Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: north. Washington/south British Columbia
The 16' 1" Solstice is rated as an 8/9, by American line standards. I'm given to understand that European spey line ratings use size numbers that are somewhat higher for a given actual weight than U.S. ratings. I'm not sure by how much; perhaps one or two numbers? So all of these recommendations are probably correct.
Last autumn, on the Clearwater River, I was allowed to use Steelie Addict's custom-built 16' 1" Solstice for a half day. As I recall, I mostly used my 7/8 XLT and 8/9 Airflo Traditional, long belly lines of similar weight. They both worked well.
Last edited by Nooksack Mac; 02-05-2012 at 02:09 AM.