Originally Posted by Hardyreels
I have a 15' #10/11 that I have not used enough in this same line. I'll blame the lack of river hours on the poor runs last year and that darn 1981 Hardy I toted around all season
The # 10/11 is such a powerful rod that I became intrigued with the notion or curiosity might better describe it, of what a lighter line weight might fish like.
I managed this, an unused old stock Winston rated line 7/8.
As per the other rod I have, the workmanship from Winston is impeccable.
The fact that the butt cap has no marks or scuffs at all was testament to the rods new condition. You gotta wonder when the rod you are buying is 11 - 12 years old and sold as 'new / unused' but I'm satisfied I got a good deal here.
To top off the outfit a friend at Mountain View Sports in Anchorage sold me an unused circa 1999 Orvis Vortex 9/10 reel that was also made in the good old USA to match up with the rod. I lined it out with a Delta Tactical long belly and am ready to get the line wet.
That's one SERIOUS rig you have there Ard! What a beauty! There's something wonderful about getting a like new/used rod that ends up on your doorstep in pristine condition.
It's hard to beat the craftsmanship of factory built Winston rods. The reel looks like a wonderful match for that rod.