A grip must be comfortable, otherwise you will get tired at the end of the fishing day. You will also get the wrong impression about the action.
7 ft, 13 cm
7 ½ ft, 14 (15) cm
8 ft, 15-16 cm
8 ½ fot, 17 (18) cm
The thickness in the center should be close to 25mm (1")
The picture shows three rods:
The short “cigar” (11,5 cm) is a 6 ½ - footer for a # 3 line. A typical “Midge grip “, where your hand will cover down on the reel seat. Not good, but better than lengthening the handle out of proportions.
The “Payne grip “is an 8-footer for # 5-6. This type is associated with fine classic rods like Payne’s, Gillums and the most popular today. If the depression behind the center is more pronounced it´s a “Western grip “. Both are comfortable in the hand and the first choice for many.
The “Wells grip “is not seen very often these days. It´s a pity for it is excellent where thumb thrust (for long casts) is needed.
It was the standard grip on most European rods in the past and should be considered for rods of 8 ft and up. Fishing a big river always calls for thumb thrust.