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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2014, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Experience with CF Burkheimer 9135-4

Despite being familiar with a number of Burkheimer rods, and owing quite a "few," I always thought that 9135-4 is a rod more suitable for a large King or Atlantic Salmon, rather then Steelhead. Recently a friend of mine gave me his 9135-4 to try; what a nice surprise. The rod has generally similar action to an old 9145-4, is of course stouter and firmer in the lower 1/2 of the blank, generates faster line speed and at the same time has so nicely refined flex , may be even more then 9145-4; pure Burkheimer
Due to its butt, with lots of reserve power, it is great for a very large salmon, but at the same time ( tried to flex rod with line on it ) it bends beautifully under pressure associated with a typical 32-34" wild Steelhead. Definitely fighting a Steelhead of that size would be a joy and anything more will be a blast. The rod of course can be cast with any style, but with my favorite Scandinavian underhand cast the 9135-4 is even a bit better then 8134-4 or 9145-4.

Initially, I cast friend's 3D 11/12 F-H-I 630 gr/39' with fuoro leader and a good size fly, great. Then 10/11 594gr/40' even better . I feel that 550 or 650 gr would be fine too, although not the most optimum head.
Salar Finder 45 8/9 ( body was finished with 85 gr rio 10' tip T-3 or T-6) perfect.
Sinking F-S2-S4, typically needs to be a lighter , and not surprisingly 570gr/38' was another great head for this rod.

Considering that during a windy weather 15' rod can be an issue, specially after may days in a row of fishing, the 9135-4 is the perfect rod to fish in such conditions and more. The rod feels like a light wt.9 , but with a right butt position, can deliver power of a solid wt.9.

I am looking forward when UPS will deliver an elongated box..........
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I have the same rod in the titanium version to use in the surf as well as fresh. I am a beginner in spey casting and couldnt believe the distance this rod casts with big flys I could imagine it in the hands of a more competent caster its very light in hand yet very powerful.
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Considering the rod flex, and it is NOT overkill on 10 lb wild steelhead at all, if one could have only one rod, the 9135-4 would be perfect do it all rod on Steelhead and Chinooks in Skeena Country.
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I argue a 13089MKS.... better for the Skeena's smaller tribs.

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I was talking about a universal rod, including lower and mid-Skeena, not just small tributary

Was is better with the rod you mentioned ??
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Better is subjective...50' casts on smaller tribs to 100' casts on the mainstem Skeena. Winter runs with bike chain tips and Skagit heads..Summer runs with 10ft floaters and Scandi heads. Very efficient and effective.

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I believe in the original post it was said:

" if one could have only one rod, the 9135-4 would be perfect do it all rod on Steelhead and Chinooks in Skeena Country."

what includes Skeena, Bulkey, etc., not just small tribs

I am not a fun of casting Skagit heads, but ask Whitney or Brain who use this rod with a Skagit head what they think about 9135-4 capability ?

For Bulkley only CFB 8134-4 can deliver any section of T-14 on a Skagit head ( if needed )and beautifully Scandi heads of different type; on Copper CFB 8128-4 is perfect rod , regardless of the line/head.

Also, Sinking Scandi heads like I-S2-S4 or I-S2-S4 or Salar Finder can deliver a very large files with ease as the front section weight 8-9.5gr/foot.

BTW, You are welcome to start a new thread about your favorite MKS, as this one is about CFB 9135-4 !!!!!
If you have any personal experience with CFB 9135-4 were are eager to hear it
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I don't doubt the capability of the CFB 9135-4 at delivering a wide range of lines and grains. I've seen many CFB sticks in action. I'm debating your bold statement saying that the 9135-4 is the one rod quiver for the Skeena and her tribs.

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I had a chance to cast a few MKS and do not care about them at all.

For me, do it all, is CFB 9135-4.
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