When we put the three rods to the test, the Method Elite was our favorite, which didn't surprise either of us much but the Asquith is on par with it & a lot better on medium range casts. We don't consider short range casts a category here because we just make do with any rod at shorter distaces. A quick flick of the wrist & a sharp stop will suffice. We're presenting 2" floating Cinder Worms in this situation & what really matters is the ability to hit targets that are often futher away.Hi Sweet & Salt,
I had the pleasure of fishing with the Taylor Truth Rod in two weeks ago as a buddy of mine has the 8wt. We were fishing a Rhode Island CinderWorm hatch. I had brought along my Loomis Asquith & my Method Elite. We were switching back & forth. Water Temps were slightly under 50 degrees with beautiful air temps that hit 72 degrees as the day progressed along.
We were using Airflo Ridge Striper Lines (feature a uniform, 40' head) - WF #8 (290 grains), Royal Wulff Triangle Taper Saltwater Line (30' progressively narrowing Head Taper (we had to weigh the head as the manufacturer doesn't make this info easily available, though it may have been included in or on the box at time of purchase - the box didn't make the trip lol - we came up with 290 grains).
We wanted to include a WF-Floating Fly-Line from Scientific Anglers but they no longer make anything suitable for the type of Northeast casting that we do in cold to medium+ water temps, where a head longer than 30' is needed to lay out longer casts smoothly & easily - by holding longer amounts of Fly-Line in the air ---- which is the whole reason we LIKE these ultra fast, long distance Fly Rods in the first place. Where the rubber meets the road for this style of open water casting, longer casts are constantly needed.
We also wanted to include a Rio WF-Floating Fly-Line but their In-Touch WF-Floating Fly LIne, which we purchased two years ago, we both gave away because it only had a head length of 30' & it's insufficient for most Striped Bass fishing situations here in the Northeast. Also, we didn't like the way it cast at all (on that point, many of my friends who are guides, also concur).
The Airflo Ridge Striper line quickly became our unanimous favorite for this style of fishing & side by side vs. the Royal Wulff Triangle Taper Saltwater line, it was clear that the Airflo line was superior at distance & we could arealize roll casts much more easily with it. When it came to holding line in the air, the Airflo line was vastly better & this allowed us to hit 80 feet + without much effort. I of course would LOVE another 10' of head length to bring me out to 50' but alas, I had to make do.
The Taylor Truth rod felt a lot worse in the hand, it may have been because the Asquith is very well dampened in comparission and the Method tracks flat out awesomely well so on this day, the Truth was up against our favorites for this type of fly-fisihing. The Truth was able to hold its own at longer distances, though obviously a nod worse than both our go-to's. The Truth was a little less stable at distance, but we could still make 80' plus casts with it - just not as smoothly or as easily. The Truth definitely has some Horse Power under the hood though & it's significantly less $$ than our two race horses.