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Hello,
I'm looking for some help. Heres the situation:
I've been offered a used 10150-4 in great shape at a good price. I've also just located a 9150-4 (green) blank at an awesome price. I enjoy building my own rods. I've only been able to briefly cast these two rods and like both of them. I'm looking for a big rod for the Thompson and winter fishing on the Island's bigger rivers. So which rod do you prefer? Is one better? All this doesn't take into consideration all the begging that will be necessary to convince the wife..... I hope she's in the Xmass spirit! Thanks

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Dan,

I deleted the duplicate post and also your apology on it. No problem, it happens from time to time.

Regarding your question, both rods have their good points. I owned the 10150-4 a few years back but never liked the feel of it. I prefer a faster actioned rod and it just didn't fit the bill.

The 9150 I have cast a fair amount and even though it is a little soft for my liking, it is a nice rod and at least to my set of criteria, is more enjoyable to cast than the 10150-4.

All that being said, I would try and cast both of them to see which you like better.

Good luck on the wife negotiations.

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I have both - the 10150-4 is my chinook rod, it is total overkill on steelies and is tiring to cast all day. The 9150-4 is my heaviest steelhead rod and is manageable to cast all day - I have taken chinook on the rod but feel it is better suited as a heavy winter steelie rod, it will throw tips to 100' and a dry line past this with practice. My vote would be for the 9150-4.
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1015-4

is a rod I own and have fished a lot on the Clearwater and Snake. It is a bigger water rod and does well with the 10/11 midspey for floating or tips. I do not use it much now, because I have other toys that I prefer. but, it would still do well in the distance and sinktip arena.

I do not find it difficult to fish it all day, unless I have not been casting for months and then try to go a full day. I do not make that mistake anymore. I do not find it difficult to fish the Thompson Specialist all day.

The best way is for you to test cast them and then decide which works best for you.
 

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Stampsteelie
I have both - the 10150-4 is my chinook rod, it is total overkill on steelies and is tiring to cast all day. The 9150-4 is my heaviest steelhead rod and is manageable to cast all day - I have taken chinook on the rod but feel it is better suited as a heavy winter steelie rod, it will throw tips to 100' and a dry line past this with practice. My vote would be for the 9150-4.
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Well said SD, exactly my useage of both rods. Only 'odd off' would be chucking RIO's 26' deep sinkers with the 10-15... which isn't often.
 

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9150 it is!

Thank you all for your help. I have had the chance to cast both rods. I like them both. I spent a full day with the 10150 on the Thompson this fall and really liked it but the 9150 is beautiful too. In the end I decided that I really wanted the chance to do some rod building. I was also worried about the 10150 being alittle overkill. The wife negotiations were rough to say the least but after changing all the light fixtures in the house she let me get the rod. Again thanks for the help and I really can't wait to break the new rod in!

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stamp-steelie

building rods is fun stuff, but for me without a lathe, I can't do the grip properly. For my speys, I've been having others do the cork work to my specifications - professional quality - saving the wrap grunt work for my own time. This has been working out well.

just a thought.
 
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