9' 5 wt. or 8 1/2' 5 wt.?

CrabulaCrabula MemberPosts: 31 Member
I'm buying one of these rods to fish for small bass and bluegill out of my kayak with the low and clear water levels in the river now. Given the two are the same manufacturer, the same model and line weight and both medium fast action rods, which would be better for throwing #6 poppers to smallmouth bass and bluegills on my local river, the 9' 5 wt. or the 8 1/2' 5 wt. and why?:confused:


  • dryfliedryflie Senior Member Posts: 1,442 Senior Member
    I have two 8 1/2 ft 5wts and love them, probably fish them 80% of the time. But I'm either wading or standing in a canoe or boat, I'm not sitting low in a kayak. You might prefer the 9ft if most of your fishing is in the kayak.
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  • SilverCreekSilverCreek Senior Member Posts: 131 Senior Member
    I recommend you get the 8.5 ft. 5 wt. Gary Borger Light Touch Rod that is about 65% off at:


    It comes with two rod tips. Here is Gary test casting an entire fly line with that rod during product development. I got the rod at wholesale and the sale price is less than that. I bought two of these rods because I liked them so much.

  • CrabulaCrabula Member Posts: 31 Member
    Thanks Silver Creek but I already know what manufacturer I'm buying from it's just a matter of whether I go with the 8 1/2' or the 9' 5 wt. for casting #6 bugs to river smallmouth and bluegills out of my kayak.
  • JLTJLT Senior Member Posts: 484 Senior Member
    Go with the 9'. The extra 6" will come in handy since you'll be sitting down while fishing in your kayak
  • CrabulaCrabula Member Posts: 31 Member
    I test cast the 8 1/2 ' and the 9' 5 wt. rods and liked the 9' more so I bought it. It was smoother casting for me than the shorter rod and seemed a little more powerful on the long casts. Thanks for everyone"s advice and comments.

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