Anybody who has tried both the B&W Parabolic Lite 13´and the B&W Powerlite 13´? I´ve been told that the Powerlite is a bit faster and stiffer. Looking for a 13 footer that can handle speylines as well as short and heavy shooting heads...
Haven't tried these, but just had my first outing with my Ron Thompson 13ft Innovation Pro, rated 9-10. Matched it with a Loop Quattro tip 10/11 and it's perfect. Infact I'd go as far to say that you would be hard pushed to find a better set-up.
This rod cost me 60 UK pounds and would match anything 5 times it's price. Best 60 quid I've spent in a longtime.
It's a powerful, fast action rod that is well built and well finished. I was seriously impressed.
I actually compared it against my friends 13ft T&T, as we both use the 15fters, and IMO and for my fishing preference, it's better.
There ye go. Don't always have to spend a fortune to get something good.
That´s very true, Storlaks. My 14 footer is a Swedish budget brand called Broman and it´s very good with long bellies, but not fast/stiff enough for shooting heads.
However, I´m in *love* with my 15´B&W, their customer service is fantastic and furthermore it´s kinda cool to use a rod that hardly nobody even knows about in Loop/Loomis country (ie Sweden!).
The Parabolic is a bit pricey but it´s possible to make good deals on the 13´Powerlite... The Powerlite seems to be a bit stiffer and faster than the Parabolic. I´m leaning towards the Powerlite, I think BUT I´d love some input from anglers who actually have tried them... wonder if there are anybody with that experience on the forum??
The Powerlite is definately stiffer. The Parabolic is a through action rod. Depends on your preference really, but for shooting heads I would be inclined to go for the Powerlite. Price v Performance is good value.
Maybe B&W wanted to compete with American and Scandinavian fast/stiffish rods when they put out the Powerlite. From what I´ve heard the Powerlite combine a relatively fast and stiff blank with the lifting power and smoothness of the more typical B&W rods. I´ve never actually casted a Powerlite, just been swinging the 15´10 at the dealer. Felt goooood, though
Andy: Yeah, the folks at B&W are very friendly and helpful. But it´s always useful to get info from people who´ve just these rods. Unfortunately not many people on the forum are into B&W:s...
I heard from the Swedish B&W dealer that a customer bought the 13´Parabolic AND the 15´Parabolic right away after test casting. Furthermore, he ordered the 16´as well... I guess the hype about these rods is true!
You are absolutely right, the hype is true. However, both Powerlite and Parabolic are excellent rods. Your choice should be based on line- and castingstyle-preferences. Powerlite is somewhat faster and clearly stiffer. Parabolic is truely parabolic in action and can handle any line, short or long, float or sink. Lineweight-indication for Parabolic 13 is on the low side, 8-10 would do fine! The Parabolic need slightly more time to load properly, but releases faster then what you would expect. My preference? I guess it shines through my reply that I prefer Parabolic, but again, both are excellent rods.
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