After taking another thread way off topic, I decided that I should start a new thread for all of us who enjoy swinging the "long-er" rod
So, I have extracted the "off-topic" content from that thread and placed them in to this thread, to further the discussion.
This thread is all about those of us who like to swing the "Long-er" two-hander .... our thoughts, preferences, struggles, trials and tribulations.
What's your magical combination that you have ?? Or the combination to stay away from
Originally Posted by GR8LAKES FLYER
I have the 12'6" 6/7 MKS and the 14' 6/7 MKS, both were the latest generation prior to Mr. Meiser introducing the MKX series.
I have noticed that both having the same designation, they are indeed different. The 12'6" 6/7 MKS is somewhat "lighter" in my opinion than the 14' 6/7 MKS. The 14ft'er really has a much larger grain tolerance than it's shorter sister. Also the taller girl is much more effective for lifting sunk lines than the shorter sister ... could be a length thing I'd imagine, but the authoritative tip is much more recognizable in the taller sibling.
I first started using Scandi style lines on both rods, usually 435gr for the 12'6" and 475gr for the 14'. I made the mistake of loading the 14' with a 525gr Scandi and was pleasantly surprised it worked quite well. I have custom cut old Guideline DDC's to work on both, which handle all my sunk line needs for these sticks.
I have since gravitated to longer lines and find the Beulah Aero Head works well on both. The 6/7 Aero Head is a perfect match for the 12'6", but the 7/8 Aero Head is much nicer on the 14' in my opinion, however I reserve these lines for mostly delicate work in presenting small wet flies. They just don't have the authority in the taper to punch through wind or deliver a larger #2 to #1/0 offering. I've stuck with Scandi heads and the Aero Head for the 12'6" MKS, but have since moved over to the Gaelforce Equalizer Spey lines for the 14' MKS, modifying them into "head" versions since I share reels between rods. I have found the 9/10 Equalizer to be a fantastic match. The old 8/9 Snowbee 1D line is also easily tamed on this rod, however I do prefer the Gaelforce Equalizer for turnover, distance and smoothness.
I will give the Gaelforce 8/9 EMT the nod for a more "Skagitty" approach since that is how I have matched it with my 14ft MKS. I find it very smooth and shoots buckets of line, even into the wind with a very authoritative turnover.
I know you have the model in between mine, but thought a little food for thought might help you as well
It seems that every increase in a two handed rod's length increment will also increase (improve) the rod's overall performance capabilities.
The longer (14'0" 6/7) rod will inherently have a broader grain window then will the shorter 12'6" 6/7 ... This from both the low and high ends of the GW.
In addition, the longer rod will more efficiently carry proportionately longer bellies, generally achieve greater casting distances, carry bigger pay loads and allow a far broader diversity of line systems ... All achieved with far less expended energy from the caster.
So even though the mentioned 14'0' and 12'6" MKS rods do have similar energies, they really are in essence quite different rods in overall capabilities ...
The logical forte of the shorter rod will primarily be its performance on smaller rivers ... Especially those smaller rivers with tight banks and lot's of low overhead riparian.
And if its a concern ... The shorter rod will also be lighter in hand.