Originally Posted by mikel
I have not, however his reputation is stellar among pnw spey guys.
Trust me Mike, "stellar" doesn't cover it. (Just Kidding!) But "Bash" does with his post above. To expand a bit ....
Each of Steve's lines (and I have several) are all 'One Offs' based on not only the actual rod it will be used on, but the casters 'style' of casting (2-handers). Steve has just about every 2-hander made 'dialed in' for what it really is, Manufacturer puts a #7 sticker on the blank but he's got it 'dialed in' as a 6.8 or a 7.4 or a xyz.
Then the tel-con is for what/how/were/casting style are we talking about? As I said, his lines (won't cost you a penny more that something off the shelf) are built to fit that set of perimeters. Line head will be (Scandi as an example) 31' 4" long, weigh 'x' grains, etc., and etc.
He will do these as either as just a head, or as a full line. Better yet, and my last three full lines, have a shot of bright orange just below the head. Pull that bit in until it's just above the cork and you're exactly on point of where you need to be to cast the head. Low light conditions? Who cares? Don't want to spend all that time looking up a 14' rod to see where the tip-top/head are aligned? No need.
Strip in to the cork and you're good to go. Works a total treat!
For full disclosure, no connection to Steve other than I, and my wallet, know him well.
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