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Advantages of a long rod, by historian Andrew Herd

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:21 pm
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
Just reread a part of Andrew Herd's book, "The Fly", a real wonderful book by the way.

There is even one part where he talks about tenkara, and then talks about other parts of the world where reel-less (or fixed-line) fly fishing methods are practiced. Thought the following quote was interesting and relevant:

“The long rod brings several advantages which are sacrificed by those using shorter ones: much better line control and the lack of any need to false cast being but two. An anglers with a long rod can laugh at cross currents, since he can lift the fly across them and with practice it is possible to drop the fly right on the head of the fish in a way which can’t be managed with a shorter rod. … the long trout rod was a clear favourite for many centuries; while it may look odd to our eyes, our forefathers had very good reasons for sticking with it.”

Re: Advantages of a long rod, by historian Andrew Herd

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:56 pm
by grampa
After fishing with a tenkara rod, I absolutely agree!

Re: Advantages of a long rod, by historian Andrew Herd

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:39 am
by rsetina
Great quote Daniel. Thanks for posting it for us to read.