Post #2: how did it go?
Hint: gear guys both upstream of me and downstream were elbowing their partners, pointing, and speaking in low tones. Yes, it was bad at times
The 13'6" for 7wt Turbo S just didn't give me love. I got some casts out with it, but the limit of not-ugly casts seemed to be about 70 feet. I had the backing knot in my hands a couple times, but the rod was asking for either more weight or more competence from me. Probably both.
The 8/9 Deer Creek seemed like the length was acceptable to it, but simply couldn't get a good sense of flex in the forward stroke. Nice slow lifts and long long motion helped, but the rod simply wasn't giving back. Too hard to stay in touch with the line. I did get a couple of casts out with the full line out of the tip on the lift, but it was a little hellish.
The 10/11 Stinger Alta ignored me. She simply ignored me. I would have thought, as a tippy scandi rod, that I could have at least engaged the top third of the rod but I couldn't time it at all. I usually use a 45 ft/650 gr head on this rod, so the grains were only a bit light but the length was killing me. Simply could not load the rod. My bad, I'm sure.
The 7126 Death Star was a huge surprise! Cast way better than I thought it would, and a longish A>B up top with a poppy bottom hand actually produced a couple Deltas with about 65-75 foot of line out of the tip. (I have sharpie marks at 40 and 60 foot on this line for reference). I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd fish with it, but that was really fun to try.
*Right about then, the wind began to build a bit and a colored up steelhead of about 10 lb began jumping clear of the water upstream of me. I fought off the impulse to throw all the rods in the truck and get after it, and lined up the switch. By now I'm thinking, what level of hell will I visit now?*
NONE, as it turns out. The 4 wt switch was hilarious with this line. Absolutely great. It was loaded up -but not to the corks- with about 60 ft of line out of the tiptop. I just let that little rod work, and work she did. I was shooting line till there was only about 5ft of line still on the spool. Not bad, and mystifying. This is not supposed to happen. I don't know, I'm just a dummy standing in the river, maybe you can figure it out. Oh, I didn't cast it the way I would with its customary line on it (Beulah Elixir, 245 gr and short), but I was witnessing los cojones grandes
for sure. By now, the gear guys are convinced I'm nuts, standing in the water chuckling and saying "I don't believe this".
....and back to home base, the "control" rod. 12'6" 5/6 Deer Creek. Grateful to arrive, because the wind's coming up pretty good now. I'm casting clean 60-70 footers in the still pauses between the gusts, backing knot in my hand after the shoot. Smooth as butter, reasonably respectable loop and layout, fishing the soft current like a champ. I strung this rod up, put all the rods and tubes back in my truck, and actually gave it some fishing time looking for a bite but no fish today, couple trout took a swipe at it but that's all.
Next post will be conclusions and lessons learned.