Any thoughts on this?

Jul 19, 2015
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Oh No
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I've always been particular in the "butt to reel seat distance".
Some rods seem to require an awkward stretch to use, while others
fit perfectly.
Certainly inshore may be different than offshore preference.
What is it, is there a general rule of thumb?
 
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Shewillbemine

"should of" is NOT a thing
Oct 19, 2012
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I'd say you need to get your hands on the rod and reel combo in person to make that judgment.
 

skrilla

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If casting is a priority usually a longer rear handle may be preferred. Some go by the length from the palm to the elbow then micro adjustments from there.

If fighting a fish and sticking the butt in your gut is a priority then a shorter rear handle may be preferred. The reel should be lower and closer in to your body so your not reaching too far. Low reel position gives you an advantage so when you crank the handle you can exert more force.

If fighting a fish on the rail is a priority then you may want enough rear handle to comfortably fit under your arm/body. Find the leverages that best work for you here.
 

fishin_kid

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 5, 2012
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I’m the same way. Factory rods with reel seats always had me slightly hunched over when fighting a fish. So I started building my own rods and prefer the elbow —> palm (where you will be cupping the reel) distance. Makes it so much more comfortable to fight a fish and easy to drink your beer.
 

Noah & Scoot

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I’m the same way. Factory rods with reel seats always had me slightly hunched over when fighting a fish. So I started building my own rods and prefer the elbow —> palm (where you will be cupping the reel) distance. Makes it so much more comfortable to fight a fish and easy to drink your beer.
Art on the searcher did a vid on that ! Seems very logical