- [Tom] So the advantage of these longer rods is a situation like this, where you're trying to get across that faster current? - [George] Absolutely. A friend of mine did a math study.
I'm not sure if it's exactly accurate but he did trigonometry, looking at angles and basically what he was saying is when you're trying to hold monofilament or, like, a level line off the water, every foot you have extra in your rod allows you to basically hold it an additional three feet away from you. So there's a huge difference between, like, an 8-foot and a 10-foot rod.
It's basically six feet further back you can actually present the flies from. And raging water like this, any line leader on the water between you and that softer current is immediately going to create the drag, so we're going to do everything we can to keep line leader off the water. And I can reach and I can hold that line right in that soft little pocket.