Due to the flooding they had over the weekend, they've moved all the test reels so I've been advised I'm better off bringing my own reels in.
Initial feedback from wiggling in the shop though, they all feel slightly stiffer than the oracle 1 range. The gram windows on them have all seemed to gone up by 2 grams as well which would agree with that evaluation. The blanks are quite a silver grey with a black reel seat identical to the originals bar the colour and with similar cork. The rating for the Oracle 2 14' Spey for shooting heads is 36-40g, whilst the Oracle 1 was 34-38g.
Okay, had a cast with the Scandi 13'9" today. Line was a RIO intouch scandi outbound 34 g, reel Maxcatch Avid 9/10.
Firstly, the line ratings are exactly the same between Oracle 1 and Oracle 2, apologies for the confusion and I have cross referenced with my own rods to confirm (past and present). I am still convinced the Spey rods are a touch stiffer than I remember though, at least maybe a bit more tippy?
Secondly, the casting. A disclaimer to begin with, the casting pool at EAC is designed for single handers, so I was limited to jump rolls/roll casts with very tight space, making it a touch annoying to try and consistently land the anchor in about 10ft of water next to me, whilst standing as close to the fencing as I could to maximise space available.
Honestly, the Scandi feels very similar to the original, I don't want to make any assumptions about whether this is just a refinish of the original without actually fishing a day with them. Whether its just my mind playing tricks, I do want to say that the Oracle 2 Scandi did feel more responsive than what I remember of my last day out with the the Oracle 1 (it's the missus' rod, so I never get to actually fish with it...)
The finish does look a bit more glamorous with the matt metallic silver and if anyone is considering getting the Oracle 2 EXP Salmon rods they look stunning with a deep matt blue finish (not the EXP Scandi though that is just silver).
Overall opinion, if there are any changes, they're minute. The rod still casts like a dream and all for the RRP with no hope of a discount back to the previous price point for at least a while...
I was in need of a short Scandi rod for the odd smaller rivers so went into Edinburgh.A.C today to look at the 12.9 Scandi, to cut a long story short I walked out with a 12 ft Oracle 2 Spey 8wt model ,it felt more like a Scandi than the Scandi 12.9 did ,its a good looking rod with the new paint job ,the quality of the cork was also good , I'll dig out some lines tomorrow and give it a thrash ,