I have been vising in the web site of Very interesting piece of Spey rod.
As in title is told it would be great to have information for that rod. What
kind of longbelly lines have been used in this rod. etc,etc...
That rod rocks. It starts to sing somewhere over 900 grains. I have been happiest so far using the new Nextcast 95 10/11. I use 85 feet of it at the rod tip and it casts lovely. It feels as light as a feather but bends that lovely blank deeply.
Hand built by a master rod builder on the Banks of the Spey, used by loads of ghillie's and guests, you won't be dissapointed, they don't get any better, i also think they did well in Spey o Rama for such a small company.
Send Harry or Jack Cook an E:mail.
The rod has a pretty unique action. It is very progressive in that the more you put in the more you get back. That said it bends all the way into the handle when loaded like a fine traditional action. There is nothing traditional about the rifle shot that occurs when the energy is released. If you want to go fast and muscle the cast this rod will not work for you. If you like a nice SLOW lift and a loop sailing over the horizon with little effort on your part this is the blank for you.
The finish is very nice. Harry puts the wraps on as gossamer. It looks like they are held in place by magic. Never have I seen such thin layers of epoxy. The reel seats on the rods he make for me are Nickel with cork inserts and they accommodate new or antique reel feet. Put that old Hardy Perfect to work on one today.
If you are serious I will send you one to try out if you cover the postage.
It is a nice rod to cast. About two months ago, I had my first try three weeks before Spey-O-Rama. Because of the unique UK action, I didn't like much at the beginning. But after second and third attempts, I liked how it worked for me. It has a good feel of the bottom end of the rod. The top end is special. It really gets lots power for a long distance casting, even fishing. If you get a chance to cast it, give yourself more time to know it. Just relax; let the rod do its work.
Jack Cook can hook you up with a demo rod if you are interested.
This rod is on my to-get list.
I also favour the Specialist series from CND and spent 3 years fishing them. Nice and bend all the way into the handle. Nab is a traditionalist who spent a lot of time building actions in the UK. Easy to see how he got to like that kind of action.
That said I have many happy Clan fishers who also had Thompson and Steelhead Specialists and wanted something more. The minute they picked up the Clan they knew they had found their home.
To describe the difference accurately I would say...
Both want a nice slow lift to let the power develop.
Both will power deeply into the handle when loaded.
The Clan, while not stiff by a long shot, has more authority in the tip and when the rod fires there is no comparison either in power or control.
Both are excellent fishing tools, casting aside.
The finish and the components are WAY better on the Clan.
The Clan will work with antique reels with no modification to reel or rod.
Please note that all these comments are my personal opinion based on fishing the rods.
I will send you one to play with. I am sure Bob will do the same.
It will depend on the Highlander you get. I have cast three and they were all a little different. The first prototype was the best one, in my opinion. It bent all the way down like a great action will.
Just as everyone has said Harry makes great rods , Simon you did really well at Spey o rama and if you only had three weeks with the rod before hand then you did way better than really well.:Eyecrazy:
If you ever get a chance to speak to Harry, or see him at work you will know he knows fly rods, and when you get something right why change it, the Ghillie's choice has been on the go for a few years now no need to change it and rename it when its right its right.
The action is as everyone has said, through action but with plenty of power at the tip.
Jack in a few weeks you will get to try out its big brother, i think this is something special , i think its the lightest most powerful big boy there is, and its got a great name on it.:chuckle:
I find the power in Harry's rods to be so deeply integrated in the design and manufacture. The blanks are truly like nothing eelse I have ever used. When i first handled them I started trying to make them do what I wanted and they did it OK but nothing special. Then I started listening to the little voices of Mike, Derek, John and others trying to teach me to participate in the cast WITH the rod rather than trying to bully my way through it. The 'bull in a china shop' approach will produce results, but nothing like letting a well designed blank do the talking. As I have put the hours in on these rods they have helped me become a much better caster as they make me acutely aware of my mistakes. When I make a mistake I do not get the effortless laser beam loop that sails out of sight. Having experienced that so often on these rods you start to crave it and you hone and polish your strokes to make it happen more and more often.
Now it is a pleasure to put these fine tools in the hands of other talented casters and watch their experience. It is great to see someone who can cast 150' time after time have the light bulb go on and go to the next level. It makes me confident and sure that this is something we can never outgrow. We have the ability get better every day we go out. I can't wait to get out there this evening when my lesson shows up. And tomorrow AM, and on......
One thing to note though. The clan rods all have a different character. The 17 footers are soft and have almost a bamboo like action. However the 15' 9/10 and 10/11 are much faster and hanve tons of reserve power. They are not the same actions. Personally I do not prefer the 17' rods but they do cast well when you back off the power and let the rod do all the work. The 15 10/11 is a moderate to fast rod and will take a shorter , faster stroke which is my preferred way to cast longer lines.
You are spot on with the 17ft rod but i think it's really made for a different market, very popular in Japan . full floating line and i think smaller salmon though someone will correct me if i'm wrong as i have not been fishing there, but i understand thats the case and for that the rod is perfect.
The thing is Harry can and does make different types of rods incuding some beautiful trout rods, and some of the smaller double-handed rods , if you ever get over here we can get a couple of Harry and try them Skagit style, well you know it all started here, on the river Skagit in the highlands.:chuckle:
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