Heat Complete Fly Outfits
- 7'10" rod delivers some wicked ''heat''
- Respond to a shorter, more aggressive power stroke on the cast
- Legal length for bass tournaments
- Includes matching Hobbs Creek™ large arbor reel, Bass Taper fly line, backing, and leader
Muscling big flies and big fish around tight cover requires rapid reflexes and a fly rod that can respond instantly. Hauling a snook out of mangroves or a bass out of a treetop are basically the same job, best accomplished with a shorter rod that delivers more torque. These 7'10" rods bring some wicked ''heat'' when you’re driving home the iron; they also respond to a shorter, more aggressive power stroke on the cast. Legal length for bass tournaments.
Outfits include a matching Hobbs Creek™ large arbor reel, Bass Taper fly line, backing, and leader.
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What about fighting a large fish? Does the shorter length make it more difficult?
Now that I'm used to a shorter rod (8-10 wt), I can consistently cast it further than my 9 footers of the same line weights because I can generate more hand speed, and load it faster.
As far as fish fighting, a shorter rod gives you more raw leverage, control, and power on big fish. Note that most big game fly rods (14-16 wt) are only 8 feet long.
Personally I would go with a longer rod. You will be doing distance casting, extremely long casts and this will be hard with such a small rod. You can do it, but I suggest double-hauling and a good night's sleep before. As well, when fishing the flats or any saltwater it seems, those fish will see you and they will spook. With a longer rod, you will have to struggle less to get it out there and be more precise with your targets. Good Luck!!