Join Date: Mar 2000
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Comp rods are not simply bulked up fishing rods. A few of our renowned boutique rod builders have tried their hand at building comp rods and the results were ... let's say underwhelming. Comp rods are big powerful rods - indeed, but designed for a purpose. I am certainly no rod designer, but a couple of the characteristics that stand out for me are the tip and butt section designs. In general the tips are fairly stiff and/or heavy to keep the rod from collapsing under the heavy loads of comp lines. Conversely, the butt sections are designed to take a deep bend. This bottom end flex point brings the full power of the meat of the rod into play. As well, this low flex point "shortens the lever" which helps create the tremendous rod/line speed when the high tech graphite straightens out. Others more fluent in rod design might have more to add than this.
Like with automobiles the cutting edge designs of comp rods are finding their way to fishing rods. Stiff heavy butt sections and weak tips are giving way to the heavier tip - flexing butt actions. We used to call these "British style" rods.
Can these rods be fished? Definitely. Do I? Yes. The CND 16' Ultimate that I fished for years was in fact a competition rod. For sure some of the heavier traditional comp rods would not be the easiest to fish for 4 or 5 days in a row! But the latest rods with high end graphites and resins are shockingly light (pick up one of my Bias Versa GT Comps) and would not be a tremendous burden to wave around. Now granted I will probably never fish it - hate to break it before a comp - plus I have a lot of rods that are awesome fishing rods!
Tight lines - tyler.
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