I have been reading articles and talking to many catfish people from all over and noticed over the past years that most people like short (6.5-7') stiff rods for fishing channels. I can understand wanting the short stout rods for fishing big blues and flatheads but not necesarily channels. For the past four seasons I have been experimenting with different rods and have come to the conclusion that I like a longer, softer rod for fishing channel cats. The main reason I have moved to the longer rods are because when I get a ill temperred fish in heavy current the rod does most of the work rather than the reel. What I want to know here is why do you prefer the channel rod that you use? Tell me why you prefer a shorter rod (if you do) and why. Thanks in advance.