Leave it to Devin Olsen of Tactical Fly Fisher to make a physics equation out of the length of a fly rod vs the actual reach of the fly rod.
No, really. Leave it to Devin.
I’ve often wondered and commented to friends that the 10 foot rod seems to reach a lot further out into the water than my 9 foot rod. Like, a lot more than just one foot further.
I suspected that some calculations with hypotenuses and things were in order to find the answer — which is why I’ve never buckled down and figured it out. I was an English major, with a minor in Philosophy, and those types of numbers mixed with Greek letters and symbols make my brain hurt.
No worries. Devin did it for us.
This may all seem like an unnecessary plunge into Algebra, but if you’re looking for a new fly rod, the length is arguably the first thing to consider.
So, how much reach does an extra foot of fly rod really get you?
Thanks Devin. Now I know the reality behind my own perception.
Enjoy the day.
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