I haven't cast the lines that you are asking about but I had a chance to cast the 16' 9/10 with a Carron line last weekend. It was stupid easy to cast the whole head. I have recently been trialing a number of 16' rods and this one felt the lightest and most responsive so far.
There is no water around me that requires a rod of this length but I want to add one to my collection because it is so much fun to cast.
I also cast the 16' Soltice from CND at the Sandy Clave and it too is a very nice rod. It will be a hard decision for me to choose between the two. In my humble opinion I think Imliked casting the Loomis slightly more.
In my mind the nice thing about these rods is that the CND is an 8/9 and the Loomis a 9/10. Many of the other 16' rods I've seen have been 10 - 11 weight. Both of these rods felt like they would be a pleasure to play a 10 lb steelhead on with the edge going to the Soltice slightly.
Hopefully later this year I'll have the chance to alternate casting the two rods and have a better side by side comparison.
have not spent much time with the loomis rods, but at the clave I did pick up the 17' 10/11 just for the heck of it and took it to the river for a little work out. This rod seemed quite light in hand for its length and line rating and it had no trouble at all casting the whole 10/11 xlt line, infact I think it could have took a little bit more. I was very impressed with this rod, its a serious cannon for big water.
I have been given a wee shot of the 17ft 10/11 long belly. Having been using an 18ft rod a lot recently, this rod came along as a breath of fresh air.
Not only is it one of the lightest rods in its range it is also the most effortless (typical of gloomis rods, the more effort/power put into the cast, the poorer the result). Paired with a carron jet stream, 95ft head line; this rod could easily contend with most 18ft rods on the market.
I tried the 17' at the GL Clave. The 17' was lined with a Rio Midspey and at least a 15' sink tip.....maybe longer. I am not used to rods over 14' and this was a new experience for me. More practice is required. As Peter mentioned, some of the young guns were ripping this out rather easily. Maybe Dustin or Ryan can chime in.
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