I am from scotland and have spoken to several gillies all of whom suggest that if I am to buy a spey rod, then the Bruce and Walker Norway Speycaster 15' #10-11 is the only rod you will need. Dont buy anything more expensive unless you really want to.
I have just purchased a B&W Kola 15'3" rod from Aaron at the Spey Shop in Carnation, WA. The rod has two tips - a 9/10 and an 11. The 9/10 handles a 8/9 XLT with ease. I have not fished sink tips with the 11. I took it to the river a number if times and cast it during the numerous spey claves. Anyone on this side of the pond who is interested in B&W rods should contact Aaron at the the Spey Shop. He is one of the sponsors of this site.
I have been using the B+W Norway #10/11 for a few months now and have tried it out with various lines.
Overall, my impression is that it is a very powerful rod, strong in the butt with a through middle to tip action which provides a nice, fast post-cast recovery. It is very easy to over-power and is I find it is better to slow down and caress it into action.
I use it mainly with a #10/11 Mid-Spey with tips and have already had a coupe of nice sea-trout on big tubes + fastest sinking tip. The heavier grain 65' Mid-Spey, especially with heavy tips, appears to suit the rod well and 100 ft casts are quite facile with this combination.
B+W say the weight of the rod varies as they are hand made and finished but is of the order of 10 1/2 oz (I think its is a wee bit heavier than this).
All the casts I have tried , single, double, snake, snap work well - especially with wth much under-rated Wulff Spey #11 full floater.
I tried one of Aaron's 15-foot 9/10 Norway Spaycasters in January. I was favorably impressed with its user-friendly medium action (I was using my custom-spliced 9/10 long belly line). If the 10/11 version is just a bit more powerful, it should be an excellent all-around rod for big flies and big water -- that is, if you prefer long belly or double taper lines.
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