I've used this rod and own the next one up (10wt) both rods are excellent 'tips' rods with the backbone to chuck heavy heads. The 8/9 should easily handle a 200-250 grain head. The 10wt flips a rio 300 grain big boy like it was a feather. It knows when the 400 grain is aboard.
With dry lines I've found this euro needs to be upline by at least one to work the rod. With the 'one-up' you can really lay out a long head line.
To answer your question:
GL3, 8/9, 14 is a medium to slow taper rod. It will handle a long belly line just fine. With all slower action rods "you" must slow your timing down and try not to overpower the rod. When using tip's make sure you roll them up to the surface (when on the dangle) before you start your next cast.
It's very hard to answer questions such as this, without knowing what your looking for, or the type of fishing you do, or how much casting experience you've had.
My spey casting is limited. The best advice I can give you is to try the rod, before laying down the bucks. If your looking for a faster action rod try the GLX.
I'll have better advice in a couple of weeks, Dana, Josef Teschl ( two excellent spey casters) and myself ( not so excellent) are going to play with all six (Three GL3's, and three GLX's) of these rods. I'm sure Dana will be doing a rod report on them.
It's interesting you should ask this question, on friday Chris Seipio
Called, Chris is the G.Loomis rep for western Canada, he and Steve Rajeff just spent the best part of a week in northern B.C. test casting the rod's you mentioned. My understanding is they will be out in the fall or early next year. Chris is a great friend and without a doubt one of the best fly casters I've had the pleasure of casting with. He was blown away by these rods, he said they come in GL3's and GLX's. He got into details about the rods, but when he mentioned that I'll have to wait till they come out to cast them, I changed the subject and asked about the fishing.
As for what Dana, Josef and I will be playing with ( GL3 8/9,9/10,10/11. and GLX 8/9, 9/10 10/11) I have Airflo lines for all, as well, we are going to set up the GLX 8/9 as an underhand rod (shooting heads etc.)
The thing is that I have been waiting all the week, because my retailer told me to call on monday to hear if the 8/9 was in the shipment from the U.S.
The strange is that the companies who handles G-Loomis in Sweden and Norway has the mentioned rods on their webpages.
I checked out the site, and yes your right, they are listed. Beats me! Maybe their going to be available oversea's before their out here in North America. Chris said they would not be out till the fall ( he might of meant the full line GLX's as well as GL3's), but I'll check it out with Steve. Like you, if I can get my hands on one, I'll be fishing it for Steelhead in Sept. I'm most interested in the 7/8 GLX, our rivers here in the east are not all that big, so the lighter rod will be the ticket. Have you spent any time with the
GLX 8/9 13", or the 8/9 11'/6". I have both these rods, I have a shooting head set up on the 11'/6'' I use it for overhead casting, and it casts a mile! I'm waiting for Dana, as mentioned earlier, so we can play with the 8/9, Dana has a head set up that we're going to try on this rod.
In a swedish forum I read that Steve Rajeff tried out a Salar 12´6
and enjoyed it so very much that it ended up with the new line of Loomis rods. Do not know if this is true.
But I can tell you that I am very nervous about tomorrow when I am going to get the news if the 12´6 makes the Atlantic or not.
Have tried out the 13´. mmmmmmmmmm
But I like the 12´6 lengths better(mental thing). I mostly fishes with a Salar 12´6 with a Guideline Powertaper shoooting head
You can see it here: www.guidelineflyfish. com
Under Fluglinor/tafsar (to the left). Guideline. And the you can see the line profile to the left
Very popular amongst Scandinavians.
The best of the best!
Thanks ever so much for the interesting information. I'm interested in the different lines on that web site. Do you know where I might get this info in English? I'm totaly unframiliar with the Scandinavian, shooting head systems, but I'm sure they will work on the rivers here in Eastern Canada. I've sent Steve an e-mail, but he's out till May 24. I phoned Lorne Green ( the owner of G.Loomis Canada) he said, he wasn't sure when the rods would be on the market, I also called Chris, he said that we won't see them (Canada) till the fall, or next spring. That's ok , it will give me time to work with my GLX 8/9 13'.
You mentioned, you use the powertaper shooting head, could you tell me more about your set up (weight systems, floating line etc.). What kind of running line do you use? Also in the underhand style of casting, how many different casts are there? Please excuse my lack of knowlege.
Just checked in. Will end my night shift right now. Will come back in a week trying to answer your questions.
About Guideline you can try to e-mail them about the english version. Think they got a paper-print.
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