Its a nice rod ,you'll find it a touch heavy ,a DT 10 would work it well though you might well use a line one number higher of lower .I have a couple of 10'6" falkuses rated#7 work best with an #8 .lovely action especially for speycasting in the dark for seatrout .
I have an Airflo Multi Tip 10/11 that I´ve cut back a little to suit my Broman 14ftr. Head length is about 15 meters, the head weight about 42 grams. This might suit the Hexagraph.
Andy: Is it that heavy that it feels a bit dated? The idea for a 13´, in my mind, is to have a reasonably light versatile rod you can fish all day. I´m not too concerned about rod weights, though. My B&W 15,3´weighs about 50 grams more than a GLX 15´, which I think is hardly any difference. The B&W is well-balanced, a feature I look for more than just getting the 'lightest' rod around.
I can of course take this 13´Hexagraph for a test ride but if it´s heavy as lead, than I won´t bother. (The only Hexagrapgh I´ve tried is the Falkus Light Line 15´#7. That´s a really light rod, for being a Hexagraph, but it´s a specialist rod for low summer rivers going after grilse. However, I liked that rod and would buy it if wasn´t studying at the moment. What I´m looking for now are rods that can cover lots of different situations. )
When i tried it ,I had been using bigger rods and it "seemed " very light compared with those ,Get it I think you will enjoy it ,and its a peice of history .
Also If it ever needs refurbishment or repair the service from B+W is excellent .
Btw, it´s of course a 12,4´and not a 13´as I wrote in my previous post. My mistake!
How would you describe the action? Deep and soft or perhaps deep and stiffish? Would it at all be possible to use it with shooting heads as well? of course, the Airflo is very much like a shooting head after I started fiddling with it. Out of the box there´s not a whole lot of rear taper on the Airflo and I´ve cut it even more to make it lighter. Also I took out a bit of the level part before the loop connection which made the line a bit ´faster´with better turn-over capacity.
If momory serves me well I wuold describe it as soft ish ,sure you could use it with heads I occaisionly use heads on the 10'6"s though prefer shorterstiffer rods for Head work .
I still need to get my head round using heads with a double hander ,will be trying on the coast some time this year .
fred the 12ft 4 inch hexagraph works great with a good old fashioned DT 10 line which gives you a great combination of distance and presentation .when new the rods came with a card with line recommendations from falkus .I sometimes think we overlook the dt line in search of the latest line when for shorter double handers these can be a more usefull fishing line, does anyone agree?
I use DT lines a lot for brook trout and the "philosophy" behind that should really imply that DT:S would work well also for more intimate salmon fishing!
I don´t remember who it was but someone posted that long distance spey lines may cause us to miss fish closer to the shore. That´s probably very true in many cases, at least among us "gear heads" :tongue:
However, I think that the Windcutter works fine even for close range fishing.
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