CND Gravity Point Spey
with a prime fall buck
Gravity Point Spey Line is the
latest development from Master Spey angler and
rod designer Nobuo
Nodera. Reputed to be one of the most
highly engineered lines ever developed, the Gravity
Point Spey (GPS) is a multi tip that
features a unique distribution of grain weight
to create efficient rod loading across a range
of belly lengths. While designed as a fishing
line, the GPS also excels as a distance
casting line in the higher line weights for
those anglers who really want to wind it up
and fire it out there.
autumn Nobuo sent me the GPS lines to field
test and review. Later, he joined me for a
week of fall steelhead fishing where we put
the GPS through its paces. I fished the GPS
both as a full floating line and with a type
III sinktip; Nobuo favored a 20ft intermediate
varied the GPS tip lengths to maximize
energy transfer along the taper. This is
unique among multi tip lines which usually
feature tip sections of a uniform length (15ft
is standard for most). GPS tips are 20ft
floating and intermediate, and 15ft type 3, 4
and 6. The advantages of this design became
immediately apparent with an afternoon wind
blowing. Turnover at all distances was
excellent. While no long belly line is perfect
in a screaming headwind, I found the GPS in
its full floating version to be one of the
better long belly lines in a breeze, striking
a good balance between presentation and the
ability to turn big stuff over.
densities are featured depending on line
weight. For 5/6 through 8/9 lines a low
density, high floating material is used to
enhance line control and presentation. In the
9/10, 10/11 and 11/12 lines a high density material
is used to maximize distance potential.
I met with Nobuo once again, this time at the Kaufmann's
Spey Days, and he shared his thoughts
about the design of the CND Gravity Point
Sturn: Why did you develop the Gravity
Point Spey Lines?
Nodera: I wasn't 100% satisfied with
currently available production Spey lines. For
me, some lines were excellent in some sizes,
but didn't perform to my expectations in
others. So I wanted to try to develop a line
that changed belly length as well as grain
weight over various line sizes as well as
matched the performance I had come to expect
from custom designed Spey lines. I also
thought it was important to match the belly
length to the rod length. Many lighter line
rods are also shorter rods, so I decided to
make the lighter line sizes in shorter belly
design, and gradually extend the belly length
as the line weight and rod length increased.
I tried to make the smallest range of lines to
cover the greatest range of performance.
That's the whole idea behind the GPS lines.
You don't need a 70ft belly on a Spey line
for a 12ft rod, and a 60ft belly on an 11/12
Spey line for a 17ft rod is too short. With
CND lines, I have tried to create a line that
matches belly length and grain weight to rod
length and maximize the efficiency and
performance of the D Loop because I believe
that the D Loop is the most important feature
of a Spey cast.
It was also very important to me to make a
line series that I would enjoy fishing. The
primary purpose of the CND Gravity Point Spey
Lines is to make a series of lines that are
efficient and pleasurable to fish. I enjoy
fishing these lines and I hope that others
will enjoy them too.
Your new lines are already looped for sink
tips, including your Intermediate and Type 3
full sinking belly lines. This is unique. Why
did you do this?
For the way that I like to fish, the
best all around lines are interchangeable tip
lines. This allows me to fish in any
conditions. For example, one of my favorite combinations
is to fish an intermediate belly line with a
type 3 tip.
Or I can use a Type 3 belly and type 6
tip if I want a longer deep drift. These kinds
of depth control are require for actual
fishing conditions and so I developed a series
of lines that would allow me to fish in any
conditions that I encountered.
What tip lengths did you create?
The currently available interchangeable tip
lengths were all 15ft; however, I found that
in some situations a longer tip was better.
This is especially true with the floating and
intermediate tip section. With a floating or
intermediate tip you need better casting
qualities than shorter tip lengths. So I
designed the Gravity Spey with a 20ft floating
tip and a 20 ft intermediate tip. The type 3
and type 6 tips are both 15ft long. These
combinations give the CND lines optimum
casting qualities no matter what kind of tip
But with a longer floating tip aren't you
worried about too much line sticking on the
No. Many casters today believe that it is
desirable to have just the leader and perhaps
a few feet of line touch the water to form the
anchor. However, in truth you can have many
different lengths of line touch down. For
example, the Scandinavian casters have only
the leader form the anchor because they are
using very short shooting head lines and very
long leaders. However, the traditional Scottish
Style casters such as Scott Mackenzie or Ian Gordon
will anchor much more line--as much as 30
feet of line--on the water when casting with
a long belly line. So when designing a Spey
line for actual fishing conditions, one must
engineer the line so that the line will anchor
with an amount of line that makes it easy to
lift from the water even with a heavy stick.
The CND Gravity Point Spey Line is designed so
that an angler can anchor 20ft of line. This
is a good length because it will absorb the
anchor lengths of casters of various skill
levels. For example, some casters will anchor
10ft of line while others will anchor 30ft of
line. A 20ft tip section allows for this
How many steps are there in the Gravity Point
There are 5 steps plus the 20ft taper in the
floating and intermediate GPS lines, plus 6
steps in the belly section.
Wow. That's one highly engineered line.
Yes, It took a lot of work and the excellent
cooperation of RIO to help me make such a
complex line. But I hope that anglers will
find that our efforts paid off.
Based on my experience I'd say that they
Thank you Dana-san. One other thing I'd like
to mention to help people make the most of
these lines is that I have developed a 2 step
back taper in all the CND Spey lines. This
allows anglers of varying skill levels to make
the most of this line. A beginning caster can
strip the line in until they are holding the
color change while an experienced caster can
place the color change at the rod tip. Both of
these approaches will allow for efficient and
effortless casting. The diagram on the back of
the CND GPS line box illustrates these ideas.
Nobuo-san, I noticed that in situations where
I needed to shorten the belly length (for
example close casting quarters where I needed
a smaller D Loop) I was still able to cast the
GPS very well.
This is because of the compound back taper.
Even if you need to shorten up to make a cast,
there is still enough grain weight to load to
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