October 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm #5577
When test casting a rod, what’s the most important aspect of it to you? I understand it’s important about how it casts for a person, and I know some people have to cast those parking lot casts maybe because it’s needed for the purpose someone is buying the rod for, and it’s fun to do it. But for me, when test casting, I keep it as real as I can for the way that I fish. In other words, I want to see how it performs on average distance of 30 to maybe 50 feet for rods I take on the bigger waters, and for the creeks, anywhere from 15 to 25 feet. Is it easy to cast with the recommended line, or do I have to find another line that will work to the standards that I appreciate. I try also to work on accuracy by picking targets like a cigarette butt in the parking lot or something I can find.
There’s one more thing I look at, and it’s how the rod feels when hooked to a fish. After all, I’m buying the rod to fish with, so I also want to see the bend in the rod. I want to feel it through the butt of the rod into my hand, so I’ll have the sales person hold the other end of the line and make it taught while I lift the rod tip to see and feel the bend, then the sales person will put a little action in it like a fish doing a head shake.
When I fish, I don’t have to catch a fish to be happy, but when I do, I want it to be rememberable in how it felt through the rod into my hand. The way a rod feels casting while it’s loading and unloading is great, but I will have to be honest and say I do love to feel the tug from a fighting fish. And you can’t get that from casting on the lawn at home.October 10, 2016 at 8:04 am #5578
I don’t test cast or practice on a lawn. I only do it on water, because that’s how i’m going to use the rod.October 14, 2016 at 11:44 pm #5579
Most important aspect? Hmm.. A combination of accuracy, loading close, tons of feel, loop control, balance, grip and seat shape and style, the quality of the cork, the fit and finish, condition for a used rod and price related to all the above.
I rarely ever test cast a rod before buying it. (even though I recommend it) I take the plunge, or buy when I can return it if i make a mistake. I am seduced by classic rods and actions… But like Creek says, you never really know a rod (or a line and rod combo) until you actually fish it. I have liked a line on a rod of mine in the yard and when I took it on the water, the line felt like too much, at least for my taste.
I like light, crisp, medium to medium fast action. Usually progressive actions, but my latest has a parabolic thing going on that I haven’t figured out quite yet, other than I LIKE the rod. I enjoy trying different rods, love to cast them, and experiment with different lines like a fool.
I cast out front, I cast out back. Usually for accuracy I have targets within 20-35 feet. Neighbors water valve, about 4″ diameter, or a glass on my patio table from 30 away, I will try to hit it with the leader. It gives me enough of an idea to have reasonable expectations on the water. I can also air a rod out and cast a whole line if I want. (or try to, mainly saltwater rods)
I like rods the most when they do all that with the least effort, with the most lines I try on them.
I put a lot of emphasis on sensitivity too, the more sensitive the better. I will cast the leader into the bushes and compare what i feel, how hard or soft I hit them and what I can feel through the grip. There are definite differences from rod to rod, and lines too! There is a reason why Rio started marketing sensitivity improvements in their lines, because before that they felt dead. A Wulff Triangle Taper is about as sensitive of a line as I’ve ever tried. Silk is good too.October 15, 2016 at 8:30 am #5580
Not a good analogy.October 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm #5582
I figured i might get some flak over that, wait.. what analogy? 😉October 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm #5583
No fair editing. 😛October 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm #5584
I’ve pretty much quit lawn casting, or at least lawn casting and expecting to learn much about how a rod performs in fishing conditions. Many years ago I ordered a (very expensive) 5-piece travel rod after casting a shop demo and loving it. A few months later the rod arrived and on it’s first on-stream outing it was a real disappointment. Tried it with several different lines and leaders but it always fell short of what I wanted, mainly accuracy-wise. Lesson learned – grass isn’t moving water and casting isn’t fishing.
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