I am excited to try some of the other new rods out there as I am sure there will be some sweethearts.
I have been fishing the new LS2 from Scott and really like them. The more I fish them the more I like them. Very light weight and comfortable and cast long and short lines very well. I have fished the 1307,1408 and the 1509 which is the lightest 15' rod I have ever held.
Yes I have fished the 1307 with tips (windcutter 6-7-8) but not as much as the dry line. I think that I have just dialed in a "Skagit" line for it and it really zings. Great little rod for tips and dry lines of short or long belly.
Just talked to Kerry Burkheimer last night and he indicated that the site should be back up around the first of the year.
Anyway, his rods are very nice. It took me some time to try my first Burkie (couldn't seem to find a dealer to work with), but once I fished my first I was hooked. I now have 4 of his rods and am looking for a fifth. They have a very unique action that affords a tremendous quality of casting and fish fighting ability, but they also have a lot of power deep in the blank. You definitely owe it to yourself to cast and fish one, then make your own determination. Start saving now, because they are a wee-bit expensive.
Its hard to have a favorite these days!!! So many good rods coming out, so lucky we are to be able to access them through claves and such. The Mieser rods certainly left an impression on me, The MKS series is the ultimate head rod with the ability to cast long lines as well. The five piece long liners will be awsome rods that will be hard to beat in the spey arena. the 16' rods are a joy to cast, light, powerful and won't leave ya beat up at the end of the day. Can't say enough about Bob's rods you owe it to yourself to cast one. :smokin:
Doing my best to avoid biases, I think two very exciting things in rods are the arrival of extremely light yet powerful rods for lighter line weights (6/7 - 7/8) and production Skagit designs specifically intended for that style yet equally sweet for general use.
Case in point: I couldn't imagine casting a whole 7wt spey line with the light rods of old, where I am disappointed when I can't reach the back knot on a big wide run today. The ability to throw tips was marginal with the light rods of old, today it's simply a matter of line choice.
Continual load and economy of space behind comes natural with the Skagit designs developed in 2004. The arrival of lines to match is only going to make this better.
When you factor in Simons "bible" it's a very good year for Spey!
I agree with you on the rods Meiser is developing. The ones that are finised development are terrific and those not quite finished development yet are very nice now and will be superb casting and fishing tools when development is finished. The good strong tip combined with a nice, fast, crisp, progressive action and the small profile, thick blank wall makes for a rod that feels light in the hand with a low swing weight.
We are indeed very fortunate to be alive today. There are excellent rods on the market that cast and fish well and they cover the gamut from slower, full-flex rods to fast, progressive ones. In other words, there are superb casing and fishing instruments available now and in the near future to satisfy any person's preferred rod action and casting style.
We also have great lines available to use from shooting heads to short belly to long belly. This is very different from what it was back in the late 80's and early 90's. And now with the new spey line standards, things will get even better because we won't have to guess about what line size to use with a given rod.
I'm diggin' CND in all honesty. I like what they stand for (hardcore spey) which I translate into no bullsh*t, no fanfare, just get it done! I've cast the Solsitce and Salar (Both blew the doors off my Sages). I gotta do a little more research before I make the plunge. In that I mean I still have to test-cast a 15'2" Solstice (with a long belly) and I need to cast a Steelhead Specialist (long belly tips AND floater). I have been kicking the idea around of getting rid of my brown 9150 and replacing it with a Steelhead Specialist. My 9150 is currently my everything, 4-seasons rod. I am thinking the Steelhead Specialist could be an upgrade for my 4-season use. My 7136's advantage is it will toss an XLT quite nicely.....but the Solstices are just Oh Soo Sweeeeet. I dont know if its possible for me to NOT throw an XLT in Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct. But, if anyone wants to trade a Steelhead Specialist for a 9150.....contact me. :smokin:
I agree with all that said Meiser rods are awesome. I also tried one of HighlanderII's Burkie a few weeks ago and actually had a pleasurable time casting it as well. However, the favorite is the 14' 5 piece 9/10 that is just the sweetest casting rod I have tried to date!! This is the next rod for me, for sure!!!
:chuckle: Hey spey guys,
If anybody is in the Chilliwack area in the middle of march,i will be bringing over some rods from this side of the pond, all the stuff used on the spey, so if anyone fancies at shot let me know, rods from 13ft up to the beast at 18 ft,
Have a look at the new SAGE TCR 9140-4. It will be a hard search for a more smoother casting rod. It does excel with shooting heads and short belly spey lines like the Windcutter or SA Short Spey. You will be in for a big surprice.
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