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flyvirgin

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Ive already had very good sound advice from another forum member, but Im now throwing this into an open debate!!:D:D

Im thinking about buying a 12' 8 weight for next year. I have a shortlist of 4 which the other member has seen and Im leaning towards 2 of the rods from the list.

The rod will be a summer rod for use when smaller flies and a lighter tippet is required and Im in no hurry to buy. Im actually looking at Feb to purchase the rod to give me time to get it right. At present I have very limited experiance to double handers at present I own a 14' AWM which I love and i am trying to get as close as I can to this rod. It will be team to a short shooting head type line.

I know we all have different views and likes to what we call perfect but all input is gratefully recieved.
 

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Ive already had very good sound advice from another forum member, but Im now throwing this into an open debate!!:D:D

Im thinking about buying a 12' 8 weight for next year. I have a shortlist of 4 which the other member has seen and Im leaning towards 2 of the rods from the list.

The rod will be a summer rod for use when smaller flies and a lighter tippet is required and Im in no hurry to buy. Im actually looking at Feb to purchase the rod to give me time to get it right. At present I have very limited experiance to double handers at present I own a 14' AWM which I love and i am trying to get as close as I can to this rod. It will be team to a short shooting head type line.

I know we all have different views and likes to what we call perfect but all input is gratefully recieved.
an idea of your budget would help
 

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No idea!!:D:D

If your username is still valid then the whole idea of spending hundreds of pounds on kit would seem mental to me....

Get yourself a good priced well balanced outfit and spend the change on some nice fishing next spring, don't even think about spending £300 on rods until you have a few fish under your belt. IMHO!! ;)
 

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Having missed the boat re the AWM's and thought I'd never get my hands on one, I actually managed to obtain two, both virtually brand new - the 14ft 9/10 and the 13ft 8/9. I got the lighter rod for my son but will now borrow it back whenever I get the chance, much lighter and delicate that the 14ft. I put a Snowbee 2D 8/9 with it and it just flies out, much prefer it for average water conditions.

So, if it aint broke don't fix it, you love your AWM 14ft so drop a size and try to get your hands on the smaller, lighter AWM. Appreciate you really want a 12 footer but I found the difference in these two rod quite substantial. They are shooting head rods so meet another of your requirements - just a thought.

BC
like you I bought both sizes of the awm on the advice of rennie one of the forum members and also like you I tend to prefer the smaller 13 foot. Both are fantastic rods for the money. Thanks to rennie I finished up with two great rods for not too much money ,add a decent line and you have great casting outfit. I bought the awm shooting head system for mine and it flies out.also bought a cheap shakespeare odessy 8/9 for £15.00 from ebay for casting practice and that also goes out great
 

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also bought a cheap shakespeare odessy 8/9 for £15.00 from ebay for casting practice and that also goes out great

As a matter of interest Smokie, why not do your casting practice on the rod you will be fishing with? Seems a bit strange practicing on anything else.

It's like practicing guitar playing or rally driving on a totally different piece of equipment to the one you're actually practicing to use.
 

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Having missed the boat re the AWM's and thought I'd never get my hands on one, I actually managed to obtain two, both virtually brand new - the 14ft 9/10 and the 13ft 8/9. I got the lighter rod for my son but will now borrow it back whenever I get the chance, much lighter and delicate that the 14ft. I put a Snowbee 2D 8/9 with it and it just flies out, much prefer it for average water conditions.

So, if it aint broke don't fix it, you love your AWM 14ft so drop a size and try to get your hands on the smaller, lighter AWM. Appreciate you really want a 12 footer but I found the difference in these two rods quite substantial. They are shooting head rods and so meet another of your requirements - just a thought.

BC


BC very interesting! That train of thought didnt even enter my nut:eek::cool:
 

flyvirgin

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If your username is still valid then the whole idea of spending hundreds of pounds on kit would seem mental to me....

Get yourself a good priced well balanced outfit and spend the change on some nice fishing next spring, don't even think about spending £300 on rods until you have a few fish under your belt. IMHO!! ;)

My name needs changed;);) It doesnt matter if the rod is a £100 or £300 as long as I get the choice correct, thats why Ive flung it out to a open debate.
 
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No question about it: TCX 12' 6", #7.

It's actually more an 8 or 9#, and it's simply amazing. By far and away the single greatest rod I own for so many reasons.
 
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