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Just got me thinking....what is the proper butt length? I heard you mention sleeve length etc. I know what I am comfortable with but am wondering what would be the statistical proper butt length for my rods? How would I know? What do I mesure and how is that used to determine the proper length?

 

Always wondered...but then again, I'm always wondering about something! biggrin.gif

 

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Tim,

 

The butt length on any casting rod is critical for optimum casting performance. However, it is just one of several factors that need to be considered when building the rod.

 

A custom surf rod, whether conventional or spinning, will have the tipward leading edge of the reelseat anywhere from 27-31 inches from the end of the butt.

 

Most of the surf regulars I build for have a cork tape grip and initally clamp or tape their reel to the rod. When they finally find the most comfortable position for the reel after a month or so of fishing, I then

wrap on a Fuji plate-type reel seat.

 

Al

 

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Al,

i read in a book some years ago to achive the correct "reel seat area"that you shoul'd tuck the butt end in your armpit/extend your arm fully up the blank,and where your thumb ends will determine the correct seat area.seems a little crude,but is there any truth in that method?been doing that for years,seems to work ok..just wanted to get a pro's input on that method.thanks.

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Rick,

 

While it's a "crude" method, if it works for you, then go for it. The position of the seat also has to do with the fisherman's casting style.

 

The kind of casting I do is plugging from a boat with a 8 foot rod. A 17 inch butt is the proper length for me. If I were casting from the beach with a 9-10 foot rod the butt length would be 22 inches. I am 5 1/2 feet tall with a 34 inch sleeve.

 

Al

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Hey Al, my preferred butt length is between 20-21 inches myself. Lots of surf junkies say it's too short in the butt...but I think it's the perfect distance, not too long so as to be a hassle, but still long enough to give me the leverage to make casting more effortless.

 

Great minds think alike biggrin.gif

 

TimS

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