I spoke with Bruce Richards at SA about an hour ago. He told me the new lines will be called XLT Spey and that the 8-9-10 wts are being final tested and production should start by the end of next week. No packaging yet, but we joked that "plain brown wrappers" would be fine as long as we can get the lines:>)
Bruce has promised to call when they can actually be ordered by your local fly shops. I'll post that information as soon as I get it.
The new SA lines do not have the power hinge and have a longer head - I believe they may vary some from 95' to over 100' depending on line weight. They have a long front taper - not exactly sure of actual length but at the Rogue Spey Clinic, Way mentioned that the cut point for heads or tips was at around 25'
Jim brings up a good point. The line wts. are based on the total head wt. not the first 30 ft. as these lines are not made to shoot but to cast the whole head once outside the rod according to Bruce Richards. He also said they SA are not quite sure how they will be labeled due to differences in various brands and models of rods they may be used on. Bruce mentioned one idea they were thinking about was to provide a chart with the popular spey rods and a compliementary SA XLT line suited for that particular rod.
Has SA released a data sheet on this new line? It seems like a lot of excitement but I'm not quite sure I know what to expect. I'm currently using a Mastery Spey line (WF-8/9-F). Its 120 feet long, has a 50 foot belly and a 20 foot front taper. How does the new line differ?
I've been using spey rods, and related lines, for a long time. The new SA's we used at the Charity Clinic are a true step up from what's on the market. RIO, et. al., will have to go back to the drawing board after these hit the market.
At this point your local SA Mastery dealer can order (backorder) the new XLT Spey lines. They should start shipping in about 2 weeks. The lines will be officially introduced and put in the printed catalog in Sept. according to Bruce Richards.
Take my word for it. When these things become available they will be heads and shoulders above anything else out there. Buy todays version, and if they make it better later on, buy it again. They are that good. The only question is, are you really up to picking up 80+ feet of line?
a 'simi-official' list of what line wt's and line lengths will be available? Perhaps, should also add, if they're all not going to be available at the same time a 'simi-schedule'
of what will be marketed when? (Now, how's that for a run on sentance:hehe: )
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