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I cast the CND 11' 11wt Atlantis beach rod

For those of us who have ever witnessed the birth of a baby, you know the humbling awe that can overcome a man. I have seen 5 births with wives, friends and through my nursing clinicals. Today, it may have been the birth of a whole new era in fly rods, but humbling none the less.

Even as I flexed the rod at Dennis's fly shop, I felt the difference immediately. A fast action with a self dampening tip that I can expect from CND. We ventured out into 20 to 30 MPH winds with gusts up to 45. Tried a Loop floating head at 420 grains, 33' long on a .030 airflo running line. Just a tad light. Next was a 36', 500 grain head on Rio .024 running line. Casting into the wind was not a problem. I was amazed at how little effort was required to cast this head. After months of 300 to 600 grain heads on rods that were 12 to 15 feet long, there was nothing to compare. I had thought the 11 footer was going to be too short, but I was wrong. This rod is so distinctly different than anything I have used to overhead cast with that it surely will be placed in a class of it's own. There is nothing like this rod and all the other rod makers have something to fear.

Thank God I already own the Salar. I know I've already stated I was going to buy the Skagit and the Steelheader specialist without even trying it, but now I don't know what to do. I believe the Skagit rod will be just as distinctively different, as will the Steelheader, after testing the Atlantis today. I just don't know how I can possibly afford all three and yet each one fits a specific need for my wide range of fishing that I do, four days a week, all frickin' year.

After leaving the shop, I must have been in shock. I drove the entire 25 miles home without even realizing I had forgot to turn on the CD player. Drove home in silence I did because next week, all the new rods from CND are supposed to be here. What the hell am I going to do?

Matt
 

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What should you do? I think you need to attend another birth dude. Fishing gear is cool, but it's just fishing gear:razz:
 

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Knowing Matt He will probably will buy them all and then try to pawn all his older rods off on me. I got one and already I feel the need for another one. What is it with fly rod fishing. Do you always need another. Sorry Spey rods thing

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Greg

No I have never tried any of Bob's rods. But I see all the posts about them (My Report On Two-handed Rod For Striped Bass Fishing, meiser 8/9 switch rod review). I am really curious, but I don't know of anyone with one up here in Seattle/Everett area.

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Matt -

I'd highly recommend you contact Bob directly, he's the real deal and knows how to make magic with graphite. I'll bet it wouldn't be too forward to ask to test drive one, he's sent them as far as the east coast to let people try 'em.

Just click on his banner when it comes up - he's a site sponsor. Or check the sponsorpage for Bob Meiser's banner and click that for info.
 
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