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KCChrome, I have been in touch with Mark prior to this and purchased a 12' 6" 7/8 Explosive from him, a couple of reels and Nexcast lines, really nice guy to deal with. He mentioned CND rods and suggested the 12' 2" prior to me purchasing the Explosive, I must have lead a sheltered life as I had never heard of them and even now can find very little about them, are they really that good?
If you give Mark a shout am sure he will arrange a trial of one to suit your needs? Fantastic Rods in my opinion but be best if you could get your hands on one and form your own opinion?
 

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Icelander05, May I ask why this model and not the Gravity model?
I was taking your budget into account. I also do have a 13'4 Gravity but to be honest, I cannot see so much difference to the BV-GT's. I am using CND'S for almost 15 years now and my first rod was the original 14'4 Steelhead. I also had to follow ups like I-Spey and they all had their charm. What I do like about them. They make fun with a small fish but can also handle large ones. You can use almost anything on them, from Skagit to Full Spey, even a washing line 馃槀.
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I was taking your budget into account. I also do have a 13'4 Gravity but to be honest, I cannot see so much difference to the BV-GT's. I am using CND'S for almost 15 years now and my first rod was the original 14'4 Steelhead. I also had to follow ups like I-Spey and they all had their charm. What I do like about them. They make fun with a small fish but can also handle large ones. You can use almost anything on them, from Skagit to Full Spey, even a washing line 馃槀.
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Really appreciate that, on paper I am leaning towards the CND especially if they are flexible in the different lines, I assume the 14' 6" 6 piece and the 14' 2" 4 piece are the same action wise? just more expensive. I will contact Mark and see what can be arranged.
 

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If you like the LTS Across and with the budget you have then I would suggest the CND Gravity?
Give the UK dealer a shout and am sure he will sort you out! Fantastic Rods for the money!

Contact Mark Paterson at @ltsflyfishinguk
Mark is a total gentleman.I fished with him a lot when he was the ghillie at Dess on the Dee.
Quite a few videos on U-tube.
 

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MCX, It sounds like a good rod, I think I will see if I can try one out (y)
That 14' 7" Hero is currently discounted at Uttings for 拢429. Probably get a bit more off that, or free postage, if you phone them and plead poverty.

I have been looking to update my older longer rods, but assume this model 9 # wouldn't be suited to my existing 10/11 lines; that's just a guess.
 

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That 14' 7" Hero is currently discounted at Uttings for 拢429. Probably get a bit more off that, or free postage, if you phone them and plead poverty.

I have been looking to update my older longer rods, but assume this model 9 # wouldn't be suited to my existing 10/11 lines; that's just a guess.
It would probably be over-lined at #10/11. I found it was happy in the middle of its specified weight zone, equating to a 38 gm Scandi.
 

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I have an LTS Across 13' 8/10 which is great, I was hoping for some advice on a back up / second rod for rivers such as the Dee, Spey and Mourne from Mid May to September.

I really Like LTS and if there is something within that range great news ( 拢700 budget) but I would appreciate the views and experience of fellow members.
14.6 destination graphene sounds like you will be travelling to some larger rivers so a longer rod would be good idea at 6 inches under 15 foot and 9/10 rating it's a wee bit easier on the body if you can stretch that far with your budget its the best sub 15 foot big river rod Iver used and 6 pieces also, large grain window and deep loading so it handles all line systems
 

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14.6 destination graphene sounds like you will be travelling to some larger rivers so a longer rod would be good idea at 6 inches under 15 foot and 9/10 rating it's a wee bit easier on the body if you can stretch that far with your budget its the best sub 15 foot big river rod Iver used and 6 pieces also, large grain window and deep loading so it handles all line systems
Thank you JP
 

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It would probably be over-lined at #10/11. I found it was happy in the middle of its specified weight zone, equating to a 38 gm Scandi.
Thanks Michael, I guessed that would be the case.

I have a bag full of 10/11 lines and I am struggling with the idea of replacing them all - or adding even more lines to my collection at a lower rating - to use on this rod.

The manufacturer, length and price all suit me - but just a touch light.

Apologies for diverting the thread.
 

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That 14' 7" Hero is currently discounted at Uttings for 拢429. Probably get a bit more off that, or free postage, if you phone them and plead poverty.

I have been looking to update my older longer rods, but assume this model 9 # wouldn't be suited to my existing 10/11 lines; that's just a guess.
Not only is the rod discounted at Uttings but they also offer an outfit with the rod, a matching reel and a Vision Hybrid line with floating tip and backing for 拢499. The 拢70 increment over their price for the rod alone is a lot less than the regular price of those extras.
 
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