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I'm inquiring about a Carron line for a Sage 8150 for a friend. He likes a very light load, presently fishing a Wulff TT7 Spey on the 8150. What Carron do people think would be appropriate, if any? The line would be used for floating work only.

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Bill,

I don't remember if I ever cast my 10/11 Carron on my 8150 before I sold it but I'm guessing it would have handled it fine without overloading it. Reading that your friend likes a "very light load", I wonder though if the 9/10 would not be a better match for his tastes. I'm sure some of Aaron's guys will weigh in on this.

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The 9/10 carron works quite well on the old 8150.
 

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he likes a TT7. That would only be tip casting the 8150. I am not sure what Carron line would give a comparable feel. Personally, I am sure I would like the 9/10 on the 8150.
 

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Carron Line

Carron 9/10 747 grains 65 foot head
Carron 10/11 861 grains 75 foot head
Carron 10/11 938 grains 85 foot head long belly

Bill the 9/10 or the 10/11 will suit your sage depending on your head length choice

I hope this is of some help to you


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I fish the 8150 a lot. I agree with Brian that the 9/10 is very nice.

I have an older 10/11 which was a mutant mistake and weight in at about 650 grains over 75 feet. That is an awesome line on the 8150.

I think the 8150 dials in at 620-650 grains. It will cast more than that but it really likes that weight.

The Snowbee 3D 9/10 at 618 is really nice.
 

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has anyone weighed or measured the Carron lines from a recent production run? I absolutely love how these lines cast, but haven't tried any on the 8150, and am curious how they spec out. If the 9/10 really weighs 747 gr over 65', in my book, it's a wonder of taper design how it matches the 8150. I like 550-600 gr on this rod for mid-belly lines.
 

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I have been told that the 9/10 if 740 grains also. The 8150 can handle that but you have to let it handle it and not manhandle it. I prefer the lighter side as you do.

Hopefully one of the Ian Gordon lines will spec out around 640.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I didn't realize that there weren't any lighter weight Carron lines until I did some research after I posted. The posts above confirm my mistake, so I appreciate the comments about some alternatives. A new XLT or a Snowbee might be possibilities. The head weight could be more than a TT7, but should be less than a TT8, since my friend tried both Wulff lines before deciding, and wished for one in the middle.

Thanks again.

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The Snowbee 3D 9/10 at 618 is really nice.
I concur. This is the best long-ish dry line I've tried yet on the 8150 (haven't tried the Carron).

I find that it works best with the color change either in the hand, or outside the rod tip. This gives a nice light load. But when the color change is half-way up the rod, it bogs down. Get the color change to the tip, the rod feel lightens, and the tip bounce drops off markedly. Really nice. But definitely heavier than the TT7 when carrying similar lengths of line.
 

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The new Partride Ian Gordon Spey had an 8/9 which is 640 grains on the dot. With a 65' head this is an awesome setup for the 8150. I would like it to be 85' but oh well. The 9/10 at 710gr over 75 feet is also OK unless the wind starts howling.
 
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