I painted tick marks every one inch on the rod. If my memory serves, and it often doesn't, there are 37 marks. I seem to remember that number not because I remember deciding 37 notches was a good number, but because I once caught a gar that was slightly longer than my last mark, so we figured about 38".
I guess the point of this post is two fold. To give you a tip on how to always have a ruler handy and for me to reminisce about all the fish this rod and I have seen. And I'd have truly failed at my job if I failed to mention the time this rod and I snagged something interesting off the bottom of the Illinois River backwater we fished. A few weeks after snapping the first rod and while fishing in about the same place, I reeled in half of an ultra-light rod.