As an ex South African I did a lot of fishing from the beaches using long rods 14' to 22' the reason for the length, get beyond the breakers. The real seats on these rods were 10" to 24" from the butt, with the fulcrum point being so low on got a lot of leverage resulting in long casts. Secondly with using a bucket one can reach the reel comfortably when fighting a fish.
I have looked for a long rod with a short butt in vain, I do not see any advantage of having the reel so far up the rod, am I missing something? What would the advantage of a long butt rod be surely by having a reel say 4'from the butt of a 12' rod one is reducing your rod to a 10' rod effectively loosing speed of the tip.
I am looking forward to any comments.
Rev. Alan Perry