Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
I have a Burkie 6139 and a Meiser highlander 14246 so I have tried them side by side. The 6139 is more progressive than the highlander. With Burkies the development process can sometimes be very individualized for the different rods, but maybe someone on here who knows both can say how the 6139 compares with the 7139. From stories I have heard, mostly on here, it seems Burkheimer has a history of designing some nice soulful versions of rods (maybe more like the highlanders) that a few people really love, but then making them more progressive after feedback from their customers. So if you want to find a very similar action maybe look for a slightly more progressive rod than a highlander. But you still might like the Meiser 15’ highlander. There aren’t a ton of other with those specs out there.
A 15’ 7wt is a bit on the envelope edge of rods that are available, like a 14’ 6 wt. I was on a quest a while back to find the perfect one of the latter for me, and it was a difficult search through sparse offerings. But the godfather of the fringe weight-length spey rod combinations is Steve Godshall, and he also has a lot of info in his database about actions of rods that he has measured, so calling him might be a wonderful place to start. He might even have the right blank for you. Hope this helps a little.
Hopefully over time the creep into longer, lighter spey rods being made, as well as lighter versions of the appropriate lines will continue. The lighter Gaelforce equalizers that recently came out are a good sign.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick