How does this rod compare to the older Wraith?Received my Hardy Ultralite X 906 last week - 4 days from UK to Australia - I was blown away with that delivery time.. (ex Sportsfish) Progressive action and just loves to shoot line. Not a rod for dries but for nymphing and fishing wets it will be awesome. Easier to cast than 690 Sage Method, timing doesn't have to be as spot on with the haul. Cant wait to use it!
That will help the aerial casting as you mentioned. Do you think it needs a half-weight-over line? Have you tried it with the SA Trout, or Rio Gold for instance?
No I haven't got a true to weight line for it. It may work OK with dries with a true to weight line but I bought it primarily as a lake/big river nymphing and wet fly tool. I am going to give it a test run next weekend so I will report back on my findings.That will help the aerial casting as you mentioned. Do you think it needs a half-weight-over line? Have you tried it with the SA Trout, or Rio Gold for instance?
Interesting, Howard Croston is an outstanding caster, as are the Rajeff boys. My Bamboo was built and designed by Tom Ciemega who worked at Paul Youngs shop in Detroit. Ted Williams gave him casting lessons and Tom was the most efortless caster I ever saw. I met Mel Krieger at the Detroit Fly show a few years back with Tom, and when Tom stepprd away Mel told me Tom Ciemiega was the best caster her ever saw. His Bamboo tapers certainly showed it.I am going to introduce a personal wrinkle into this thread. It is not, for me, the individual rod alone that I find so relevant but the man behind the rod, the taper designer, working of course in concrete with the materials and fabrication teams. Virtually all my favored rods ae built by designers I have the utmost respect for based on their body of creativity sometimes distilled into a specific rod or series. At one time or another, in some cases in an ongoing relationship, I have met and enjoy a dialog with each designer of note to me. So, it is not that I love a particular rod, but I also have insight and in common awareness into the design philosophy and intent of its creator. I will add that each of these men are remarkable casters and, I believe, without this skillset their vison of how a rod can execute great casts might well not exist.