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RossM

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Hi all,

I currently only fish small rivers and burns but I've been looking for an affordable 9' 5wt rod for messing about on hill lochs for wild brownies in my native Perthshire.

One rod that caught my eye is the Maxcatch 'Trout Lite' - it's available in 9' 5wt and I see it was highly regarded by forum members @shortcircuit and @nelson88 .

My conundrum...
It's been described as 'medium action' and ideal for dry flies and short-medium casts, which got me wondering if such a rod would cope with casting a bushy daddy/sedge on a wind-swept hill loch?

I should add I intend to fish from the bank only, and prefer to use dry flies if possible.

Would you recommended going for something with a faster action instead, to cope with casting bushy flies into the wind? If so, which of the Maxcatch rods would be better suited?

I see Maxcatch describe most if their rods as 'fast action' but some forum members have described the Extreme & Premier rods as more 'mid-tip'..

..or, as is the case with most things, is it just down to personal preference? In other words, "make up yer own mind!"

I do prefer medium rods anyway and I expect I'll be working the margins around the loch, making fairly short casts, rather than attempting to launch the line to the horizon - I have no experience of hill loch fishing though, so maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree here.

I hope this isn't too long-winded but any of your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers!
Ross
 

Tangled

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There's no way of knowing what a rod's action is as there's no objective standard for it - well there is, but it's not used. So people will tell you different things about the same rod. But, with exceptions for specialist rods which tend to be expensive, carbon rods all tend to be in the medium fast range +/- and you get used to its action pretty quickly.

If you find a rod too soft, underline it; too stiff, overline it ;-)
 

Rhithrogena

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For what it's worth I use an 8'6" #4 Extreme for a lot of dry fly work on a very large exposed upland lake. It is a brilliant piece of kit. Will punch a good line into a stiff breeze and has coped with a few 2lb brownies and some good carp to double figures. Easily able to turn over big flies. Don't mess about with the more expensive rods, get an Extreme 👍
 

Mrtrout

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For what it's worth I use an 8'6" #4 Extreme for a lot of dry fly work on a very large exposed upland lake. It is a brilliant piece of kit. Will punch a good line into a stiff breeze and has coped with a few 2lb brownies and some good carp to double figures. Easily able to turn over big flies. Don't mess about with the more expensive rods, get an Extreme 👍
The Extreme is a great rod for the money, my 8.6#4 is fantastic to cast, nice through action and handles fish well.
For £20 I’m not sure you could better it.
S.
 

ktmian

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haven't shipped the rod i ordered on the 13th yet though!!
Strangely, I have just got an e mail and refund for my sky high 9’ 5 weight rod, backing and leaders - I did ask for refund for the express shipping as it hadn’t shipped after 10 days but it looks like they’ve cancelled the order and refunded the lot. Shame I was looking forward to an outing
 

Gdog

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Strangely, I have just got an e mail and refund for my sky high 9’ 5 weight rod, backing and leaders - I did ask for refund for the express shipping as it hadn’t shipped after 10 days but it looks like they’ve cancelled the order and refunded the lot. Shame I was looking forward to an outing
They sometimes cancel the order when items are not in stock. Unfortunately lots of items (mainly rods and reels) have run out of stock and not been replaced in the last 6 months
 

shortcircuit

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Hi all,

I currently only fish small rivers and burns but I've been looking for an affordable 9' 5wt rod for messing about on hill lochs for wild brownies in my native Perthshire.

One rod that caught my eye is the Maxcatch 'Trout Lite' - it's available in 9' 5wt and I see it was highly regarded by forum members @shortcircuit and @nelson88 .

My conundrum...
It's been described as 'medium action' and ideal for dry flies and short-medium casts, which got me wondering if such a rod would cope with casting a bushy daddy/sedge on a wind-swept hill loch?

I should add I intend to fish from the bank only, and prefer to use dry flies if possible.

Would you recommended going for something with a faster action instead, to cope with casting bushy flies into the wind? If so, which of the Maxcatch rods would be better suited?

I see Maxcatch describe most if their rods as 'fast action' but some forum members have described the Extreme & Premier rods as more 'mid-tip'..

..or, as is the case with most things, is it just down to personal preference? In other words, "make up yer own mind!"

I do prefer medium rods anyway and I expect I'll be working the margins around the loch, making fairly short casts, rather than attempting to launch the line to the horizon - I have no experience of hill loch fishing though, so maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree here.

I hope this isn't too long-winded but any of your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers!
Ross

Hi Ross,

You are dead right, I did really like my Trout Lite rod but I think the action is probably best suited to delicate presentations at pretty short distances.I had an 8'6" 4# and it was brilliant for the relatively small rivers that I fish. I did notice though that the odd time when I needed to make a long cast it struggled to carry a lot of line in the air.

I haven't used the Extreme, but it seems like it would be a good choice according to the other posters here.
 

RossM

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Hi Ross,

You are dead right, I did really like my Trout Lite rod but I think the action is probably best suited to delicate presentations at pretty short distances.I had an 8'6" 4# and it was brilliant for the relatively small rivers that I fish. I did notice though that the odd time when I needed to make a long cast it struggled to carry a lot of line in the air.

I haven't used the Extreme, but it seems like it would be a good choice according to the other posters here.
Thanks for the advice and suggestions everyone, it sounds like it wouldn't be the best all-rounder for lochs.
I'm leaning more towards the Extreme & Premier rods now and with the 20% discount you kindly posted above, it'd be rude not to! 😁
I'll report back on what I finally decide to go for.
Cheers,
Ross
 

Rhithrogena

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Thanks for the advice and suggestions everyone, it sounds like it wouldn't be the best all-rounder for lochs.
I'm leaning more towards the Extreme & Premier rods now and with the 20% discount you kindly posted above, it'd be rude not to! 😁
I'll report back on what I finally decide to go for.
Cheers,
Ross
BTW, Premier has a proper tube and bag - Extreme has a crap tube and no bag.....
 

noel

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Used my 9'5wt Extreme with the Tail Teflon loaded with a Real Gold total package about £40 1st fish of the day was this . Followed by a further 2 nice rainbows handled them well.
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jerryrum

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It's really interesting seeing everyone praising the Extreme.

I got the 9ft, 5 weight a couple of months ago and I'm not getting on with it.

I've only used it on rivers, but I've tried dries, klink and dink, single nymph, double nymph and it just hasn't felt right with any set up.

I've been out with it again today and I would say I was happy with one cast in three, with the wind behind me, and none when casting in to the wind.

I've paired it with the Gold, rather than the eco line it came with, but whatever I do I just never feel like I'm in control of my flies, either while casting or while they are in the water.

It's a shame, as I love my two other Maxcatch rods, but I feel like I've tried everything I can with the Extreme and we are just not a match.

If anyone else has the 9ft, 5# could you let me know which line , leader and flies you have found it works with and I'll give it one last shot.
 

Mrtrout

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It's really interesting seeing everyone praising the Extreme.

I got the 9ft, 5 weight a couple of months ago and I'm not getting on with it.

I've only used it on rivers, but I've tried dries, klink and dink, single nymph, double nymph and it just hasn't felt right with any set up.

I've been out with it again today and I would say I was happy with one cast in three, with the wind behind me, and none when casting in to the wind.

I've paired it with the Gold, rather than the eco line it came with, but whatever I do I just never feel like I'm in control of my flies, either while casting or while they are in the water.

It's a shame, as I love my two other Maxcatch rods, but I feel like I've tried everything I can with the Extreme and we are just not a match.

If anyone else has the 9ft, 5# could you let me know which line , leader and flies you have found it works with and I'll give it one last shot.
Pity, the same rod in 8.6ft #4 is a totally different animal full of feel and great to cast. I’ve found that with a few rods, the McKenzie NX1 was the same, fished a 9ft #5 for a week, took it back and took an 8.6ft #4.
The difference was amazing.
S.
 

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