I have merged to primarily 8ft rods Steve. I like the additional leverage and reach.I could try that search again, but why not start a new one. My two 40 lb outfits are a Penn FTH30LD2 and an old Shimano Tyrnos12II both filled with 60 lb hollow. I fish them with short (20-25’) topshots of fluorocarbon. I’m good to go with the reels. My question is about the rods.
I put the Penn on a G Loomis Pelagic Series PSR84-40C SU, rated 30-50. The Tyrnos goes on an aged Seeker Black Steel that I built a long time ago, still works well. It was 6’6” and I extended the handle length. The blank number is CJB65H, I think it was rated 35-50, not like the CJBF65H rated 30-80. Anyway, they’re both 7’ and they work well.
Question is, with the popularity of longer rods, like the 7’6” and 7’8” rail rods, are you guys now mostly using 8’ rods for flylining?