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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    I had around 20 minutes with one coupled with a Vision Tane rod on my last day on the San River last year. The day was made tougher with bright sunshine and a horrific downstream wind. My preferred outfit of a Sage 4 weight ZXL and Rio LT line was struggling to get through the wind but the Tane rod and Thistledown line cut through it with ease. I'm not sure if the front profile of the line has a triangle taper or is very thin making it easier to cut through the wind but the difference in both outfits was night and day.

    I had heard the first model of Thistledown had a coating that broke down over the course of a season but this newer model they've released seems to have solved this.

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    I know that they have a mono core. I defies what we all know about line ratings. It loads just as well on a 2 as it dose a 5 weight.

    When I fished it today distance Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#
    Presentation Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    Wind Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    The only flaw I found was it was hard to see in faster water.

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    Quote Originally Posted by sagecirca View Post
    I had around 20 minutes with one coupled with a Vision Tane rod on my last day on the San River last year. The day was made tougher with bright sunshine and a horrific downstream wind. My preferred outfit of a Sage 4 weight ZXL and Rio LT line was struggling to get through the wind but the Tane rod and Thistledown line cut through it with ease. I'm not sure if the front profile of the line has a triangle taper or is very thin making it easier to cut through the wind but the difference in both outfits was night and day.

    I had heard the first model of Thistledown had a coating that broke down over the course of a season but this newer model they've released seems to have solved this.
    I have always been very sceptical about how these can work but as there has been so much positive feedback about these lines I will have to try one as I have several rods in the #2-5 weight range.

    Which model Tane did you use? What did you think of it? I had a #6 weight Tane and didn't like it which was a pity as I have 15 other Vision rods ranging from Onki's and Mag's up to Sisu's all of which I love fishing with so may be I just picked the wrong Tane.

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    I have the 10ft #3 tane. It's a nice rod but a bit on the top heavy side for a nymph rod

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    Quote Originally Posted by ct1642 View Post
    I know that they have a mono core. I defies what we all know about line ratings. It loads just as well on a 2 as it dose a 5 weight.

    When I fished it today distance Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#
    Presentation Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#





    Wind Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    The only flaw I found was it was hard to see in faster water.

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    Braided Core on the 2nd series.Had a few quirks with first edition although mine was fine.Very versatile river line and have used it fishing dries from a boat on the Bristol Water Lakes.Backing barrel indicator might solve the ''hard to see'' dilemma .

    JP

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    Quote Originally Posted by ct1642 View Post
    I have the 10ft #3 tane. It's a nice rod but a bit on the top heavy side for a nymph rod

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    That was my feeling about the 9'#6. It had a very different weight distribution to my other rods of the same length and line rating.

    I've got the 10'# 3/4, 9'#3/4 and 11'#2/3 Vision Mags and they are lovely rods but I always use a heavier reel on the longer ones to help balance them better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger h 10 View Post

    Which model Tane did you use? What did you think of it?
    I am sure it was the 9'6 3 weight. It was a bit too pokey for my liking as I much prefer slower actioned rods like my username. That being said it was very easy to cast and I managed a Grayling around the 3/4 pound mark and it felt lively enough when playing and landing said fish.

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    Quote Originally Posted by sagecirca View Post
    I am sure it was the 9'6 3 weight. It was a bit too pokey for my liking as I much prefer slower actioned rods like my username. That being said it was very easy to cast and I managed a Grayling around the 3/4 pound mark and it felt lively enough when playing and landing said fish.
    I was considering buying one of those (I do know where there is a new one if any one's interested) but ended up buying a Hardy Zephrus 9'9" #3 Ultralight at a silly price of 317.00 brand new.

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    I've used mine on my Streamflex + in its 9'6" ~3 mode on the Itchen in Hampshire, and the River Moll in Austria, on Farmoor from both boat and bank AND on the lake at Haywards Farm. When the weather warms up a bit it'll be getting a bit more use on the reservoir again. 20 yard cast very easy and no problem with playing good sized fish.

    I like the line a lot. Feels a trifle light at close quarters, but soon loads up and then she flies.

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    Default Re: Snowbee xs thistledown 2# - 5#

    It roll casts an absolute treat.

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