The other day I picked up a 6' Tica graphite rod with a longer butt than most on sale at custom marine. It was 30 bucks regularly 70. It says ultra lite moderate action but I have been slinging 1/4 oz jigheads and plastic with no problem. I have fell in love with this rod. The long butt allows for a lot of leverage for LONG casts but the shorter length allows for really good accuracy when you need it. The butt is also slimmer than most and has a carbon fiber piece in it for extra sensitivity. It is also super lightweight. I can cast a soft plastic just as far as any of my 7' rods with this setup. I haven't caught any hard pulling fish with it yet so that will be the final test but this rod is Joy to use. I have it paired with a Penn Sargus 2000 with 15lb PowerPro. The moral of the story is sometimes a longer butt on the rod has just as much effect on casting distance than total length of the rod. A shorter rod allows more accurate casting. Why not have the best of both worlds? Any thoughts?