I'm considering the new LPXe 13 foot in 8/9 and looking for feedback on the rods, opinions actually. Must be the lockdown got to me :shocked:
Would like to hear from users please.
Guideline do make a nice blank, assuming you like a faster/tippier style action. Great with short heads/shooting heads. It all depends what you want the rod to do? In terms of finish, build quality and components, then Guideline are pretty much middle of the road with the Lpxe - cork is ‘average’, SIC guides etc. For the price of importing one to the States would you not be cheaper(arguably better?) buying a home grown Sage, Scott or Loomis?? Dont get me wrong, on this side of the pond, id happily fish a Guideline blank all day....great middle of the road price bracket, but on your side of the water id be buying a Sage or a Scott if the price is the same.
Ard, I've a boatload of rods from various manufactures. I've 3 differing Guideline models, amongst those 4 different LPXe's including the V2 4piece 13fter.
I have to say it's an absolute peach of a rod!.Lets be honest, right from the off its not a rod for Skagits and heavy tips or long heavy bellied Spey lines.But for what you on t'other side of the pond like to refer to as Scandi Heads it's about as good as it gets!.It will handle short/med headed full lines too, but its forte is always shooting heads, that's what it was designed for.Mine handles heads from Floating, Multi tip, through to sinking in single/double/triple density variations.
Its my favourite rod! amongst a considerable collection.
You will no doubt have heard of the reputation of these rods breaking?, well to an extent it was true, but bear in mind before the early versions of these rods were on the market, most of the rods would have had far more carbon in them and been far stronger because of the way we had to fish them, long heavy sinkers, heavy tubes etc etc and they needed a physical technique to get the best from them!.That technique didn't transcend well and to be honest wasn't needed, sadly some were slow to realise/accept that!.
Any way, I haven't broken a Guideline in honest use(my own negligence maybe!,doh!) but I have done 3 B+W's whilst casting!.
So, moving onward!, if you want rod for purely Shooting heads, its as good as it gets! and is capable of so much.Were you over here like you intended, you could have had the use of mine with pleasure! and still can if you re-arrange! your visit!.Honestly, its one of those rods that always feels better than you are, there's always a bit left in reserve.Mine gets used with Guideline heads(naturally, they compliment each other perfectly!) and Scandinavian Flylines heads too, handy with a 540 Rage or 510 scandi compact too, it carries a Mk2 Hardy Angel 9/10, and is a nice well balanced outfit.Mines had fish to just short of 20lb so far, never a problem.
Its a bit of a clue that I like them honestly when i've the 15ft, 16ft and 17ft too!.
Any way, hope that helps, any more words of wisdom, feel free happy to oblige any time.
Hang in there dude!,Pedro.
Testing Canada proved to be the right approach, I just got off the phone with my brand new friend at Guideline Quebec and am all set
He'll be viewing the SFF as well as my own video so he gets a look at my mug. I already apologized for not shaving and presenting myself better on film but I'm just a fella not a celebrity so on any given day I may look as if I stepped from the band box or just returned from a 3 day binge, all bets are off.
I had planned to make a good impression on you fellows over there had the trip transformed as planned but now you'll get the 'one year older Ard' if I can put it together for next season, I'd bet on that I think.
Thanks to all of you,
Soon I'll be going for my early 70's look unless I get brave and take the clippers to it
My next 'style' is the sheep look, long and shaggy. The ewes will love it when I get back out to see them...I can hear their mournful bleating from miles away..........! They must be missing their spring shearing, never mind, all the more hair for me to get a hold of, save's them running away. :thumb:
Id always buy from john norris even if they arent the cheapest with the rod.Guideline LPXe Double Handed Fly Rods | John Norris
£391.99 = Euro 447.23 = USD 482.915 NOT SURE ABOUT SHIPPING COSTS.