TFS 12'9" 9/10 review

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Ive had a test drive of Gordons 12'9" for the last couple of weeks.
To be fair im not the best caster, but get bye.
I did tell Gordon im more of a catcher than caster.
Im glad he did, as i normally dont really start fishing till April and the test cast forced me in to having a cast in March.
Normally i use a 13 daiwa signature in the spring and a Shaky switch in the summer.
With a 15 daiwa whisker on the rare occasion when im on a big river.
Nearly all my fishing is on the North Esk, South Esk and the West water where theres no need for a rod bigger than 13'.

First impressions of the rod was simply that it was beautiful.
A work of art.
The cork handle had a dark rubberised end and a nice patterned handle.
With a quality Alps reel seat.
The rod itself was a sparkly blue with blue and purple whippings.
The pictures dont do it justice.
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It came in 5 pieces.
An excellent size for travel.

I booked myself on the Northie on the Saturday and got ready to try it.
I paired it up with a system2 12/13 reel and a sinking Mackenzie G2 42gram shooting head.
They balanced well.
I hate casting sink lines, but water height and temperature meant that would my best bet.

When i got to the beat, the water looked spot on.
A good height and a lovely tinge.

I tied on a Fish Tank Shrimp that DrP had sent me recently to try out.
It was a bit small for my liking in March.
But when i dipped it in the sunlight water, it positively glowed and screamed fish.

The first pool i went to was a small pool with no need for a big cast.
I knew there would be fish at the tail.
I flicked out the line and lengthed till i was over the tail.

The rod felt good.

First cast over the tail i had a knock.
Fairly sure it was a fish, but it couldnt be this easy in March.
5 minutes later i had an on off just upstream.
It could be this easy.
10 minutes later i had a fish on.
7lb bar of silver.
The rod fairly bent in to the fish, and had it subdued in a few minutes.
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Even if the rod had been crap, i was in love with it now, but still hadnt really cast it.
Fished the next pool which was better for casting and enjoyed the rod.
It was a bit of an enigma, as it felt quite soft like my shaky, but had a fair bit of power as well..
Nothing in the pool so went to try the Kit bog.
A rubbish pool in my opinion, but great for banging out a decent line ( by my standards)
Anyway, after 15 minutes of getting used to the rod, i was casting right to tail.
Probably 6 to 10 feet more than i normally can and was covering a lie ive always wanted to reach.
But no joy.

Went home for lunch and decided to go to my usual beat on the Southie as the water was great and better pools for casting.
I changed to a DrP ghillie as the water was a bit bigger on the Southie.
Again, it looked stunning in the water.

Fished a couple of pools before i got to my favourite, red braes.

By now i was used to the rod and was really enjoying casting.

I fished all the way to the tail and was putting out as much line as i could when i had a violent take.
But just on and off.

Went back to the top of the pool and 2nd cast BANG.
Fish on and it took off.
Jumped at the far side and was a biggie.

Well thats a good test for the rod.
15 minutes later i got the fish to the side.
18 to 20lb bar of silver!
The rod had a full bend playing it but handled it well.
Was buzzing and went home.
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By now i was loving the rod.

Went down to the Southie for a quick cast on Monday night.
Same set up and 2nd pool hooked an 8lb fat beast of a fish.
This fish was in very fast water and really put the rod to the test.
It did feel a bit soft in this scenario but when i put more pressure on the rod, it coped fine.

When i landed this fish, it was still full of beans.
I planned to take some nice pictures with the rod.
But being a duckwit, i dropped my phone in the water.
It still seemed to be working, but when i looked at all the pictures i thought i had taken, there was only 2 bad ones where the fish was wriggling.
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I popped down today and thought id try another line.
I used a floating 550 grain Rio Inteegrated Skagit.
I thought this might be a bit light.
But it was excellent.
It nice to cast a none sinking line again.
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I think the best description i can give of the rod, was that when Gordon told me today he was going to pick it up.
I was a little bit sad that i wouldnt have it any more.

For a mediocre caster like me, the rod was very forgiving.
And when it comes to subduing absolute quality springers it was excellent.

It gets a 9 out of 10 from me.

Cheers Gordon.

Looking forward to test driving a spinner.
 
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Looking forward to test driving a spinner. ? Test Drowning a spinner, more like ?

Great report , on the rod , great handle , but not keen on the hand written 12 ft 9 # 9/10
 

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Ive had a test drive of Gordons 12'9" for the last couple of weeks.
To be fair im not the best caster, but get bye.
I did tell Gordon im more of a catcher than caster.
Im glad he did, as i normally dont really start fishing till April and the test cast forced me in to having a cast in March.
Normally i use a 13 daiwa signature in the spring and a Shaky switch in the summer.
With a 15 daiwa whisker on the rare occasion when im on a big river.
Nearly all my fishing is on the North Esk, South Esk and the West water where theres no need for a rod bigger than 13'.

First impressions of the rod was simply that it was beautiful.
A work of art.
The cork handle had a dark rubberised end and a nice patterned handle.
With a quality Alps reel seat.
The rod itself was a sparkly blue with blue and purple whippings.
The pictures dont do it justice.
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It came in 5 pieces.
An excellent size for travel.

I booked myself on the Northie on the Saturday and got ready to try it.
I paired it up with a system2 12/13 reel and a sinking Mackenzie G2 42gram shooting head.
They balanced well.
I hate casting sink lines, but water height and temperature meant that would my best bet.

When i got to the beat, the water looked spot on.
A good height and a lovely tinge.

I tied on a Fish Tank Shrimp that DrP had sent me recently to try out.
It was a bit small for my liking in March.
But when i dipped it in the sunlight water, it positively glowed and screamed fish.

The first pool i went to was a small pool with no need for a big cast.
I knew there would be fish at the tail.
I flicked out the line and lengthed till i was over the tail.

The rod felt good.

First cast over the tail i had a knock.
Fairly sure it was a fish, but it couldnt be this easy in March.
5 minutes later i had an on off just upstream.
It could be this easy.
10 minutes later i had a fish on.
7lb bar of silver.
The rod fairly bent in to the fish, and had it subdued in a few minutes.
View attachment 59098
Even if the rod had been crap, i was in love with it now, but still hadnt really cast it.
Fished the next pool which was better for casting and enjoyed the rod.
It was a bit of an enigma, as it felt quite soft like my shaky, but had a fair bit of power as well..
Nothing in the pool so went to try the Kit bog.
A rubbish pool in my opinion, but great for banging out a decent line ( by my standards)
Anyway, after 15 minutes of getting used to the rod, i was casting right to tail.
Probably 6 to 10 feet more than i normally can and was covering a lie ive always wanted to reach.
But no joy.

Went home for lunch and decided to go to my usual beat on the Southie as the water was great and better pools for casting.
I changed to a DrP ghillie as the water was a bit bigger on the Southie.
Again, it looked stunning in the water.

Fished a couple of pools before i got to my favourite, red braes.

By now i was used to the rod and was really enjoying casting.

I fished all the way to the tail and was putting out as much line as i could when i had a violent take.
But just on and off.

Went back to the top of the pool and 2nd cast BANG.
Fish on and it took off.
Jumped at the far side and was a biggie.

Well thats a good test for the rod.
15 minutes later i got the fish to the side.
18 to 20lb bar of silver!
The rod had a full bend playing it but handled it well.
Was buzzing and went home.
View attachment 59102
By now i was loving the rod.

Went down to the Southie for a quick cast on Monday night.
Same set up and 2nd pool hooked an 8lb fat beast of a fish.
This fish was in very fast water and really put the rod to the test.
It did feel a bit soft in this scenario but when i put more pressure on the rod, it coped fine.

When i landed this fish, it was still full of beans.
I planned to take some nice pictures with the rod.
But being a duckwit, i dropped my phone in the water.
It still seemed to be working, but when i looked at all the pictures i thought i had taken, there was only 2 bad ones where the fish was wriggling.
View attachment 59101
I popped down today and thought id try another line.
I used a floating 550 grain Rio Inteegrated Skagit.
I thought this might be a bit light.
But it was excellent.
It nice to cast a none sinking line again.
View attachment 59100
I think the best description i can give of the rod, was that when Gordon told me today he was going to pick it up.
I was a little bit sad that i wouldnt have it any more.

For a mediocre caster like me, the rod was very forgiving.
And when it comes to subduing absolute quality springers it was excellent.

It gets a 9 out of 10 from me.

Cheers Gordon.

Looking forward to test driving a spinner.
Finally just noticed this doh!!
Thanks very much for that excellent write up Alan and for testing the rod.
That particular rod has since landed 2 more springers. If only I could make all my rods that lucky.
I've got a good few more rods for you to try out.
 
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