My favourite rod of all time, its a wolf in sheep's clothing, brilliant with 39 gram to 42 gram shooting heads.
Will handle a 550 grain skagit with tapered 15 foot spey tips 9 to 11 grams.
Amazing with a next cast zone 500 grain and Gaelforce 15 foot tips. It's light powerful, but needs a heavier line it's closer to a 9/10 in power rating imho.
It will leave you questioning if you ever. Need a longer rod it's that good
It looks to me as if light weight has been taken too far in the design of modern rod blanks. Especially for serious work on major rivers.I'd wait awhile before buying anything with the word 'graphene' in the marketing.
“CTS investigated graphene as an additive to our resin system some years ago. We found no evidence that adding graphene nanopowder to the epoxy resin improved any of the characteristics we were looking for in a material for fishing rods.
Conversely, we found evidence that adding more than 10% nanopowder to the epoxy matrix, increases its brittleness. In a fishing rod we rely on toughened epoxy resin systems to distribute impact shocks, protect the laminate and support the fiber in compression.
We concluded that adding a bit of graphene to our resins might be good for the marketing department and our ability to sell a higher priced product, but marginally detrimental to performance.” CTS Fishing
It'll come, but I wouldn't buy a Mark 1.
Have you cast the same “non graphene” rod?I had a throw of the 14ft 9/10 last weekend, lovely rod but felt just like a Bruce and Walker. Even the handle was similar to B&W
For me it's the way they match perfectly with the Gaelforce lines, which are possibly the best on the market, and the 6 piece for easy storage. The finish on them is sublime also.Ive never tried a galeforce rod. Not sure I've ever seen one tbh.
What makes them so deliciously yummy guys?
Im not a tackle tart you understand. But, well, it is my birthday soon, I do have a 20% off voucher for a tackle shop and I did win the premium bond this month (sure, only £75 but a wins a win right?)
May favorite rod is a hardy Zenith, any similarities to that? (as far as you can ever compare rods).
Anything like the old B&W Norway?For me it's the way they match perfectly with the Gaelforce lines, which are possibly the best on the market, and the 6 piece for easy storage. The finish on them is sublime also.
I also like Bruce and Walker rods and they are not too dissimilar in performance, where they cast Spey lines, heads and skagits really well.
Have you cast the same “non graphene” rod?
I have never cast a Gaelforce rod or a B&W one, I have cast a few Michael Evans Arrowhead rods which I have been told are similar in action to the B&W ones, albeit, older models.
Fad or not, you are not likely to see another angler with one before May.just another fad , for some to have the latest Graphene rods, like having a new car
I have heard of quite a few breakages on graphene rods but not Gaelforce rods ? as I have yet to see an angler fishing with one ?
Agree - but as a general rule I think most tackle-makers make sure, that their rods match their own lines ....etc. Brand A's 14' 9/10 will work perfectly with Brand A's line i 9/10 and visa versa.....I also think that the plus of the gaelforce rods is the perfect match with its lines; a bit like the zpey and its lines at the time.