Just curious what did TUCR say about if the rod would perform differently at different lengths. I have a 32″ precision and when in ND fishing out of two person flip overs that are like the XT series from clam it was never an issue.
I agree the longer rods are nicer than shorter rods if you have the room. Might want to just go buy a cheapo 36 incher and try it out for rest of season just to get a sense of the length and then you can order from there.
For sure outside fishing you will enjoy the longer… extra length. If you can get away with it inside your house and shack then that’s the way to go.
You will get a slight advantage with a longer rod, especially if you are fishing very deep or the fish a very large. But in general, matching the length to how you fish is more important than getting the longest option.
When we cut a rod to length, we cut from the butt section up, so the tip and transition to the backbone is not affected.
I personally find 32″ to be the sweet spot for most of our rods. The only exepction is the very stiff rods like the Vulcan. Then I prefer longer.