A really interesting post ,especially as I am heading over to New Zealand in a few weeks time ......
I would also be interested to know what weight line and type of set up you using
Thank you for the post and those who contributed
Would you mind sharing what line weights and types of lines you use?
The two rods I use are built on CTS Affinity One blanks, very similar in action to the Meiser 10' Trouters. The 9'6" rod will cast skagit 160-220gr and the 10'6" will do skagit 220-270 gr and T8 10' and it did manage T11 10' by mistake when I mixed up tips
quite a gusty blank, no big distances cast though...20 metres ...with a cone head tube. The smaller rod will cast a lighter custom headed cone tube with pine squirrel body or bead headed zonkers size 8-10 using 6 ips poly 10'.
Both rods have cast opst, airflo scout, SA speylite all good products but....
the two lines I use most are cut skagit lines with higher original grain weights.
This gives me more grains per inch in the rear half of the line to move mass at the other end in restricted casting situations (loads the rod quicker) and the lines are quite short to suit the smaller and shorter swings. The lighter head is 11' 160gr and the other is 12' 270gr.
Its taken a few seasons to refine my setups specifically for the waters I fish here in the spring and with good results
... as we move into November its all about sight fishing, single handers, nymphs and dries.
But any time there's a fresh and the river dirties out come the skagits.