New graphene Gaelforce rods

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Following on from Ard , is anyone familiar with the Destination 13’9" 7/8 ?
 

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Sorry, I have the 8/9. If you look on the Gaelforce website you will see there are no reviews of the 7/8 but several of the 8/9. As I recall this is because the 7/8 was a late addition to the collection and there are just more 8/9s out there.
 

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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

Yes, JP a really wonderful rod though I use Nextcast Zone 550 grain on it plus a tip and it's a joy ...
 

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Regarding the 13'9" 7/8, I can't do a proper review as I personally haven't cast the rod. However, my friend used his on a salmon trip and from watching him cast I can say it certainly looks like that rod is as fine as any other Destination. I have the 8/9 in that length and found it excellent.
 

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According to a post on Spey Pages this is the Graphene G+ range:

Destination + (6-piece)
15'1" 10/11
14'6" 9/10
13'9" 8/9
12'9" 8/9
12'9" 7/8
11'3" 7/8 Switch

Equaliser + (4-piece)
15' 10
14'6" 9/10
14' 9/10
13'6" 9
13' 8/9
11'3" 7/8 Switch.

I've been eyeing up a 14'6" 9/10 for a wee while and had some sound advice on here that the Destination was the one to go for as it had a bit more power than the Equaliser. Will be interesting to hear how that difference carries through to the G+ and how they relate to the regular range when people get to try them out.
 

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If you go to the Gaelforce website and type Graphene into the search bar, you get the models and prices up.

I’m looking forward to some reviews as I’ve got a serious itchy trigger finger wanting to buy one.
 

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I see the Gaelforce website has had a refresh along with the new G+ rods (coming soon)

When is the question???
 

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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
 

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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

https://ctsfishing.com/spotlight-on-materials-the-lowdown-on-graphene/

It'll come, but I wouldn't buy a Mark 1.
 

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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

https://ctsfishing.com/spotlight-on-materials-the-lowdown-on-graphene/

It'll come, but I wouldn't buy a Mark 1.
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.

As I can still manage older designs I’ll stay with thick-wall spigoted joints which have never let me down. Even lifetime guarantees would not persuade me to pay more than £300 for a salmon fly rod. AG
 

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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).
 

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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
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.
 

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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).
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.

Cheers Diarmid.
 

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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.

Cheers Diarmid.
Anything like the old B&W Norway?
 

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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.

Sorry I should of said it was the current one not the new one. Still nice, not sure how this graphene will fair out, could be another fad
 

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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.
 

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:eek: 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 ?
Fad or not, you are not likely to see another angler with one before May.
Not even in the country yet. :)
Plenty of forward orders to service though.(y)
 

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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.
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.....
But we like to combine things..and then we have to find the right match between different manufacturer/companies...so when choosing a line from Company B - we might need a 8/9, 10/11 or even 11/12 to match the rods from A.
But as years go by - experience helps a lot and we get to know each companies rods and lines - so we easily can combine and make a (perfect) match.
 

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I’m one of the lucky few to have a Gaelforce Graphene rod.
I’ve a few of the original Destination series and really enjoy using them, lovely casting action and plenty of backbone to bring a fish to the net.
As to what you would compare them to, they are like Gaelforce as Hardy are like Hardy and Loop well they’re like Loop. You could find similarities across all brands.
All good but different depending on what you like and how deep your pockets are.
The new rods imo do have that little bit extra. I picked up the 14’6” 9/10 Graphene and find it a pleasure to use. From firing out an 83’ speyline on it to my perfect match the #10 hover line it handles them beautifully and with ease. The lines do match the rods perfectly as other manufacturers lines do theirs, but the one thing I have noticed this last few years is the amount of Gaelforce lines being matched to other manufacturers rods as the anglers preferred setup.
They are expensive as most top brands are these days but if you can justify it give them a go I don’t think they’ll disappoint.

Better mention I’m not connected with Gaelforce, I just enjoy using the gear.


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