Another multi-use line cannon, fit for a variety of angling situations. Great for migrating species like salmon, sea trout, shad. The added length is adequate for great line and drift control, especially from the bank. Waterborne casts are easy and the inherent power in the rod will help transport bigger, more voluminous flies with ease with a minimum of false casts (tube flies, bomber-type dries and all sorts of weighted streamers). Its power and yet nervous tip section allow the use of hybrid lines and shooting heads of all densities, everything will go right into the backing using a proper double haul technique. Still it is great to present dry flies to cruising fish at large in lakes while still being able to use finer tippets (0,15 mm) to be able to fool the more selective fish.
This rod is a bit of a marvel and has been used to great effect at Jurassic Lake (Lago Strobel) where tackle failure must not be an option to bring those huge rainbow trout on steroids (well, on a very rich shrimp diet) at hand. Both 6 -and 7-weight lines can be used with the same ease, the rod will load a bit deeper with a 7-however. It has become my preferred single hander for our local salmon fisheries where water are more modest in size. Other uses that spring to my mind are the chase for asp, perch, European walleye, black bass as well as carp, barble and, in season, mullets when the run our larger rivers like the Loire, Garonne, Odet, etc.
The rod builder’s note
“Given the choice between a 10-footer and a “nineandahalf”-footer and when overhead casts are on the menu, I will invariably choose the shorter rod over the longer one! The 9-foot-six rods usually have the perfect geometry for awesome distance casting while a 10-footer has a slight tendency to either be slower in action or more tip-heavy in the same series of rods (or both!). This blank is remarkable as it can be fed both a 6- or a 7-weight line in any density and be very happy with it. Trout and salmon up to 20 plus (and well over) are absolutely no problem for this fine stick as our Argentine friends can attest.”