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Bruce and Walker 15' 7/9 powerlite

I've written three times now a bunch of glowing praise on what a great company Bruce and Walker is to work and deal with....often copied but never duplicated!!!
and I started to again to explain what an unbelievable rod the 15' 7/9 powerlite is....

I started and stopped, revised and edited..and finally said to hell with it...you won't believe me till you try one!!! the 70' 8/9 nextcast is amazing...spending time with the top canuck caster (under 50 so I don't dis T.) threw it to the backing knot with ease on this rod (170+ feet) and I was tossing some of my best casts ever too...(a big shout out and thank for the help Tim A.) I haven't tried many other lines as I found what i thought were 8/9's turned out the 7/8's and damn if they didn't cast a long way too...but I really want to get the proper weight 55's on there....

The rod is very light in hand and balances perfectly....feels noticeably lighter then my walker and the feel when casting IMHO screams "hit me" but smooth moves work really really well to...and my god, I just don't know how you describe the feel when this rod unloads and you watch that line just keep going? it's a powerful beast..

Now all the B&W's I've cast or owned are great casters...even the little ones, which can tend to be counter productive when you have bought a rod to fish in close with but it casts so far you can't help yourself....

I bought the 15' to cast far with and it does that in spades...but to me the more important thing is I can do it all day or at least for hours at a time and not start to feel it...like I have at times with the big walker...I have had the powerlite out now and like any new toy run different lines and just stand out there and practice with it....and I have yet to feel it in my shoulder or back even after a couple hours of constant casting..

The other thing I do besides just standing there there stripping line and seeing how far it will go, is to actually see what it feels like when "fishing" a 70' line and that for me starts with a couple feet of line and leader outside the tip and swinging it...rod again is very light in hand and lifts very well so working the line out and fishing it was easy..

Now I bet some of you are going to say...Yeah those B&W's are great big rods and you guys are all the same...and yeah, standing at a clave and tossing long lines way out there thinking some spey chick like Addy is going to notice and say "Ohhh j.c. your so cool" and demand some luvin!!! might happen to some guys but It doesn't to me and i'm not rod envious anymore...

So back to reality...I was more excited about the 12'4 powerlite that I recently tried and ordered then I was for this 15'....My thinking that while I have a need for this rod, there were only a couple or three rivers I might actually fish it on....Well with how this rod handles and feels I can see it being used a lot more then I originally thought....it reminds me 15' rods aren't all that much really and this rod is powerful enough that it will throw T-11 on the 70 winter authority without complaint or problem...though I doubt I would use that way!

My only complaint with the B&W's are I don't have more time to fish them...Each of the rods i've gotten have been amazing and which ever one I have in my hand is my favorite...

Got all black gloss this time..black beauty...beautiful!!!
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Congrats on the new stick. I am going to try a Gailforce 63 Equalizer and the Ballistic 9/10 XL on mine When I see Poppy at the clave.
I tried the 14' walker and found it to have a heavier feel than the Powerlite.
Do you prefer the FF 7/8 over the 8/9?
I tried both on the trial rods Gene sent but did not get to spend a lot of time with them.
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If you can find one the CND GPS 8/9 is very nice on that rod for tips. As well a Carron Jetstream 65' 8/9 (2nd gen) for dryline work...
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So how soon till we see it in the classifieds?
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Knew that rod would impress ya!
I love mine.
Like Preston said, try the 8/9 Carron on there. Saweet!

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8/9 by quite a bit...

I think I have that CND...gotta look!!!

you can take it for a spin on the T. Dave ...it's a fun rod!!!
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I have a 15' powerlite being built at the moment. Can't wait to use this rod on the T. Carron 8/9. ??
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Hello!
I have opportunity to get few times used Powerlite 14' #7-10.
I was wondering, what could be value/good price for this one, also every information about which lines ,weigths this rod like to eat

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Great write-up. This, by the way, is what makes Speypages so fantastic. If you search on google for a rod review of this model, speypages has the first 7+ links or references on google. We know our stuff, boys!! This rod has great reviews. I would absolutely love to try one. It seems like a great all around rod for big waters: the ability to cast long lines, fish all day without fatigue and even fish a sink-tip in the winter if you have to get dirty. It sounds like smaller fish, when hooked incidentally while fishing for their big brothers, can still be felt on the rod and fun to catch. So how do I get my hands on one to try in the great state of Oregon?
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Yeah! I checked from Google and this thread was first which i saw so i just writed to post to this thread.

I have owned much older Bruce&Walker rods but never have even tested this one.
My older B&W's was The Bruce 13ft #7-10 and some other models aswell.

I appreciate your answers
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Hi Teemu,

Check if the 14 footer you are looking at is the Powerlite or the Powerlite Speycaster.

The first Powerlites were totally different in that they were spigot ferrulled rather than the over-fit ferrules of the later Powerlite (& Norway) Speycaster series & were slightly larger diameter blanks with a less rapid recovery.

They are good rods in their own right, but not as good as the later Powerlite Speycaster series.

The 15 #7/9 Powerlite Speycaster is a really good rod, but is more at the 9 end of the range than the 7 end however.

Regards, Tyke.

PS, the 13 ft Norway Speycaster #7/9 is an excellent rod, probably the real peach in the Norway range, & there are more of these available on the second hand market, so if you don't need the longer rod then this one is also well worth considering. T.
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Hello Tyke!
Thanks for your message and information.

This one which i will get soon is with spigots, I have readed that it's very powerful rod but that #7-10 is interesting, i guess rod has very big grain window or am i wrong?
I was thinking about testing it with Beulah Aerohead 640gr line.

I had years ago B&W The Bruce rods 13ft #7-10 which was awesome with 550gr -600gr skandi lines , rod was freaking heavy but action was just amazing.
Also i had 14footer The Bruce model which eated same lines very nicely.

I am just guessing that ,this Powerlite will be much more lighter than thay early graphite The Bruce model (HOPE SO!)

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I've written three times now a bunch of glowing praise on what a great company Bruce and Walker is to work and deal with....often copied but never duplicated!!!
and I started to again to explain what an unbelievable rod the 15' 7/9 powerlite is....

I started and stopped, revised and edited..and finally said to hell with it...you won't believe me till you try one!!! the 70' 8/9 nextcast is amazing...spending time with the top canuck caster (under 50 so I don't dis T.) threw it to the backing knot with ease on this rod (170+ feet) and I was tossing some of my best casts ever too...(a big shout out and thank for the help Tim A.) I haven't tried many other lines as I found what i thought were 8/9's turned out the 7/8's and damn if they didn't cast a long way too...but I really want to get the proper weight 55's on there....

The rod is very light in hand and balances perfectly....feels noticeably lighter then my walker and the feel when casting IMHO screams "hit me" but smooth moves work really really well to...and my god, I just don't know how you describe the feel when this rod unloads and you watch that line just keep going? it's a powerful beast..

Now all the B&W's I've cast or owned are great casters...even the little ones, which can tend to be counter productive when you have bought a rod to fish in close with but it casts so far you can't help yourself....

I bought the 15' to cast far with and it does that in spades...but to me the more important thing is I can do it all day or at least for hours at a time and not start to feel it...like I have at times with the big walker...I have had the powerlite out now and like any new toy run different lines and just stand out there and practice with it....and I have yet to feel it in my shoulder or back even after a couple hours of constant casting..

The other thing I do besides just standing there there stripping line and seeing how far it will go, is to actually see what it feels like when "fishing" a 70' line and that for me starts with a couple feet of line and leader outside the tip and swinging it...rod again is very light in hand and lifts very well so working the line out and fishing it was easy..

Now I bet some of you are going to say...Yeah those B&W's are great big rods and you guys are all the same...and yeah, standing at a clave and tossing long lines way out there thinking some spey chick like Addy is going to notice and say "Ohhh j.c. your so cool" and demand some luvin!!! might happen to some guys but It doesn't to me and i'm not rod envious anymore...

So back to reality...I was more excited about the 12'4 powerlite that I recently tried and ordered then I was for this 15'....My thinking that while I have a need for this rod, there were only a couple or three rivers I might actually fish it on....Well with how this rod handles and feels I can see it being used a lot more then I originally thought....it reminds me 15' rods aren't all that much really and this rod is powerful enough that it will throw T-11 on the 70 winter authority without complaint or problem...though I doubt I would use that way!

My only complaint with the B&W's are I don't have more time to fish them...Each of the rods i've gotten have been amazing and which ever one I have in my hand is my favorite...

Got all black gloss this time..black beauty...beautiful!!!
Golfy,
I too have the 3pc 15' 7/9. Been tossing the 8/9 NC FF 70 on it for a couple years now. Then last fall just for the heck of it, I strung it up with the FF 70 9/10 that I use on my 16' 9/10 Norway.
Man oh man was I surprised at how the rod just woke up and tossed the 9/10. Was throwing extreme distances for me, and way less effort. Loaded the rod a lot more, but not excessive. Broke the Norway on the CW last fall, and had no issues switching to the powerlite with the 9/10 for the rest of the trip. Didn't feel I gave up anything, but actually gained new respect for the rod. Try the 9/10 just for the heck of it. You may be surprised.
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Been using a SteelheadFinderF1 660gr on my 15 7-9 for winter tip work. Very powerful rod that will throw a wide range of lines long distances as long as its not muscled. The rod actually forces me to slow way down, then it does all the work.
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B&w...

XG,

Next time you talk to Gene, ask him about the 17' 6/7wt Walker 'Light line series' rod we cooked up with Brian P. last summer. I think there are pix of it on Gene's site. That rod was built on a blank that weighed 6oz. and weighs 12oz. finished...I can cast it all day with little fatigue.
These rods are indeed in a class by themselves.

Tight lines,
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