If the wind is not blowing too hard, midspey 6/7 is great up to about 85' or 90'. If you want to break the 100' mark the 7/8 midspey is better, but is not as nice for short/medium work. A good compromise might be the long delta 6/7.
7/8 XLT is good up to about 75', way too much for any more. 6/7 XLT is doable, but a bit light.
Windcutter 7/8/9 works better than the 6/7/8.
A regular old fashioned DT9 is OK, DT 8 is a bit light.
My favorite line on the rod is a modified midspey 6/7. I took the fattest part of another 6/7 midspey (that was sacrificed to line experiments) and put 3' in the new line. This extended the head to 59' and total grain weight to approx. 520.
I have one of Kerry's 7-8-9 rods in a 13'9" length and I'm using the 7/8 XLT with it, which works nicely. Perhaps Steve can hook you up with some recommendations this coming weekend.
If you go with a Rio, William nailed it. Simon suggests you use one of the following for the Burkheimer CF 7137-3. A Windcutter 6/7/8 if you prefer a faster action or the 7/8/9 Windcutter if you like a more traditional feel. Likewise with their Midspey, the 6/7 for a Euro action or 7/8 for the that traditional feel. As to the Grand Spey, he doesn't recommend this taper for your rod.
By the way, does anybody know what happened with Kerry's website? It's been down for weeks now and there's no link to another location on the web. Has he abandoned the web as a marketing tool?
this morning on the upper river (nothing but dinks again, but one fellow below me hooked 5 fall kings on his fly rod ... greedy guy!) and the short head 7/8 airflo is a very nice combo. Espcially if you're running surface flys.
Will swap this out with the 7/8 xlt this afternoon and give it a go 'during lunch' this week.
this rod. It's like a line was designed for a specific rod in mind (maybe it was?? Steve C has a lot of Burkie rods.)
Rod will also handle honking big king's in the river. Fishing Tuesday evening at upper Tou Velle Park ... wade out into river for first cast and got ' butted' by a cromer king! Darn thing nearly knocked me over hitting me behind the knees.
Turns out the riffle in front of me was alive with the things .... amazing how strong 8# floro carb. leader can be.
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