The handle design appears quite different. Note the 15' rod clocks in at 11 oz which appears pretty darned heavy for a rod of this lenght. I'd have to look but I don't think my 18' B and W is this heavy.
Malcom: forgot to say thanks for the sextant 'research.' It's and oldie (I'm 60 and I've had the equipment - passed on to me - for at least 40 years. Still in perfect working order.
Actually, Fred, 11oz isn't too bad. I've weighed the three fifteen footers I've owned on a digital postal scale. The Winston Derek Brown Favorite 10 weight was 14.4oz. The Thomas & Thomas 5 piece 10 weight was 12.6oz. and the Loop Blue Series 10/11 was 10.2oz. Since B&W tend to be heavy rods by design, I'll bet your rod weighs quite a bit more than 11oz.
I've tried #8-9 13' rod - it doesn't appear to be heavy because of perfect balance. But its action is very specific. I've never seen anything like this between ANY american serial doublehanders, nearest rods to Clan are Hardy Ultralite and Gem, but they looks heavier and harder. I'm looking for a good summer salmon spey rod for a bad caster:hehe: ...
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