Tiger stealth Grilse Special

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This is another 10ft #7 single hander.
This is for me. I want 2 of them with different set ups on them for this season.
I like this rod a lot. Other than the fact the 7 is missing from the decals. I got sent the grilse special decals and noticed the 7 was missing from them so the boy sent me new ones with the 7 in them. But I went and used the wrong ones and never noticed until it was too late.
Lucky this rod is for me and I know it’s a 7 weight haha.
Ive kept it stealthy with a full burnt cork top handle and slightly bigger than normal fighting butt. It feels great for Spey casting with it.
Ive kept things dark with a down locking black alps trilock reel seat and winding check.
Ive went for faded copper bands on black for the thread. Reminded me of tiger stripes.
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Wow Gordon that’s s*** Hot🤯
Love the colour scheme and overall look of this one. I’ve no doubt as soon as there’s a few fish about on your patch, you’ll hopefully get to show us a nice bit of silver alongside this outfit👍
 

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Nicely done. I wonder what kind of line you use for spey & overhead casting on that single hand rod?
Hi Fons,
I was using an airflo 40+ and a barrio slx on it last season both were superb at overhead and Spey casting although i preferred the 40+.
I will have a floating 40+ on one of them for sunrays and hitches and a floating/inty tip Rio single hand Spey line on the other for coneheads and heavy tubes.
I can send you one to try out if you fancy a shot?
 

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I use an older single hand Guideline Reaction 10 Ft #9 rod. Overhead casting and wading are both difficult on my river during winter and springtime. Speycasting is my only option and that needs to be done with a rather limited D-loop. For the moment I'am experimenting with an Airflo 40+ distance WF9FI. Sinking rate is top, I do not know what I have to think of my casting distance (15 - 20 yds) in limited circumstances. I'am realistic enough to know 40+ distances are only for casting specialists in ideal circumstances but between my 15-20 yds and 40+ yds is a huge gap. The best results I get with 8ft of the body inside the rings. As the rod is only 10 Ft, you know that I have at that moment the transition point from running line to body between the fingers of my left hand.

What is the position of the body when you are spey casting your 40+ line with your single hander?
 

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Hi Fons,
I was using an airflo 40+ and a barrio slx on it last season both were superb at overhead and Spey casting although i preferred the 40+.
I will have a floating 40+ on one of them for sunrays and hitches and a floating/inty tip Rio single hand Spey line on the other for coneheads and heavy tubes.
I can send you one to try out if you fancy a shot?
Differ a bit from you Gordon.:LOL:
I use 3 lines on my G.S., one the Rio Single Handed Spey line, (but beware when a fish takes savagely and the extremely supple running lie wraps around your finger like a cheese slicer:eek:) That is for surface work although I have to admit I do like the 40+ as well.(y)
On the other spools I have the Airflo Glass Slow Inty, on the 3rd the Glass Inty. I rarely use the full Inty, the slow sink is a fabulous line for sub surface presentation of wee tubes teamed with an Inty tip. (A hot tip from Loxie, don't tell him I told you, sworn to secrecy you know!!!:oops::oops:)
My Switch is teamed with the Barrio Switch line..
 
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Obviously plenty of guys on here love em but for purely selfish reasons I’d love to see him make one with a traditional cork grip
You missed the more traditional switch I posted a while back. Even gave you a nod on the thread.
It was the rod that I donated to the forum as a prize for the FOTM competition but Snapt14 won it and I was already building him a switch rod so he basically got his switch rod custom built to his spec for free and I’ve still got the traditional one for a demo rod.
You are welcome to try it out mate.
 

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Differ a bit from you Gordon.:LOL:
I use 3 lines on my G.S., one the Rio Single Handed Spey line, (but beware when a fish takes savagely and the extremely supple running lie wraps around your finger like a cheese slicer:eek:) That is for surface work although I have to admit I do like the 40+ as well.(y)
On the other spools I have the Airflo Glass Slow Inty, on the 3rd the Glass Inty. I rarely use the full Inty, the slow sink is a fabulous line for sub surface presentation of wee tubes teamed with an Inty tip. (A hot tip from Loxie, don't tell him I told you, sworn to secrecy you know!!!:oops::oops:)
My Switch is teamed with the Barrio Switch line..
I have got 3 40+ for it. Floating and 2 different rates sink tip lines. As well as the single Spey on my new classic 5/8.
Was good see you today Tom but even better to meet wee Bonnie for the first time. She’s a cracker. And my mate breagha never forgot her best mate either. Nothing to do with the doggy hotdogs I was feeding her last few times on the river haha.
Looking forward to wetting a line with you again real soon.
Get in about the springers.
 

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I use an older single hand Guideline Reaction 10 Ft #9 rod. Overhead casting and wading are both difficult on my river during winter and springtime. Speycasting is my only option and that needs to be done with a rather limited D-loop. For the moment I'am experimenting with an Airflo 40+ distance WF9FI. Sinking rate is top, I do not know what I have to think of my casting distance (15 - 20 yds) in limited circumstances. I'am realistic enough to know 40+ distances are only for casting specialists in ideal circumstances but between my 15-20 yds and 40+ yds is a huge gap. The best results I get with 8ft of the body inside the rings. As the rod is only 10 Ft, you know that I have at that moment the transition point from running line to body between the fingers of my left hand.

What is the position of the body when you are spey casting your 40+ line with your single hander?
I have it just like I would have a 2 hander with basically the full head outside the tip.
I actually found I could Spey cast it further than overhead cast it. And I’m a lifetime trout fisherman and better at overhead than Spey casting.
I normally always used my switch rod on the west water because you need both overhead, Spey and snap t casts because of high banks and trees behind above and all around you. But I was using the 10ft last season and it did it all. I was really impressed with it.
your welcome to try one.
 

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I’ve only just really found out about what a true Switch rod is and it’s purpose. Given they are lighter fly lines is there a limit to what you can cast? Ie cone heads and Francis type flies.
You missed the more traditional switch I posted a while back. Even gave you a nod on the thread.
It was the rod that I donated to the forum as a prize for the FOTM competition but Snapt14 won it and I was already building him a switch rod so he basically got his switch rod custom built to his spec for free and I’ve still got the traditional one for a demo rod.
You are welcome to try it out mate.
is the pic on here pal?
 

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I have it just like I would have a 2 hander with basically the full head outside the tip.
I actually found I could Spey cast it further than overhead cast it. And I’m a lifetime trout fisherman and better at overhead than Spey casting.
I normally always used my switch rod on the west water because you need both overhead, Spey and snap t casts because of high banks and trees behind above and all around you. But I was using the 10ft last season and it did it all. I was really impressed with it.
your welcome to try one.
Suddenly the scales fell from my eyes. I’ve seen Westies pics of that river and it looked highly technical with boulder strewn sections ect.
Similar to my waters, only I often skipped those sections even though I knew there to be fish there. Not even wide but my nine ft rod just couldn’t keep the flies over and under those boulders well enough imo.
Regardless of outfit though, that’s good Angling to catch on the fly in those mad looking places, which is probably why most turn to the worm.
 
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