FrankW wrote:Hi BlaineFred,
It is great that you are doing some testing but I doubt you will achieve any conclusive results useful for others. Your test is too limited and every rod, reel, line and bait should be tested on the exact same medium. We will just end up with what rods you judge to be more sensitive. Again it would be based on your opinion. Casting into a reservoir means that every cast will probably be feeling something different. To do this right you would need a test bed so you know that every time a lure is dragged over the medium it would feel the exact same thing. With such a test bed you will need many different people repeating the test and it should be so the tester doesn't know what rod they are testing.
I am not saying what you are doing is not useful to you but it is not a comprehensive test that will answer what rod is the most sensitive for others. I look forward to your opinion of the rods you are using.
Frank...Regarding the test bed that you refer to, I should have made it clear that I do not fish the entire reservoir, but ONLY a short 30-40 yard stretch. Thus, in effect, I am using a test bed of sorts. I am trying to test the rods where everything is exactly the same except the rod itself. Thus I am eliminating many variables.
It helps that the short stretch of reservoir is shady, so I am not in the hot sun.