“The stiffest rods will create the longest casts ! This is a common assumption made by fly casters, but is it really accurate ?
What follows are the results of a test that examined this hypothesis by combining length measurements of distance casts with measurements of rod stiffness using the Common Cents System (CCS). The test utilized eight casters, all of whom cast eight rods. Each caster made four casts with each rod. The article originally appeared in the Norwegian magazine “Alt om Fiske” in October 2006.”
some of the rods tested are pretty much obsolete by now but that’s besides the point.
what i find interesting here is that it boils down to taking the decision of putting your chances towards being consistent and collecting points that way or going for the exceptional cast and winning on that one cast.
i can’t put any numbers to back this up but i’m pretty darn sure Sage sold a lot more TCR’s than Orvis sold the T3 tip action series which makes this maybe something closer to a sociological study rather than a rod test after-all…