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shortcircuit

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I have only cast the cheapest end of the maxcatch rods would be interested in casting the more expensive end. Trouble is it's perhaps a little to much to take a punt at. Anyone have a top end model?.

I have a SkyHigh 9' 4# which is one of their highest end rods. Very happy with it. Very light at 78g and casts very well with a sort of effortless accuracy about it.

I think it does lack the real "Rolls-Royce" feel of the higher end rods, the cork has a good bit of filler in it.
 

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I have a SkyHigh 9' 4# which is one of their highest end rods. Very happy with it. Very light at 78g and casts very well with a sort of effortless accuracy about it.
Is it actually a fast rod? I know it says it is, but so does my Greys but it isn't.
 

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Is it actually a fast rod? I know it says it is, but so does my Greys but it isn't.
I think all of them are referred to as fast 😉
That's the breaking point if someone says a hardy or a sage is fast you know what to expect. With maxcatch because you can't see or try them out you are buying blind. Could be easily sorted on YouTube.
 

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Is it actually a fast rod? I know it says it is, but so does my Greys but it isn't.

I would call it medium fast. When fishing a single dry fly, you can definitely speed up the casting stroke and get that linespeed up. I find that when fishing dry dropper, you need to slow down a bit, I guess due to the air resistance and hinging that you get with a nymph
 

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I looked through all their rods and they don't have one single 9 ft 6 in 6-weight with a reversed half-Wells handle. I won't have a full Wells on my 9 ft 6 in rods, so they won't be getting a rod sale from me... which will please the China Boycotters. 😜

In fairness to them, 9 ft 6 in 6-weights with a reversed half-Wells handle are like hens' teeth these days! ☹️
 

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I've noticed that too, particualrly affordable ones with a nice wooden reel seat; I'm glad I bought my Sage FLi 9' 6" #6 when I did... and no, I don't want to sell it! ;)

Same here - I have a 9 ft 6 in 6-weight RPL and an XP, and both have a reversed half-Wells. But all modern Sages in 9 ft 6 in 6-weight configuration have a full Wells... as do just about every other make and model. Dunno why the shift?

Col
 

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Keep it down guys ffs, the world doesn’t need “Understanding Cork Handles - The Demise of The Reverse Half Wells”

In my world...

Reverse half Wells = dry fly or nymphing rod.

Full Wells = pulling rod.

It just seems right for some reason I couldn't even begin to describe.

I seem to be out of step with the world in wanting to fish stillwater dry fly with a 9 ft 6 in 6-weight.

... though I am having a go this season with a 9 ft 5-weight... 😜
 

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In my world...

Reverse half Wells = dry fly or nymphing rod.

Full Wells = pulling rod.

It just seems right for some reason I couldn't even begin to describe.

I seem to be out of step with the world in wanting to fish stillwater dry fly with a 9 ft 6 in 6-weight.

... though I am having a go this season with a 9 ft 5-weight... 😜
Come over to the world of split cane dry fly rods... you know you want to! :devilish: ;)
 

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In my world...

Reverse half Wells = dry fly or nymphing rod.

Full Wells = pulling rod.

It just seems right for some reason I couldn't even begin to describe.

I seem to be out of step with the world in wanting to fish stillwater dry fly with a 9 ft 6 in 6-weight.

... though I am having a go this season with a 9 ft 5-weight... 😜
You’ll be accused of succumbing to the Evil tackle manufacturers advertising 😆😆😆
 
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Cap'n Fishy

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Come over to the world of split cane dry fly rods... you know you want to! :devilish: ;)

Last split cane I had was a Sharpe's 'Scottie'. And I think that was a 9 ft 6 in 6-weight, if I remember correctly... and was probably a reversed half Wells handle? :unsure:

I sold it in the mid-late 80s. I can't help but think it would feel like a telegraph pole if I were to pick it up today.

My fishing mentor as a young lad in the 1960s was my Dad's aunt's husband, Uncle Alec. He grew up in Ardnamurchan, fishing for sea trout and salmon on Loch Shiel. And he fished with a Kingfisher silk line on a single-handed 11 ft split cane rod. You'd need arms like Popeye to cast with one of them. We're all a bunch of woosies, compared with Uncle Alec! 🤪
 

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I have a SkyHigh 9' 4# which is one of their highest end rods. Very happy with it. Very light at 78g and casts very well with a sort of effortless accuracy about it.

I think it does lack the real "Rolls-Royce" feel of the higher end rods, the cork has a good bit of filler in it.

Just a little update on this one. Yesterday was the first time I was using this rod exclusively for a dry fly session. I have to say it was a dream to use. I was fishing at about 30-40 foot range with the odd longer cast and this thing was really accurate. Loads of power too when needed, a couple of times I needed to cast long because I couldn't wade into deeper water and was able to handle the long cast really easily. Hell of a rod for about €100
 

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Great result for the Maxcatch Extreme, I do like mine a lot, and I’ve many other much more expensive rods, just goes to show.
S.
 

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Great video . I watched the 6wt shootout as well, where the Extreme didn’t do quite as well, but still way up there on distance.

Keith


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Personally, I think, as with many items, they are selling to vanity and not need or ability, but I am just a poor, some would say, tight fisted Scotsman, I mean, £1300 for a Hardy rod and £850 for a Hardy reel? What does that really get you?
 

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Great video . I watched the 6wt shootout as well, where the Extreme didn’t do quite as well, but still way up there on distance.

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The Extreme didn't do quite as well? Don't you mean it came last overall (accuracy and longshot)? ;)

 

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