The ability for an angler to detect the subtle take of a steelhead as your bait drifts along the bottom is enhanced greatly with this rod because you can minimize line drag created by the current; especially those drifts across the river with slow water in between you and the holding water. The more vertical of an angle you can maintain with your line, the better feel you’ll experience. Other benefits of a longer rod are extended drifts, longer casts and better fish control when the fish is hooked a long ways out. The extra length also allows you to use longer leaders when the water is low and clear.
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