Here's a Question from Volume 5 - Issue #4 issue of RodMaker magazine:
In general I find that normal fly rod grips are too short and too
small for my large hands. Now that I turn my own grips, I tend
towards fly grips that are longer (i.e. 8") and larger around
(approximately 1.00" to 1.10") And, I've found that the most
confortable fly rod grips shape for me is an untapered cigar
Several people have suggested that on larger fly rods a full
wells is beneficial and almost necessary to help turn over
larger flies. They say that because of the thick front portion
of the grip, the angler can push with his/her thumb more
aggressivley (which, is apparently necessary on larger/heavier fly
Here is my question: For a 9 wt. fly rod, should I use the full
wells instread of the previously described cigar grip? Is the
full wells absolutely necessary, or is the most comfortable
grip the best grip, regardless of the situation?
~ Andrew. . .Siloam Spring, AR
A full wells grip is a good choice for larger fly rods. But to say
that it is absolutely necessary to turn over larger flies might
be a bit of an overstatement. I have seen anglers make excellent
casts with large flies on heavy line weight fly rods with nearly
every conceivable type grip you can think of. I believe that
what works best for one may not work best for another.
If you have a particular shape that you prefer I would suggest
you use it. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with trying a few
styles to ensure that you really are using the best possible shape
for your type fishing and casting. You may find something that
you like even better or you may find that you have been using
the best type for your particular use all along.
~ Tom Kirkman
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