Have had a few of these xsp rods in different sizes bud..superb rods,the tor ridge will feel a bit underlined with a 6/7 line,loves a 7/8 afs.with 5ft tip.I also found the blanks to be pretty fast.
Superb blanks but the cork is not that great
Would agree with everything Tam Says. XSP blanks are great, wee bit heavier than some more modern rods but the Xsp has been around a few seasons now. Cork quality is a bit hit and miss, I think the later ones are better. I think the 12ft Torridge is a favourite other side of the pond, google will throw up plenty line preferences for it. From memory, I think an old Windcutter 7/8/9 is a great match. I have a 15ft and its my rod of choice before many more expensive 15 footers. It quite literally will cast them all out the park. Every time I buy a new 15 i cast it for a day put it back in its bag and get the XSP out again, it really is a superb blank, doesnt feel too dissimilar to an Lpxe.
Thanks chaps. I've owned XS-P's in 14' and 15' and thought them excellent. The cork handles were a problem as they taper down to almost nothing towards the blank. I note this one has a composite end, so that should help a bit. I've no doubt it will handle heads of around 26g...I will try it with a Wulff Ambush of that weight for starters and see how it goes.