I built many spinning rods up to 9 foot. None of these rods did the rod butt extend beyond my elbow. I have 2 St Croix 8 1/2 foot trolling rods. These handles are just too long and keep thinking of cutting 4 to 6 inches off. But I want the total length to help with dipsey rods spread.... grrrrr.... Far as balance on the OP. If the rod becomes tip heavy glue some lead into the butt till you get the balance you want.