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Would the Salar and the Thompson also handle full sinking spey lines, for example the Ian Gordon med sink?
 

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Sean is right, Nobuo loves to fish a full sinking line and both of those rods excel at it.
 

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I have two 'full sink lines,' both are 65' head Ian Gordan 9/10 'S' series lines. The inter med sink 'loves' the 15' Sage 10wt and the full sink is a cannon off the 15' Loomis 10wt.

Interesting thing is both rods are 'rated' as 10wts, but if you shift the lines ... YUCK! :saevilw:
 

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i have a thompson specialist 16/7 i was fishing on the tay with a sunk line ,whow awesome rod,so much power from the butt
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Thanks, guys. Never really thought I would get replies saying they wouldn´t handle sinkers ;)

If I´m lucky I might get to try a few CND:s this summer.

If I ever get another 15ftr (or longer) it would probably be something lighter and faster than my B&W, mainly to be used with mid-to-long bellied floaters on bigger rivers where you need long casts and fish long days. But it should be able to handle sinkers as well.

For sinkers, the Kola with the 10/11 top is all I could ask for and the 13´ Norway for smaller rivers or really low rivers is an absolute gem, either with shooting heads or spey lines. The Kola with the 9/10 top isn´t as good as with the 10/11 top, lacks just a little bit if feel, recovery speed and lightness. Great with shooting heads but a bit too steely for spey lines. And since I´m not using shooting heads that much on the Kola anymore I´m thinking about another rod for 9/10 or 10/11 floating spey lines.

The Norway 15´ 9/10 would probably be a good alternative as well, as the Norways are lighter and faster compared to the Kola. Or even the Loomis Greased 15´ 9/10, but I feel the prices for those are on the silly side, at least here in Europe. Also, I have quite a few friends whose GLX:es have snapped and/or have left quite a bit to question when it comes to build quality, finish etc. Tried the Stinger GLX 15ftr a few days ago and it was, unsurprisingly, a fantastic rod. Felt a bit deeper than the old GLX and also a bit sturdier. Dont´know how it would handle spey lines, though.
 

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cnd rods with sunk line

the cnd rods easily cope with sunk line fishing-I use both the salar and 14ft expert with sunk lines.As for action I think it helps with a rod wich moves right down to the butt to aid roll casting the sunk line to the surface so it can then be cast as a floating line would be.regards steve
 

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The reason I asked if the CND Salar handles sinking lines was just to make sure it´s broader than just a floating line rod. There have been a lot of posts on the Salar, but mainly from people using floaters or sink tips. If I get a Salar, or any *updated* spey rod, I´d mostly use it with floaters, since the Kola 10/11 makes it so easy using sinking lines. I really think it´s an advantage to have a slower really deep, but powerful rod when using sinkers.

As a reply to Peter I´m aware that the CND:s don´t exactly fit into the fast rod category, but from what I understand about their action they should be fast enough for me. For example, the Stinger really felt good while underhand casting, but somewhat sloppy and restless when using a more relaxed semi-traditional stroke, which I favour. I try to rely on a good d-loop and a sharp and crisp stop of the forward stroke in order to get high line speed and tight loops.
 

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Then of course it would be great to check out Meiser´s rods :) Seem to please everybody, from traditionalists to hitech guys. But I guess I´ll have to travel to at least Scotland to try these babies out!?
 

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Then of course it would be great to check out Meiser´s rods :) Seem to please everybody, from traditionalists to hitech guys. But I guess I´ll have to travel to at least Scotland to try these babies out!?
Yep, when you come over next March I'll let you play with one.
 

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Willie Gunn said:
Yep, when you come over next March I'll let you play with one.
:) :) :)

That would have been amazing. There won´t be any Scottish autumn trip this year (got a good reason, a new baby due later this summer) so I´ll guess I´ll have to *make it up to myself* by going there in the spring instead. :hihi:
 
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