First and formost welcome to the Maggotdrowning forum,All are welcome here.
Now this long rod question,give us a few more details,ie.Venues and species that you want to target and i'm sure we can come up with some answers.
It entirely depends on the type of fishing you are doing, whether a long rod is useful or not.
Developed from the Bolognese style of the Continent.
On certain stillwater swims, a long rod can be used as an alternative to a whip, giving exactly the same presentation, (can use a pole float if you wish) but better fish handling and landing capability for latger fish.
On rivers, it can be ideal for stick/Avon type fishing allowing far better control and swimcoverage and fed well, can bring the fish in.
For deeper swims, the extra length can preclude the need for a sliding float.
BUT like everything else, it's horses for courses and I use a 13 and14 ft float rod as well.
One thing it definitely aint used for is feeder or ledgering work!
Peter,here is a little more info,i inteed to use the rod to try and catch on the River Thames as it has a good head of Chub,Bream and Babel.
Trotting is what i was thinking about doing but if you have any outher
tips they would be very helfull.
All the best,and thighlines Ian.