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Anyone Use A 5'6" Rod?

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I do. I have 2 early 80's Fenwick Eagle Graphites, an early 90's Ugly Stick and an early 90's Lightning Rod. I had a 5'6" Gloomis but I sold it. I am thinking of buying another Gloomis 5'6" rod.

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Had a 5' 4" Cabela's XML I loved for fishing spinnerbaits but it killed my wrist after a day of fishing them. Only rod I have that short now are ultralites for panfish and trout.

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Sure. I have two 5'6" spinning rods - one is a 2-piece light-power, the other is a 5-piece medium-light pack rod. Great rods - the 2-piece rod has a 33" channel cat to it's credit (on 6lb test). The 5-piece rod has been all over the country (and in several other countries for that matter).

I have a 5'6" pistol-grip medium-power casting rod laying around but haven't used it lately (just can't get into pistol-grip rods anymore!).

Then, I have some shorter rods - 3'm and 5'ul spinning, and a 5'l pistol-grip casting rod that has a spincast reel on it.

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I have a 5'6 bps wally marshall crapie rod I threw a sedona on for wading small secrete creeks that happen to have some large small mouth in them like avg 4lbs usualy with occasional 5s and 6s. Now that's a fun fight smallmouth on a little UL and 4lb test

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I have 2 5'6" pistol grip rods that I carry in my truck for lunch-break fishing trips. They're nothing fancy, an old Berkeley Cherrywood MH and a Mitchell IM6 medium, but they do the job, they fit easily in the cab of my Dakota and if they're broken or stolen, I'm not out much.

Tom

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Go Smaller, lol! I have a 5' BPS micro elite combo with 6lb line. It had no problems bringing in a 2.8 lb bowfin. I even wacky rig with it sometimes. Nothing big besides like what my son has in my avatar. The bowfin was the only fish of size on the setup.

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I have a 5-4 that I use for skipping some really tight docks, that's the only application in which I use it though. Otherwise it sits at home.

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There are times I could really use one. I sometimes fish thick trees and overhanging branches with little room to maneuver a short rod would be ideal. Hard to justify the purchase for 4 or 5 outings a year.

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Give it a few years....we'll be touting the new Japanese Short Rod technique, LOL.

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You need to talk to Grampa1114. He has two that are like wet noodles, one ultralight. But, he sure catches fish with them. A two or three pound bass bends them double, but he has no trouble getting them to the boat.

He's got me into fishing 1/16 ounce jigheads with various baits. So, I just got a six foot light Browning, Saros 1000, spooled with four pound InvisX. At his suggestion, I'll load the extra spool with six pound InvisX. I'm so used to 6.5 foot rods I got the six foot Browning. The 5.5 felt a bit small. Nonetheless, Grampa does very, very well with his 5.5 St Croix.

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i have 5 i use 90% of the the time I love pistol grips they really do perform for what i do best short range to med range t- riggin and SB

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Almost all my rods are shorter than 6 foot. I can't use those pistol grip rods though. Can't hit the broad side of a barn with them, and thhey are uncomfortable to me.

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I don't care much for the pistol grips either. The GLoomis that I had, had a really short straight grip. Much more comfortable than a pistol grip IMHO. I am surprised that short rods still have a following. John

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I have a total of 7. 2 are 5'2" spinning rods made by Shimano ML 2522, 2 Shimano 5'6" casting rods ML 1551, 1 Berkley Limited Edition casting rod LE-15 & 2 custom built casting rods 5'6" on Shikari blanks. I carry the last 2 in the boat with me but don't use them as much as I did back in the day.

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Yes, I still use 5' 6" pistol grip rods in heavy or medium-heavy action. I can't stand in a boat due to bad balance. So I find it hard to use rods over 6' and prefer 5' 6". Most of my rods are old, but I do have one source that sells this type of rod for about $120. I have been using this type of rod my whole life since the old Heddon Pal Wormer. I can't pitch or flip, but my casting is very accurate. I can pitch with a spinning rod, but I hate flipping or pitching. With a spinning rod, I can skip cast fairly well.

One good thing about these rods is that I have never broken any using braid lines.

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I use to use 5'-6" and 6'-0" all of the time. Now I don't use anything shorter than 6'-6".

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I have 2 old 5'6. Casting rods. One fiberglass with a pistol grip but damaged blank unfortunately. Also an old Berkeley grapgite 5'6 rod. Haven't used it much but thinking about finding a reel and keeping in the truck, use wading streams, or for small topwater poppers etc. Hard to use a rod under 6' though.

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I love my 5'6 Falcon. I use it with a spinnning reel when wading in the river/stream for Smallie. Also use when I go to areas with a lot of overhanging trees.

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