My main line with it is my XLT 7/8. Once the weather warms up, I'm looking forward to trying my new Carron Jetstream 9/10 with it. It should be fine, but it's possible it might be a just a touch heavy.
Though shorter it is slightly stronger than the 8139..
it was designed around a DT salmon 9 but will cast almost any spey line
9/10/11 WC. 8/9/10 WC 7/8/9 wc
8/9, 7/8 and even the 6/7 mid spey
though i have not cast it with an XLT i am sure it would cast well with either the 8/9 or the 7/8 maybe even the 6/7
just depends on how you want the rod to feel
I have not seen Burkheimer's catalog so I don't know how he's labelling the rods, but I have cast the 13'3" 6/7/8. Is this the same rod Kevin? If so, and you want a short head that rock with tips the Loop Quattro 9/10 was absolutely amazing on this rod. So much so that it convinced me that I must have this rod. With a type 8 tip and heavy fly it lifted with ease and the forward delivery to about 80 feet was just a tap of the bottom hand using the Scandinavian underhand technique.
The 7133 (13'3" 6/7/8) is a very different rod than the 8133 (13'3" 7/8/9). I have the 8133 and it is capable of throwing a lot of different lines. I have yet to really dial a skagit line for it, but am leaning toward a grain window is the high 600s. The 7133, while a great rod, is probably limited to a somewhat lower number.
I am working on a new short head for my 8139 Approximately 635gr in 43'. I am planning to go to Aarons' gig on Saturday. We can try it on the 8133 if you are there. I think it should match up well.
sorry I've been away. I have the 8133, this summer on a Klick float I had the rod lined with 7/8 mid spey everyone felt it was overlined. I started fishing my Diawa with a 6/7 mid Spey and then thought about trying the 6/7 on the 8133 and it came back to life.
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