Thats a good question. I cast both of these rod type frequently.
I have owned 3 walkers:
15’6” 9/10 (10/11)
And 3 Powerlites:
Powerlites, to me, seem stiffer than the Walkers in general. Except the Powerlite 16’ 7/8 which has a real flexy feel. Generally, I think the Powerlites flex primarily in the lower 1/2 of the rod.
Walkers all seem to flex primarily in the upper 1/3 of the rod with what I would call a middle to tip action.The Walker 16’6” 9/10 feels like nothing else. It is truly unique. It feels soft and bendy, but generates very high line speeds.
I have made a lot of video of casting these rods and play it back in slow motion to see what the rods do and how they flex during the cast. But there are some Powerlites that feel soft, and Walkers that feel stiff.
In my opinion, the Walker 16’6” is the quintessential Walker, and the 16’ 8/9 is the ideal Powerlite.
I hope that is helpful. It is a tough question to give straight answer on, and I am not sure if my answer is even that accurate, but it is what I have observed based on the above rods.
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Last edited by Longbelly Magic; 07-16-2019 at 04:10 PM.