I love it. It is not a super heavy tip throwing rod but for floaters or up to a 15' type VI Rio tip it is just a pleasure to cast. I like it with an 8/9 Midspey on it. I recently spent a few days casting a buddies 9/10 Long Delta and this is a nice combination as well.
This is one of my two favorite large line rods. The other would be the CND Salar Specialist. Both are joys to cast and to fish with.
I bought one in December. I had, and am still using, a Sage 9141. The T&T is a bit faster. It's a very nice rod to cast. I love it.
I've seen some reports that it doesn't throw tips real well. So far I haven't had any problems with a windcutter and any of the 15' tips. I've also thrown 200 and 300 gr. Rio Big Boys with it. I still prefer the Sage with tips though.
With a floating line, I like the T&T better. I have tried a couple of different lines, but have chosen an XLT 8/9 with it. The T&T is crisp and clean with the XLT. With my spiral rolls or single type speys, it's much easier to shoot the whole line with the T&T than with the Sage. Maybe the extra foot of length makes the difference. In any case, it's a really nice casting rod.
I have the three piece rather than the five piece. If space is a consideration, you might consider the five piece. I'm not sure what difference it makes with respect to how it would cast. There are a couple of other people on the board that are more experienced with the T&Ts than I am.
In any case, as for me, I really do like this rod.
Ah yes the 1509!! My favorite rod. I have been using the midspey and the XLT lines with this rod. The midspey I use when throwing my type 8 tip with heavy files. Works great!!! I don't have any problems pulling tips out of the water.
I have both the 7/8 and 8/9 XLT lines. I prefer the 7/8 with this rod. The 7/8 loads this rod really nice and is a pleasure to cast. The 8/9 just seems a bit heavy on this rod to me.
I made a line for this rod, for cheap, because for my preferences the Midspey 8/9 was a bit short and light for certain casts.
Orvis Wonderline Salmon / Steelhead WF12F ($10 on eBay)
Cut off the front taper at diameter equal to 10 wt line
Loop on 11' of level 10 wt floater
Loop on 15' sink tips
Total line is about 80' long, with a long rear taper like the XLT. Strip some of the rear taper into the guides to avoid shocking the rod tip during the cast, and for pointy loops. Having slightly thicker line at the rod tip top also provides better casting feel (for me) than trying to direct a long cast with skinny running line.
I use this rod / line with sink tips only. You can also replace the level section of 10 wt floater with an intermediate to make a compensator ala RIO.
This is the only T&T 2-hander that I don't like; however, keep in mind that I like fast recovering, stiff, and more powerful rods like my GLX 13' 8/9, T&T 1510-3, or T&T 1611 rods. I find the 1509 is the slowest of the T&T 2-hand rods, it is a medium-stiff, fast recovering rod with a fairly powerful butt. The reason I don't like it is the mid-section bends immediately right into the butt when I cast it with the short, powerful, two hand power application stroke I prefer and that messes up my timing.
If a person likes medium-stiff, fast recovering, somewhat powerful rods, he will probable love this one. Also, if a person has felt that T&T 2-handers were a bit too stiff and fast for his taste, the 1509 due to being less stiff, would be a rod he will most likely really like.
I owned this rod for about a month and half, Its action works great for me. I have been spey casting just about 1 year. With my limited experience I have aquired 4 rods, St Croix 13/78,CND Custom 14/9 CND Expert 13/6/7, The 15ft 9wt T&T is a pleasure to cast. My T&T allows me to send 80ft with ease. I am using a 9 wt Grandspey,and recently casting T14 with it. This rods and lines are working for me. Great rod, stands right with my CND's.
I have this rod and been playing with the GS 7/8 and XLT 8/9, both in floating versions only. I want to try the XLT 7/8 on it next as I think the 8/9 weighs a little heavy when throwing the whole head. I am liking it alot for floating line use but can't comment yet for use with tips.
Are you using the 8/9 GrandSpey or the 9/10? I have yet to cast either on mine but would have guessed that both would be a bit heavy. The 7/8 Grandspey is a nice line for the rod although for my taste it is a bit heavy once you get close to the entire belly out.
My line of choice on the rod is by far the 10/11 Jetstream. Casting this combination is so much fun it should be illegal
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