Why do some rods have a longer tip and a shorter butt ?
Most rods which come in two equal sections have the position of the joint decided without any reference to the rod’s action. Modern beachcasters have an action which can be thought of as three separate zones. The tip, zone 1, is mainly concerned with bite detection, and has little role to play in casting apart from smoothing the turn-over of the lead. This is usually the top 18 inches of the rod. The middle, or zone 2, is where the power of a cast is stored and then released. This extends from the end of zone 1 to about 6-18 inches above the upper hand grip. The butt, or zone 3, is usually a very stiff. The aim of the butt is to transfer the power generated by your arms and body into stored energy in zone 2 during the cast. A rod joined in two equal sections would have the spigot somewhere in the middle of zone 2. This is not ideal since any joint disturbs the natural action of the blank. A long tip, short butt rod is designed with the joint at the junction of zones 2 and 3. Since the