.

4) Shorter versus Longer Fishing Rods

A longer fishing rod will also “absorb” some of the fight from the fish and thus, puts less stress on your fishing line. So if you need to use light fishing line - for example some trout anglers use 4 lb test line - then the longer the fishing rod is, the better chance you have to land the fish and avoid your line from breaking.

A short fishing rod (shorter than 6 feet) would be nice when you get into ultra light fishing rods for pan fish. These short, ultra light fishing rods make for a lot of fun on the water and you can have a great time with the pan fish using short, ultra light fishing rods.

One last point regarding fishing rods - I always prefer a one piece fishing rod - regardless of the length - as it is much more sensitive and more durable.

Mind you, there are times when a multiple piece fishing rod comes in handy, but for the most part, 1 piece fishing rods are the way to go.

Thanks for writing in Ron & as always, until next time, good luck and good fishing!


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