the salar specialist is a great alround salmon fly rod it will fish either floating or sunk lines with ease as well as any of the sink tip/ multi tip spey lines.the lines I have used and liked over here in the uk are much the same as recommended on the cnd website-we all i think have our own manufacturer of lines that we have a preference for.I think in general the rod is happier with a longer belly spey line and also fishes the longer double taper lines very well.I would deffinately consider the cnd gravity point line as recommended by cnd ,I use this line on my shorter cnd rods and they are a great match so would guess the 10-11 gravity point line would be superb on the salar specialist and must be the no1 choice of line if your looking for a multi-tip line.one thing to check is what reels you use as the specialist rods will not take some of the older uk reels with a bigger reel foot.As far as I am aware most of the modern reels by hardy,loop ,orvis, lamson etc are ok but some of the older youngs ,bruce and walker ,shakespeare ,Bfr are not a good fit so take this into consideration.Ihave used a couple of this websites sponsors to import my rods and have had great srevice,regards steve
After using several 15-foot rods and a 16-footer during the last decade, I have been delighted with my Salmo Salar for the last year and a half. It's light enough for all-day casting, but handles mighty streams and weighty winter flies. It flexes through most of its length, but recovers quickly. I've mostly fished with an extended belly line that I spliced, but it does equally well with a 8/9 XLT. It's the big rod I'd grab if my house was on fire.
Many thanks for the replies.
Stephen - you mention that the rod can handle sunk lines. I would be using a teeny t series or similar most of the time in spring. What grain weight could this rod handle - 300/400/500?
One more question - could someone give me more details of the spec of the Salar - type of rings;reel seat etc.
On reading the numerous posts on this very informative forum, I believe I won't go far wrong with one in my armoury!
Again - many thanks for the replies and information to be found on this forum.
Light olive green IM-8 blank, fugi strippers followed by stainless snakes and finished with a titanium tip top. Excellent quality cork with a long traditional fore grip. The reel seat is a double locking silver machined aluminum.
Hope this is of assistance and thanks for considering CND,
One more question...
I have now ordered one of the rods and I have been reading some articles on the Rio Skagit lines, which I think would suit the sort of fishing I do in the UK in certain places. Could anyone recommend which setup to go for on the Salar Specialist? 650 grain?
Thanks in advance,
I can't say that I have tried the Salar with a Skagit set-up - most of my Skagit work is done with the more "traditional" (Willie Gunn will like that mind-picture :lildevl: - a traditional Skagit rod ) shorter lighter rods like the North Fork - an 8 wt and the Skagit Specialist which is a 9/10.
On the Skagit Specialist I use the 650 gr lines. The Salar would probably do well with the 650 - if you are doing splash and go casts - but it may be a little light for any sustained load casts. The 10/11 CND line is a about 900 grains, but as a long belly. The 950 Skagit would be better - or might be a bit much... and I don't even own the line to try it on the Salar.
sean sorry I missed seing your post asking me about the teeny lines.I have not used this type of line before so could not commenton them .All of my sunk line fishing with the salar specialist is done with either a lee wulff 80ft #10 intermediate or a 40yard hardy dt11 type 2 sinker which the rod handles fine-but I am more of a traditional slow and easy spey caster rather than some of the more modern fast crash bang style casting-I started out with slow bamboo rods and I guess I never got over it! sorry for missing the post Im sure you will love the rod steve
I went to a clave at norhtfork about a week ago and played with cnd rods.I was impressed with the blackspey series and as far as I could tell the black and solar salmon were the same blank.the only dif might be the finish and type of hardware for 100.00 more.
The Salar is 15'6" and the biggest Black Spey is 15' - definitely different blanks. While they are both IM8 graphite, the Black Speys have a tip-over ferrule while the Salar (and all the other CNDs) have the considerably more expensive plug-ferrules.
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