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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-10-2014, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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looking at building a Meiser rod (or 2)

I'm toying around a few ideas for my next build, and I think I've narrowed it down to a Meiser of some sort or other. From reputation it would seem that all of his rods have strong following, and clearly not a bad stick on the lot. Being a bit green still I have a hard time deciphering what a given rod might feel like in hand. For this next build I'm looking to build something less than 12' in probably a 7 or 8wt. I'm particularly interested in a rod that will work well in some smaller stream settings, and would be light in hand while casting and fishing. This would be most likely strictly used with a skagit head and sink tips.

I'm also looking to build something in the 13'-14' 8wt range for winter steelhead. Mostly for use with a short belly spey line (with tips) on the Eel river.

Would anyone care to take a stab at breaking down the particular advantages of the Highlander "Classic" vs "S" vs MKS series rods? I'm planing on a telephone chat with Bob at some point as well pretty soon, but thought I'd get a few opinions from various users out there.
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Just thoughts.

First the obvious, give Bob or Steve Gotshall a call on what for what. The main difference (as I understand it) is the major difference in a C vs S is the progressive/regressive action of the blank.

As for the first look at his switch rod blanks in the line weight you're most interested in. As 'all' to my knowledge list three line weights (just a question of how many grains in line you want to use) pick the middle number for a starting point.

The first call of yours will be a 'switch rod' blank, the second a full length spey rod.


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Thanks Fred.
I am probably looking into the switch rod lineup for the first rod, but I am still tinkering with the idea of his 11'7" 5/6/7 highlander "classic" as well. I guess I'm still so green that when I read terms like "fast recovery" or "progressive flex" it's hard for me to get a good sense of what that might translate to in my hands. I know the terms by definition, but for me those terms have never really made the connection between my brain and my hand if that makes sense. At any rate, perhaps I should just call the shop sooner than later and I'm sure Bob can help sort me out.
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JB, Give Bob a call. He has a whole new line of 117 rods from 3wt to 9wt. Introduced at the Sandy Clave.

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Hi JB,

My advice to you is to first talk to Bob Meiser and then try before you buy. If there is a group of two handers living near you, see if they have some Meiser rods to try. Another thought, Bob has loaner rods that you would be able to try casting. This is probably the best route. As a past Bob Meiser customer, I will tell you that Bob will give you the most thought out process to help you select the rod that you want.

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I just sent in an order for another Meiser today !!
This time an 11'7" .... just waiting to hear back from Bob for any input .
Bob's input is crucial to any of his builds . He ensures you will be pleased . I know this from experience , I've been over the moon 6 times already and going for 7
Plus each time you pick it up and go fishing with it , you'll be smiling


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I see you live in Northern California. Better than calling. Take a ride up there and visit Bob and Steve. It's worth the trip. You drive past a lot of great trout fishing on the way up and back. Good excuse for a road trip.

The difference between the highlander C, S, and MKS is best felt by casting them side by side. I prefer the C, my buddy prefers the S and if you want to throw lots of T material and a dead chicken the MKS is the best rod for the job.

If you do go up to Medford call Gary Anderson too and see if you can cast a couple of his rods. They're very nice also.

The best way to find the right rod for yourself is to cast them yourself.
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Just an update:

Lots of good ideas and suggestions here. I particularly like the road trip idea! Alas, a road trip AND a new rod blank to build on were not quite in the budget right now. Also got some very helpful info in PM, and a few kind offers to try personal rods out. Really appreciate that, really!

Did get around to chatting with Bob on the phone this morning, and he was indeed quite generous with his time and he helped to congeal a few ideas that were forming in my mind. He also gave me a few new ones too. Found out he has a new line of 11'1" rods Looks to be just the ticket for what I'm looking at, so I ordered a 7/8, and am eager to start wrapping it up.

Part of the impetus was to have a second switch rod to bring to Alaska in August that would allow my Dad and I to both fish two handed rods. I got him interested a bit back in March, with a good bit of help from Nate Bailey on the Rogue. While in some of the more popular spots we'll likely stick with single hand rods due to limited space, we should have quite a few opportunities to do some swinging with the switch rods too. Can hardly wait!
Thanks again folks, JB
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