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What's the benefit of a 6'8" rod

Discussion in 'Tackle Talk' started by BassariskY, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. What's the difference between a 6'6" rod compared to a 6'8" rod? Does those 2 inches really make that much of a difference??
     
  2. I bet they get some extra money for those 2". :D I suspect most of us would never notice much difference.
     

  3. If anything itt may help you get a little more distance with a lighter bait but over all I bet 2" won't make a ton of difference.
     
  4. fishingredhawk

    fishingredhawk Ohio Hawg Hunter

    Well, if you are planning on using the rod as a pitching or flipping rod, the extra two inches will allow you to use less effort to get your bait where you want it. I personally prefer a 6'8" over a 6'6" for pitching.
     
  5. they don't make much of a difference, a 6.8 holds up better in fights, but it is not worth extra $ for 2 more inches.

    Now a 6.6 and a 7, there is a big difference
     
  6. Yes if you break the tip of your 6'8'' rod you might end up with a 6'6'' rod in return.Just looking at the bright side. I have two that are 6'8'' and did not know it if that helps.
     
  7. Bass_turd

    Bass_turd Crankin' or workin'

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    not sure of the purpose but wouldn't a little bit longer rod making moving line on the hook set better, and casting distance. the height of the person using the rod might have something to do with it also. I have a rod shortened from 7 to 6'8 and love it. sometimes the 7 footers are just to heavy to use all day.
     

  8. Wait 'til I ask my wife...YEP, 2" makes a difference!
     
  9. 6'8" rods are the higher dollar rod companies way of sperating themselves from the rest. A lot of St. Croix's rods you will notice are 6'8". I think it has it's advantages. I'd rather have it be 6'9" so you're inbetween 7' and 6'6". The 6'8" however gives you the best of both 7 and 6'6. The extra length gives you the longer casting and better accuracy compared to the 6'6". I feel that it has a better backbone for setting the hook and fishing in thicker weeds and folage compared to a 7'. So in a way yes the 6'8" is better than a 7 or 6'6" because you can have a little of both world with out having to have both a 6'6" and 7' setup
     
  10. you need to also pay attention to the length of the handle and position of the reel seat. I have a 7 ft rod that fishes more like a 6,6 because its handle is so long.
     
  11. My thanks to Nitro! I couldn't have said it better myself. I have four rods that are 6'8" and IMO they are the best of both worlds. Custom made by R&B Custom rods.
     
  12. most 6'8" rods have extra fast action instaed of the fast or slower that most all 6'6" rods have
     
  13. that's not totally true. Yes it is easier to find a 6'8" with an extra fast tip, but they also can be found in fast very easily.
     
  14. Garyoutlaw77

    Garyoutlaw77 Rough Fish Ambassador

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    Most of my St. Croix rods are in the odd sizes & all of mine have the medium power & Xtra fast tips. I feel the size is not the key here but the tip action is where you'll fall in love.. trust me worth EVERY penny just ask the guy standing next to me on the Maumee River or the guys Perch jerken'
    XF is the winner hands down & the casting models have plenty of ass behind them.
     
  15. 6'8 AND 7' rods are great rods for flipping,more sensitivity, it gives you more leverage when fish are giving you a fight, it also gives you better casting distance and hook sets are easier........I have mainly fished with a 6'6 baitcasting setup but after I bought a 6'8 and a 7'0 I have been using them alot more than my 6'6