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Bruce & Walker.
I don't see this excellent rod maker mentioned anywhere here.
I strongly would recommend you guys over there to try the new B&W spey caster Parabolic series which come in 13, 14, 15 and 16 footers. I in particular favour the 15- and 16- foooters. Those are true parabolic action rods with a beautifully strong "english" tip. Due to this the rods have a very deep action but at the same time: Due to high psi material used the rods have an astonishing short stroke length with very little overshoot. We have been test-casting the rods and with long triangle tapered lines like Lee Wulff's, SA's XLT and Rio's Grand Spey. The rods perform just wonderful with these types of lines and the parabolic action act as a true and blasting afterburner propelling the line into distances you would not believe were possible. We have been testing the rods for some time now, and are constantly producing spey casts under calm conditions of 43-50 meters. The rugged tip also make the rods excellent and superior in pulling long sinking lines out of the water, by using the technique of Jim Love, superior Scottish double spey caster being a specialist on sinking lines. This must definately be something for the westerners fishing for kings and steelheads.
Tight lines from Gerhard and the country of the giant atlantic salmon
 

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Gerhard,

The short answer why I don't use B&W rods is the parabolic actions and the swing weight of the rod's tip section. I don't like how long you have to wait for the rod to quit bending before it starts to actually toss the line. I prefer a fast-action rod with less tip section swing weight. Yes, the timing is less forgiving with the faster rod; however, the fast rod will accept a faster application of power when casting and is still very capable of moving a lot of line. It it just a different timing and casting stroke than the slow parabolic rods like the B&W's you mentioned.
 

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parabolic

i WAS going to post that yes i HAVE a fast rod or two but,,something about POWER,and ACTION,it takes a proper combination to have MAGIC,soul,heart,the addictive qualities that are so awsome that you can't wait to swing it again,just being `fast' doesn't mean squat,it all has to be forgiving enough to make up for slight differences in casting under real fishing conditions;i fished a `slower' action rod this eve,whole lot of fun!!!,,well,anyway,i'll be glad to swing one,,how do they compare to a 15-9-11 expert,actionwise?,i'm somewhat interested in the 18's as well can you enlighten me there?,,the,,,the blue ones ,sorry but can't remember the ranges without jumping sites here,,any handle time on those?
 

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I use the Parabolic Lite 15ft 9/10 for Salmon fishing on the River Tay, here in Scotland. It is a truly beautiful fly rod.

Gerhard, what Lee Wulff Spey line did you find worked best with it, was it the 70ft or 80ft head? I have not got round to trying one of those lines on it but I must.

I am affraid I can not compare it to the Kola as I have not had a chance to try one of those out yet but I have heard a lot of good things about them.

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William

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