I like longer rods for two reasons. First, you can usually get more distance in your casts. Second, they have more give when you get a larger fish on and so your line isn't as stressed as with a rod with less give.
I don't like UL rods generally as they have very little backbone for hook sets. Also, they often are very short. Short and wimpy is not good for a fishing rod, in my opinion.
I used a 6' L and a 5'6" UL for years for trout and panfish. I greatly preferred the 6'L.
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