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Evening I like to throw the top water frog around. And I'm stuck up on shore. I recently got a new baitcaster and a 6'6 rod which s making it hard to be able to walk the frog. 

I have a smaller rod, not sure the size, how much of a difference will it make putting my reel on the smaller rod to make it easier to walk that frog? 

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The only time rod length would effect walking a frog would be is if the rod is too long to handle. Either hitting the water or just too heavy for your wrist to control. 6'6" is considered a fairly short rod these days. I could see rod action making it harder to walk than the length. 

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Since you're standing, a shorter rod may indeed
help out with the twitching needed to walk the 
frog.

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I'm with WIGuide on this, but a sure way to find out if rod action is the reason you're having difficulty is to attempt to work the frog with the tip up rather than down.  If you're still having difficulty walking it, it's very likely the rod, not it's length.

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One thing to consider with hollow body frogs is that there will be times that you need to get them out of the slop. A 7'+ rod gives you much better leverage to get them on top of the slop to get them out. As far as the walking action, make sure you are giving the frog about a foot of slack when walking it. Seems like most people prefer an XF action for their frog rod. I myself prefer F, but XF does seem to make the frog walk better. 

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I typically don't have any problem walking it, it's just the tip of the rod will smack the water and get all nasty, plus I'm having to hold my arms up higher to my chest and it makes it awkward and ends up hurting my wrists after a few min. 

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If the "working" length of the rod is OK you can always shorten the handle . I do this often as I fish sitting in a smaller boat and in cooler weather the end of the handles somehow wind uo getting hung in the opening of a flannel shirt right above the wrist. Aggravating as he#$ !

I cut 3 or 4 inches off the handle and it's great. Rod action/performance is unchanged and feels more comfortable in my hands.

I usually have the split handles of cork with a section of exposed rod blank part way up the handle. This sounds like sacrilidge, I know, but it works. 

Bring a small pot of water to boil. Stick the rod handle in the boiling water and keep rotating. When it gets warm, using an old rag or dish towel, twist the end piece of cork off the end of the rod. Only takes a few minutes. Then comes the scarry part. Take a hacksaw and shorten the rod to the desired length. Smooth off the end and stick the cork end piece back on the rod.

Sounds terrible I know but I have done this many times with no problems whatsoever. Makes the rods much more comfortable as not everybody makes two hand casts with long handle rods.

Then again, I'm old school when all we had was pistol grips.

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