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Butt length

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There is a 2 inch difference in grip length between a casting and spinning rod on most builds because of the way the to reels are held. The casting rod is either palmed,  or your hand is right behind the reel, on the spinning rod the reel stem straddles your hand, between your fingers, if you look at the rods while fishing, you'll see the rear grip length behind your hand will be similar because of it.

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The longer length creates more leverage during the punch and pull part of the cast.  The heavier the payload the more it seems to help. That’s my opinion for what it’s worth.

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It’s because of how the rods are held basically. Spinning, top hand is above the reel, conventional it’s obviously below the reel. Hand placement ends up being about the same for both just the reel varies in its location. 
 

 

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On rods where I have to really fight the fish hard, I like a shorter rear grip and a longer foregrip, I think having the reel closer to my body mass allows me to put more power into my cranking. I find I can pick up more weight close to my body mass than I can at arm's length, the longer foregrip still gives me the leverage I want, with the power to fight a fish harder, or longer. One reason all my rods are spiral wrapped, I expend all my energy fighting the fish only, not fighting the rod to keep it upright also. If you have to bring in a fish by yourself, it's so much easier with a spiral wrapped rod when you have only one hand for the rod.

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I like the length to be from the middle of the reel seat to my elbow.  when fighting a fish I use my forearm for leverage. 

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