I didn't see a thread comparing the two versions, so I thought I'd start one:
I'm in the process of testing the 54' and the 63' Equalizer side-by-side.
The lightest version of the 63- is the 7/8 which is 662 grains and is pushing the grain window on my Meiser (450-750gr.) by the time I add a poly leader.
I do prefer the 63'. In tight quarters, I can just bring in some of the head (not too much since you need enough mass for turnover), but enough to turn the 63' into the 54'.
I have been using both pairings with the integrated line. I have no doubt that a thinner diameter running line would allow me to cast further, but the integrated running line is very smooth and if I do want to bring the head in a bit to modify my casting (due to tight bank or smaller bucket), than it's nice to have one integrated system with no possibility of knots getting hung up in the guides.
I do have a question for Bruce or others familiar with the line...
I notice that 63' has a two tone color transition (going from yellow, to green, and finally to the orange running line), whereas the 54' just has the yellow transitioning to the orange. I am curious as to the difference?
For those using the line, where is your holding point. I tend to hold somewhere in the "green" transition on the 63'.
A few additional thoughts:
1. Without any cutback on the tip, the line will throw the heaviest polys.
2. I presume, with a bit cut back, one could have an all around line, similar to the original Delta, capable of throwing weighted sink tips in excess of 110 grains. (I threw the heaviest versileader which is in excess of 100 grains and it casted very well. I even used a weighted tube just for practice and line testing. It performed very well and when moving to a lighter fly and poly leader, it REALLY flew.
3. I like my Deltas, but the Gaelforce seems to aid in better turnover and more powerful casts with better delivery.
4. The Gaeforce throws Lazer-tight loops which requires me to be extra careful to not get my leader hung up in line during the cast.
5. The far bank doesn't seem all that far anymore.
Poppy's line demo program is excellent. I can't recommend the Red Shed Fly Shop enough. He and Dale are as nice as they come and they're even wise enough to send a handy tool to wind the line back-up.