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Jack Cook
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I just got my hands on a couple of Carron Jetstream Spey lines. The lines are about 75 feet with long front tapers of about 40 feet. The lines also feel very soft in the air. These beauties transfer energy like crazy! Ian has rated the lines using AFTMA standards so the first 30 feet. This means the numbers mean nothing. The 10/11 casts like a dream on rods rated close to 9. My favourite so far is the 14'4" Steelhead Specialist from CND. This line on that rod is one of the sweetest setups you will every have the pleasure to handle. I have not cast anything over 100 feet in a long time. The Carron casts without effort and 75 feet and can easily shoot another 50, even with my moderate shooting skills. The 10/11 is also a nice line on the Salar. Although it underloads the Salar a bit the blank is more than capable of sending the entire 150 feet of taper and shooting lines as well as all the backing you want to shoot. All in all I prefer the 11/12 Carron the the Salar as it load the rod deeply and feels very traditional. With the 11/12 I cannot shoot quite as much as gravity wins but still 120 foot casts are easy.

If you are looking a a line which performs well on a rod and have an 8/9 or 9/10 rod I would seriously consider the Jetstream. In fact I am looping one on Friday to use with tips.

The bad news is that Carron is out of production on these lines and you can only get what you can find. They also are a bit spendy at $130 a pop but they are way worth the $$. I hear that Ian is in discussions with companies like Rio so maybe we will see the line back in production in the near future, I hope so. At least I have 3 of each weight stashed away in case they don't.
 

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Jack,

You lucky devil. Tell us how it handles when cut back for tips. That is the only thing that has been keeping a few of us from biting the bullit on one.

'tip
 

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Jack Cook
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Specs

The tins, British lines do not come in boxes but tins, confirm that the total line is 50 yards. The head length is 76 feet and the rest is running line. I will post a recipe after I cut it. I am going to cut the minimum I can and get #8/9 sink tips to cast like butter.
 

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DROOOL.....

that's it my order is in. I GOTTA have one.

I've cast the line before and the sensation has never left me, and I am responsible for referring others to buy them, yet I do not have one myself.

Time to remedy that problem!
 

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Juro,

Your line is in the mail
Aaron


:smokin:
 

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I'm like a kid at Christmas! Thanks I can't wait to spool it up. The ice is off my practice river and aside from this little snow squall we're having now, late winter is passing to early spring and I will have plenty of chances to enjoy it.

Mucho gracias Aaron!
 

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Dirty Scoundrel

Yes,
I am the dirty Scoundrel that is importing the Carron Jetstream line.
I have been swamped both at my dayjob and at the shop so have yet to do much with them.
Will be making some posts to what fits who as soon as possible.
Yes there are more on the way.

Aaron
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Just you wait

Ian Gordon says wait till Spey O Rama when he will have his samples of the new lines with him, he says they are very promising.
 

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Willie Gunn said:
Ian Gordon says wait till Spey O Rama when he will have his samples of the new lines with him, he says they are very promising.
Ah yes ... but is he 'promising' to send a few samples over to us Pacific NW types to try?
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Come on Fred if Ian can cart his lines from Speyside to San Francisco surely you could travel from Oregon to California, it's just down the road on my map, about an inch.:hehe:
 

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Carron Lines

The best thing about Ian's new lines will be the confusion they will cause between people who can spey cast correctly and people who can't. What will the underhand casters make of a 100 foot belly?! Some big decisions are going to have to be made, get a casting lesson or stick with the Rio windcutter ?
 

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Dana seems to have converted the underhand style to long lines like XLT and Grandspey, so it should work fine. he will have to show the rest of us how to do it.
 

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OK

I spent a few hours this week, about 30, fishing a Carrron 10/11 with 12 feet removed from the end and a loop attached. To this I attach 12-15 feet off Airflo #3 and #7 sink tip. The only change I make to the factory tips is to remove the mono loop and douple them back to a loop and secure with a nail knot. This removes a stiff point and allows the energy coming down the line to transfer smoothly from the Jetstream to the tip. This setup casts very well indeed. Casts over 100 feet are easily accomplished and although I do not often cast that far in Winter fishing it is kind of nice to be able to. Even with the sink tip the energy flow down the line is amazing. When the line comes tight the line slaps against the handle like a gunshot. If you shoot line with this setup be sure to have a good grip on the rod.

As I said before, the 10/11 Jetstream casts very well on rods which require a true 8/9 line, about 650 grains over 75 feet. High end rods like the Salar can use their complex tapers to cast this light line easily 150' even though it is underloading them.

When I put the 11/12 on the Salar I feel the rod loading and this is the line I would fish routinely on this rod. In the same way the Thompson can cast the 11/12 and about 30 feet of backing if you are so inclined, even though it is underloaded.

I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the 97 foot version. I am also looking forward to the price being about $80.
 

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carron jetstream lines

Have just been reading your reports on the" jetstream Speylines,"
I agree they are the best lines on the market today for speycasting with ease.I have just purchased the new 10/11 floater and the new 10/11 intermediate which is an absolute dream to fish with and contrary to your reports they are easy to obtain and are still in full production at a cost of £75.00,you may think this is a little pricey, but when is the last time you cast 35yards to 45yards effortlessly!!. I fished with my 9/10 floater all last season on a 14 foot rod and will not now fish with anything else other than a "Jetstream Line."It was at the gamefair last year I bumped into the "Carron" stand and to my surprise that I discovered that they do not just do lines,they also have a wide variety of beautifully handcrafted rods to suit every Speycasters needs from soft to stiff,large to even larger!!.I left the stand with all the infomation required having tested 3 diffferent rods,made my mind up and purchased a Carron 15 foot rod and these 2 new lines,there were lots of lines on show.I also spoke to the owner of the stand who informed me that they were developing a few new lines for 2004 for the American market,
The copany I ordered my tacle from was Carron rod & case company.
www .carron-rod-and-case.co.uk :)
 

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Willie Gunn said:
Come on Fred if Ian can cart his lines from Speyside to San Francisco surely you could travel from Oregon to California, it's just down the road on my map, about an inch.:hehe:
Well ... almost true .... each inch equals about an hours drive at 70 mph.:D
 

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Carron Line

Howdy all,

I was at River Run Anglers on Friday to chat with Aaron when he told me about these lines. I was a bit skeptical at first, but when he took me to the backyard to cast, all my skepticism went out of the window. :eyecrazy:

A great line to cast, has the smoothest coating on a spey line I have ever seen, and is just the easiest thing to fling. With the complete line and an added sinking leader of around 12-15', the line cast with not a hinge of difficulty. We had it setup on a Lamiglass rod that complemented it extremely well. By far the smoothest casting, even on the grass, easy 80 to 100' single speys, even in slightlt windy conditions, and just ohhhhh so sweet to cast. I have not yet found a line quite like this one. A line well made.

My order is also in!!! :D :D :D :D :D
 

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lummels said:
Have just been reading your reports on the" jetstream Speylines,"... I left the stand with all the infomation required having tested 3 diffferent rods,made my mind up and purchased a Carron 15 foot rod ... I also spoke to the owner ... who informed me that they were developing a few new lines for 2004 for the American market... www .carron-rod-and-case.co.uk :)
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Interesting visiting the web site noted above.

(via Google) ... one set of rods (two tips and two butt sections/same middle section(s) 'encased in a special wood box.'

I'm afraid to even think about what that combo must cost!:eek:
 
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