No need for a new thread...its all on the same line...ted patlen wrote:yo,
Why do some people insist that a "fast" rod is required for dry fly fishing?
Maybe i should have started a different thread here. sorry if i jumped the thread line.
From what I read about "dry fly action" in the history books, it was about "cracking" the fly on the backcast to dry it in the air. The stiffer the rod, the tighter the loop and faster the line speed, so it was easier to produce this sharp stop at the end of a cast to help shock the moisture off a fly.
There are plenty of rods that are "fast" and still offer a light tip for tippet protection, but I think in the hands of an experienced guy tippet protection is a user induced action. Everyone has seen guys fishing for hours and when that one fish finally rises and takes his fly, he almost dislocates his shoulder setting the hook...excitement sometimes gets the best of all of us. No rod ever made can help that tippet from breaking when subjected to that.
Rod design is a funny subject. I often wonder why there are so many types of cars, when so many look so much alike. I used to be able to tell you the make, model and year of a car from 1/4 mile away in a fog by just looking at the tail lights, now I cant tell the difference between 2 when they are parked next to each other 10ft away. Its about money, and winning over the spending public. Same thing with rod companies, they need to offer as many choices as possible to attract the highest number of customers for success. CJ