I met a guy on the internet and finally got to meet him yesterday. Had to pick up materials and he lives on Highland Beach- only ten minutes from my supplier. He also builds rods from CTS blanks which are made in New Zealand. Very impressive rods which feel way lighter than even the 10 wt BVK I was using for the first time. It's too bad I don't need another rod or I'd definitely buy one.
I tried the BVK which had a brand new, never casted, Cortland Liquid 10 WWF on it, but I was getting a lot of friction from the stripping guide. My BVK has recoil guides throughout. The 12 WFF Cortland Crystal does not do that on my rods with ceramic strippers, course I probably don't develop quite as much haul speed with them either, but I really think it's more the guides. The Liquid Crystal coating was softened a bit from the Crystal PE to get better handling, so it might be right on the verge where the added friction from recoils is just too much.
I may have to get rid of that line, which I really like in the 12 wt. - but not after checking out another line on the BVK. Maybe I will wind up changing out the strippers. I hate to have to do that, but they obviously add more friction in any case, and their weight advantage doesn't amount to much that low on the blank anyhow.
Just thought I'd give you all a heads up if you are using recoil stripping guides and are thinking about the Cortland Liquid clear line.
PS: We didn't see a snook one, and were casting into bait schools for a couple hours. Nothing around. But it sure beat racing home from the supplier to unload brass and stainless nonetheless.