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Finally had a chance to cast the rod today. First was the 9/10 long delta which felt like a shooting head on this rod, absolutely effortless casting and could turn out to be a great tipps line for this rod. Next line was the 8/9 xlt on the home casting pond in a more controlled enviroment, and thats when I realized what a powerful rod this is. People who like the faster rod s will love this rod, but its still got that sweet feel like the salar has. It will cast the 8/9 xlt in full with incredible line speed and I think it will be a great dry line for that rod. Tried the 8/9 grandspey and felt it was getting on the verge of overload at 90', not as sweet as the xlt. hoping to get out and fish the 7/8 grand with a tip tommorrow. Another great rod in the true 9/10 category, could be one of the best 9/10 14ft rods i have ever cast. Thanks Jack for chance to give this rod the workout.


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Yes Brian, the Steelhead Specialist is quite a rod. If people want to give it a try they should come to Speybum's Clave in Carnation this Saturday. Aaron has one and I will be bringing one down as well. See you there.
 

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Brian,

Saw you tossing that rod out there at Aaron's get-together. You cast as well as you tie those shrimp you showed me at the roundtable. Had the kids so I missed trying the Thompson and the Steelheader. Going to try the Clave without kids next week.

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Looks like a winner.

The biggest problem I have is waiting in line for my turn to try it.
Primary test is good that this is some awesome rod.
I like it’s quick progressive action and the fast damping tip makes this a very pleasant rod to cast.
When I cast the Proto Type With Dana . Kush, John F and Marlow the were just too many lines and not enough time go really get to know the rod.
Hope to get a chance to throw some Rio Scandinavian
Heads with it this week.


Bring on those Chum's or maybe a Rouge River Winter Steelhead.
Being that Fred Has a New addition to his B and B


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CND rod weights?

Can Juro or anyone tell me rod weight for the Steelhead Special, and for the 1409 SP (Custom)? I've cast the Custom, which is nice and light in the hand, with a fairly quick recovery and good reserve power. Can't wait to compare the Custom and the Steelhead Special. I'm destined for one of the two.
 

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The official weight of the Steelhead Specialist is 295g. which is equivalent to 10 2/5 oz. As with all rods, subtle variances in finish and trim may affect these figures slightly. It's best to assess a rod's weight distribution over it's length as well as overall weight - most importantly how it casts for you. For 1/3oz additional weight the Specialist is four inches longer and is a four-piece (extra ferrule) in addition to being a more powerful rod.
 
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