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Hi Folks,
I'm in line for a new 15 ft B&W. My mind is set on a B&W, so please don't try and talk me out of it. I previously had a Sage 15'.
Ok, so question is.......which 15ft B&W ? - they seem to do a few and the past posts on this board recommending the B&W always seem to leave out the model.
I want it for both overhead and Spey.
Advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Beaconbeige.
 

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Depends,as always.
If you fish predominately in the summer the Norway 9/10 is a good rod. For sunk lines step up to the 10/11. For a rod with 2 tips 9/10 and 10/11 look at the Kola 15 3". Both of the above are very good value for money with cheaper fittings eg Fugi reel seats.

Next step up are the Powerlites which are finished to a higher quality and look vey nice.

Then the Double Speycaster which is a lovely rod 2 tips a lovely blank limited edition. The creme de la creme.

Then if you can still find one is the Whisperer which you will have to sell your wife and familly to afford but well worth it. 2 butts 3 tips you decide on whether you want a soft or stiff set up.

I am not so keen on the newer Parabolics or Speycaster Delux rods.

I hear that a world shortagr of Carbon Fibre will push prices of all rods up by next year so do not take too long in choosing.
 

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Thanks for the prompt replies folks.
So, is there a real difference apart from aesthetic and more expensive
fittings and extra tips/butts between the Norway and the powerlites/double speycaster ?
It's the 10/11 I'm after but if the difference's are only aesthetic, I'll opt for the Norway but if the other rods are better casters I can afford these.
Advice much appreciated.
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The dearer the rod the better the carbon.

Having said that I am not sure that the carbon on the Double Spey costs 3 times the carbon on the Norway. But aesthetics are important.
I feel that with my Whisperer 16 I am getting out about another rod length but if I was blindfolded could I tell?
 

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I second to Willie Gunn, at least as far as the Norways are concerned, as I have no personal experience from the Powerlites or other "higher end" B&W:s. The Norways are plain tools, which do the job, and well that is. However, the looks of the Norways does not please every eye, although I like their appeareance. I have 15´9/10 and 10/11, 13´ 7/9 and also nowadays a 16'3" Kola from the B&W range (+ few Hexos :biggrin: ). At the moment my favourite is 15-9/10.
 

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My personal choise would be the Norway 10/11#.

If looks play a big part in you decision and you can aford an extra £100-£200, get B&W to finish the Norway to your own liking.

I had a friend do this only a month ago. It has realy turned the rod into somthing special. :wink:
 

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Folks,
Really appreciate the prompt replies.
I think I'm going to go with the 15' 10/11 Norway as from the
replies there doesn't appear to be a world of difference between that range and their other 15 footers and it's a working rod I'm after.
I'll leave the ordering until next week, in case some other posts come in over the weekend to change my mind.
Many thanks,
Beaconbeige.
 

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For what it's worth, most of the guides at Ryabaga Camp, Panoi River, Russia for 2004 season used B&W 15' Norway 9/10's. They seemed to get the job done. Nevertheless, I opted for a CND Salmo Salar Specialist--I love it!
 

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That`s the one !

Beaconbeige,
Willie Gunn`s buffet says it all, and if it`s a workhorse you want go with the 15`Norway.
9/10 or 10/11...your choice, both are excellent.
I fish with these all season, and love them.
Buy it, and enjoy it.

Slyfox,
I managed to get the 15` Salmo Salar Specialist in the recent Syrstad auction, and am very much looking forward to receiving it. Any comments, or recommendations would be appreciated.

Peter.
 

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I´ve used the 15,3 Kola speycaster for two seasons and it´s been fantastic. I tend to use the 9/10 top on most trips, even with sinking lines and big flies, since it´s powerful enough. Also, that lighter top makes the rod a bit easier to use during a full day´s of fishing and it makes it a bit more tip-inclined/faster action wise. Since the Kola is just a tad more expensive than the Norway I´d really recommend it, since it´s practically the same rod as the Norway, but with two tops, which makes it more versatile.

I´ve been thinking about getting a Powerlite 13´ but I still haven´t really figured out what the difference is between the Norway/Kola series and the Powerlites. Any clues, anyone?
 

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Heja Sverige, and Hej Fredtrout

I have no clue about the differences between the Norway and Powerlite series, but as Willie Gunn suggested, I suspect that the major difference is cosmetic. However, I can recommend the Norway 13 #7/9 rod, which is a splendid low water salmon/grilse/seatrout rod. If you are interested in buying one, put in google words "Purely Fly Fishing", and you are close to the best bargain price, at least as far as I am aware of. :D

WBR, Lohi
 

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Kiitos, Lohi!

Yes, I´ve heard great stuff about the 13´ #7-9 Norway, for example from Ian Neale, whom I contacted about B&W rods.

Some people say that the Powerlites are a bit softer/not as *steely* and not as deep in action (also a bit lighter). The 13´ footer is probably the rod I´ll be using on most of my trips so I really want to get THE rod! I´ll be fishing mostly with shooting heads (floating, intermediate or sink tips) since most of my *local* rivers are tree lined and pretty deep close to the shore. I want my 13-footer to be light and easy to fish all day. It needs to occasionally be able to put out a long line and handle big atlantic salmon (in case I´ll ever get one on the fly...) So far, the B&W 13-footers have interested me but there are of course a lot of nice rods out there! Oh, forgot to mention that I want a WORKHORSE, ie not a flashy rod that´s too lightly built with egg shell-thin walls. Again, the B&W:s spring into mind... :)
 

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Fredtrout,
for what it`s worth, I have yet to fish with a nicer rod in the 13` range than the B&W. That`s not to say that I`ve tried them all, or that there are not many worthy contenders, but rest assured you should be well pleased with this rod.
My girlfriend, who is quick to claim "her rod" on our trips, took it so often, that I had to buy a second one. :cool:
 

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Fredtrout,
for what it`s worth, I have yet to fish with a nicer rod in the 13` range than the B&W. :cool:
Is that the 13´Powerlite you´re referring to?

(I wrote in my previous post that I need a rod that can handle big salmon, "in case I´ll ever get one on the fly", meaning I´ve not caught bigger salmon than 11 ib on the fly, not that I´ve never caught any salmon on the fly. Just for the record... I´m being silly here, I suppose :wink:
 

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Hell´s bells! Since everybody´s talking about the 13´ Norway I guess that´s the one! :) Just want it with a nicer reel seat...
I´ve heard about a 25 % increase in the price of carbon next year, which will affect the prices on rods. anybody else heard that?
 
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