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Does your spinning rod tip sink like a rock ?

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I fish tubes, senko's, and the like, with a rod raised at about the one thirty position. It seems like allot of folks here believe that a longer spinning rod has so many advantages with line management. I do allot of river fishing and I am always looking for better line sweep or better hook-up, or farther casting or what ever other advantages there are to a longer spinning rod. When I say longer I mean a seven footer, plus or minus an inch or two. I fish mainly 6'6" rods. Went to BPS this morning and took my own reel along, a stradic 2500. Well the longer the rod I put my reel on the heavier the outfit got. It seems to me the if I am going to spend a full day on the water comfort win's out over line management. (Sort of) Adding weight's to the butt just makes things heavier. Am I missing something here?

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I fish tubes, senko's, and the like, with a rod raised at about the one thirty position. It seems like allot of folks here believe that a longer spinning rod has so many advantages with line management. I do allot of river fishing and I am always looking for better line sweep or better hook-up, or farther casting or what ever other advantages there are to a longer spinning rod. When I say longer I mean a seven footer, plus or minus an inch or two. I fish mainly 6'6" rods. Went to BPS this morning and took my own reel along, a stradic 2500. Well the longer the rod I put my reel on the heavier the outfit got. It seems to me the if I am going to spend a full day on the water comfort win's out over line management. (Sort of) Adding weight's to the butt just makes things heavier. Am I missing something here?

What brand of rods did you put your reel on ?

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I fish tubes, senko's, and the like, with a rod raised at about the one thirty position. It seems like allot of folks here believe that a longer spinning rod has so many advantages with line management. I do allot of river fishing and I am always looking for better line sweep or better hook-up, or farther casting or what ever other advantages there are to a longer spinning rod. When I say longer I mean a seven footer, plus or minus an inch or two. I fish mainly 6'6" rods. Went to BPS this morning and took my own reel along, a stradic 2500. Well the longer the rod I put my reel on the heavier the outfit got. It seems to me the if I am going to spend a full day on the water comfort win's out over line management. (Sort of) Adding weight's to the butt just makes things heavier. Am I missing something here?

What brand of rods did you put your reel on ?

I tried a few St Croix, Shimano, and a few G Loomis. I started at 6'6" and tried different rods on up to 7'. It seemed like every inch I added made the rod more tip heavy. Going from a med. to a med. light seemed to help some but then I am getting a wimpier rod, but maybe that's ok, my experience with 7 foot wimpier rods is "none". I have a Crucial 6'6' med. fast that I really enjoy fishing with but I want to step up to a longer rod if there are more advantages to it.

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Are you concerned with over-all weight or a heavy tip? If you're looking for a better balance look at different handle lengths. If you can't find what you want, you might consider a custom build.

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You never said where your hand is when you grip the rod. If you have your hand mostly behind the reel, it will probably be tip heavy. I hold the rod either ahead of the reel, or have only my pinky behind the reel on the grip. Makes a difference. I use a lot of longer 7' to 8' rods for Smallmouths and have never had that problem.

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ALL RODS ARE TIP HEAVY TO SOME DEGREE.I BALANCE ALL MY RODS WITH ROD BALANCERS FROM BASS PRO SHOPS.THE BALANCE POINT IS THE CENTER OF THE REEL SO THE TIP FEELS WEIGHTLESS.

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ALL RODS ARE TIP HEAVY TO SOME DEGREE.I BALANCE ALL MY RODS WITH ROD BALANCERS FROM BASS PRO SHOPS.THE BALANCE POINT IS THE CENTER OF THE REEL SO THE TIP FEELS WEIGHTLESS.

yes.

except i think the balance point is better set on your finger that is farthest up the rod. i.e. i hold my spinning rod with my index finger ahead of the reel, and i balance my rod,reel (+1/4oz) on that.

my ugly stick 7' saltwater rod with a quantum 40 size reel on it FEELS lighter than my 7'6 crucial with no reel on it.

obviously it is not.

esp. with spinning rigs, balance is more important than overall weight imho.

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