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Hi guys looking for some imput on a longbelly spey rod already have 2 spey rods would like one for this application looking at cnd 15'2 7/8 weight and help would be greatly apprichated other rods I have are old 9140 and loomis skagit dredger 13'4 7/8 weight any imput would help out lots or any other long belly rod models to look at would be great as well open to all options
thanks WILL
 

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what rivers would you want to fish with this rod. what season...what wt rod you looking for?
 
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Eric looking to fish squamish northern british columbia and the thompson looked towards cnd solstice series in the 7/8 weight range any help would be great thanks WILL
 

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Well Will,you have opened a serious can of worms>>.or flies!!:) There are a good number of nice rods on the Market that are considered to be "Long Belly Rods"..Likely the nicest is the 15' Hardy Angel($1600) or the Loop Grey Series($1100) is a close second. Snowbee's XS-P 15'($900) is right up there and is fished by many of Europes top guides that fish long belly lines. Then of course you have the New Sage series,TnT,Scott,CND,Winston, and so on. I have the Angel,Loop,Winston and Snowbee...I would rate the Hardy Angel the Number 1 for absolute smoothness and feel; very light in hand and no effort needed to cast.Snowbee's XS-P is designed for this action and I would consider it a close second....light feeling in hand and very powerful. Accelerating from the middle of the rod is easy and very effective. The Loop Grey is a bit more tipy and also very light weight in hand....having cast the new Clan rods this past fall makes me want to own one as well..
I have the MOST faith in the Snowbee XS-P for durability followed by the TnT. I am not so sure about these new "Pure" carbon Fibres for demanding fly rods!...I have broken several and my alarm bells go off when in hand.
Today I am out casting a new Snowbee XS-P 14' rod with a Beulah Spey Line...78' belly...should be funwill also be casting the 14' yellow loop ,the 14' Hardy Angel...will let you know
 

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Long bellied rods

I have fished that CND Will...caught lots on it with a matching CND line on the Skeena this Sept...its a beauty...like most of his rods.

CND designs rods for nothing but long bellies...they are not fast, but you don't want fast either IMO...nice long smooth stroke doesn't work with 'fast'...

I also like the Steelhead Specialist...more of a 65 ft head rod, but light, strong, responsive...same $$$.

European rods are not cut out for that sort of thing IMO...English yes...but now they have started getting all fast too...

Obviously trying it out is key...try out the CND line if you can get one...
 

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Hello Square Tail,
there are lots of choices out there but if you are looking for a 15' 8wt than that cuts the field down considerably. I would look at the GLoomis Greaseline 15' 7/8 and the CND Solstice. Bob Meiser currently has a 15' 7/8/9 but it is an 8/9 and not a 7/8(designed around the old XLT 7/8). Rumour has it he will have a 15' 7/8 this year. You can't go wrong with any of those three choices. If it was me I'd be looking at the Meiser. The Loomis is too much $$ and the finishing job is poor. The CND and Meiser are in the same price/performance range but I love the way Bob finishes his rods. You need to get your hands on them and see which best fits you. Good Luck.
 

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For local waters that rod will be more then enough but I personally think the solstice will be too light for the thompson especially when the wind really starts flying through there.
 

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Do the try before you buy tactic. Spey claves will be happening soon again. You get to try different rods lined properly.
I ordered the R.B. Meiser 16' 6/7/8...can't wait 'til it gets here. It's based on the old 7/8 Xlt.
My two cents.
 
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many thanks to all with there valuble imput and wise knowledge with these rods will deffentally help me make a decesion to get my first rod thanks to all that replied cheers Will
 
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