Originally Posted by spey machine
...............no offense to Bob, but just because someone is an engineer doesn't mean their interpretation of an issue is correct.
Actually, my engineer/project manager son started this discussion/argument, weeks ago. He is an industrial engineer with the business background necessary to take on and complete large heavy construction projects. He is an excellent fisher and prefers one handed rods with the exception of shad fishing and steelhead, where he uses his classic Sage 9140-3. He is in the camp that any rod over 9' in a boat is not good.
Bob is a Mechanical Engineer and an excellent fisher.
Fly rods have been classified as a Class I lever. That was with the one handed rods. When we get into the two handed rods both long and short, a lot of factors get thrown into the mix. Kush, JoeG, MJYP, Sean and Max have brought up some interesting factors/comments/questions in the thread below.
My last physics class was in 1956/57 as a
freshman in college. However, a fighting grip on a rod or a two handed grip on a switch rod makes these rods different levers than the Class I lever, the one handed fly rods obviously fall in.
One of the reasons I queried Bob, was how
to even phrase a correct question for a thread to discuss this question/issue.
Due to multiple shoulder, bicep head and rotator cuff injuries
, I can't one hand cast a one handed rod over a light 4 weight. Even that rod hurts my shoulder and torn bicep. Shooting and double hauling with a heavy single handed rod is not a possibility. I will be Tarpoon fishing this September, and I need a rod with two grips to be able to cast the fly where the Tarpoon are. So I'm trying to search out what is right and what is urban legend re rods in boats fishing for big and strong fish.