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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:14 pm • # 1 
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Jeremy and I posed this question to each other and discovered that we view length in UL as important. Without creating bias I won't reveal what we thought, but I am interested in hearing what your choices are and the reasons for them.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:35 pm • # 2 
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6' 9", give or take an inch or two, I consider ideal. ULs can benefits from a little extra length in graphite, but in bamboo, the rod starts to get heavy after 6'6" and needs a heavier reel. Don


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:16 pm • # 3 
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I would like one of each please...in various line sizes...and all lengths...in all the different blank materials...with line and reels to match if possible....hand made/wrapped please...unique or personalized rod appreciated and accepted....send all to.. UL Dreamer.....1 Sorry A@@ Lane....Aintgonnahappen, Al 000-123/4 I am being a bit silly....but, would it not be nice....Image Rob


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:04 am • # 4 
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I like a 5'9"-6'0" in glass / cane, 7' in graphite , after years of experimenting with rod lengths I have concluded that any fly rod under 5'-3" in length requires more work from the caster than I find enjoyable.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:46 am • # 5 
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Hello all, In my situation I'll say 5' to 6' only because I own three rod's that I use for small stream's chasing brook trout.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:03 pm • # 6 
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Well it depends what keep of fish and how I plan to fish. I have a 6'6" 2 weight up to a 10' 3 weight. I believe there is not one rod that can do it all. But if I had to pick just one it would be my Orvis 8'4" 2 weight.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:26 am • # 7 
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John,
That 8'4" Orvis is a great choice.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:46 pm • # 8 
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7'6" or 8" seems to cover alot of situations for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:09 am • # 9 
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Favorite UL length for me depends on the situation. I have a real sweet 7' 6" hollow built 3 weight quad from Erik Peterson that is a wonderful light dry fly rod. Several of my glass offerings i.e. 7' 3" 2/3 weight and 7' 9" 3 weight are both great in a variety of situations. I am also working on a 7' 8" 3 pc. 3 weight hollow built bamboo rod that should be real nice.
And I don't want to leave out my Ishizaki 7' 3/1, 3 weight Japanese glass rod which is a real sweetie.

Dan
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:36 am • # 10 
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Dan,
Welcome to UL Fly Fishers! It's always great to see our friends from ther glass forum turn up and share their thoughts on UL.
By the way, I like that selection of lengths -great for mending or rollcasting. The 7'9" seems to be a propular length with a few manufacturers.

Les


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:11 pm • # 11 
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I like the under 7' rods for small creeks and tight spaces--like Les's creeks--plus they're just fun to cast. I like the 7' to 8' rods for bigger streams or fishing where slightly longer casts or mending are necessary.

I agree with Don that a 6'9" is a great length--that's what my 4 wt LL and this 2 wt cane Purist are, but I also notice as Les mentioned that 7'9" is a popular length as well. My 2 wt and 3 wt LL's are both 7'9", and the TXL's are just over that at 7'10".

Over 8' and they start feeling a little heavy to me--still a lot of fun but they don't feel like ultralights. I have one rod under 6'--the 5'10" Riffle and it's a blast to fish and a great car rod but probably not as versatile as the the Scott at 6'6" or something a little longer.

If someone held a gun to my head and told me I could only keep one rod it'd probably be the 7'9" 3 wt Sage LL, but for some reason I still voted for 6' to 7' as ideal. Image
Heck, I just like UL rods--who cares how long they are! Image


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:33 pm • # 12 
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jdub wrote:
Heck, I just like UL rods--who cares how long they are! Image
A big hardy AMEN to that!

Uncle Larry


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:44 am • # 13 
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I'm on the longer side (ff rods, that is). I seem to fish larger, or more open waters, so 7'6" to 8' works for me. Easier to mend and high stick.


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