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Keith Lembo

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I've tried to do a bit of research about Gaelforce rods, but most comments involve the competition rods, which seem to be quite competitive in that world. However, there seems to be little out there about the rods from folks who use them for actual fishing. Any thoughts or comments? In particular, I was wondering about their 6 pc. "Destination" series.

Obviously they are at the very top end in terms of cost, so I'm sure that limits their distribution, but surely someone uses them. As best I can determine, the Red Shed seems to be their sole vendor in the US.

I posted this on another board also--not a whole lot of response, so I guess there aren't many of these rods out there--but thought I'd ask here as well.
 

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Hi Keith,
 I have four of the Gaelforce rods and can only say that they are pretty special, I have tried the 6pce rods and they are also pretty special. Funny thing is that Gaelforce does not make a competition rod only a heavy fishing rod in the a 15ft 12 wght of which I compete and fish with.
Best bet is to call up Poppy and get a few for a test drive and decide for yourself.  
If I can be of any further help don't hesitate to ask.
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Thanks Bruce.  Where I live there really isn't any water to test cast a spey rod--I'm pretty much doomed to being a destination fisherman.  That's why I try to solicit the thoughts of others  before I pull the trigger on something, especially a big gulp like a Gaelforce.  Your thoughts above are very appreciated.

Isn't it great having a passion for salmon where the closest water is 1200 miles away!

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Keith......where the heck do you live?????  LOL
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In the middle of a high rise building?
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North Carolina.  Nearest salmon water is the Miramichi or the Restigouche--1200 miles plus!  Nate, nope, live in a nice neighborhood in a house, though there are high rises here if one was so inclined.

We do have water around here--just none particularly useful for spey cast practice.  [frown]



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Keith, Do you ever practise your casting before a trip?
If you could find a pond somewhere you will reap big benefits when you actually do get to go fishing as it is harder to cast on still water than moving water but once you get rid of the slack in your line and can keep tension your casting on moving water will be deadly [wink]

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Bruce, certainly good advice.  I get to take 2, if I'm lucky maybe 3 trips a year.  After the long wait between them,  I usually spend the first couple of days struggling with timing, anchors points etc. and the last couple of days with some semblance of decent casting.  I've been doing it long enough that I know the fundamentals, but layoffs can put you back to square one until you sort it out. Can be frustrating.  I envy you boys with rivers at your doorstep.



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I have sold 2 of the 14'6" 6 piece rods to a customer in Atlanta, GA. He bought one and took it to BC then last week he liked the first one so well he bought a second rod in the same size. He likes a 600+ scandi with this mode, Besides the 6 piece models the 14' 9/10, 13' 7/8 & 8/9, plus the 15' 10ft are all great fishing rods.

With some advance notice I can arrange a test drive for mod of the models.

The fishing rods are every bit as good as the comp models and the comp models are awesome.





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Glad to hear he picked up a second 14'6" Poppy!
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If money were no object I would have a quiver full of Gaelforce rods.
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Can someone try and describe the action and feel of a Gaelforce rod? 

Bruce, given you're familiar with B&W Powerlites can you compare the rods if possible?  I currently fish the BW Powerlite 15' 7-9 and 16' 9/10 a lot and would love to understand the difference.  The only line I fish on all my longer rods are CND GPS mid belly lines.

I'm assuming the Gaelforce rods are more full flexing than the Powerlites?

I'm also semi-familiar with Mackenzie DTX rods.  The ability to marry lines and rods by the same designer definitely has its merits.  The 15' 10wt with 63' G2 Spey line are a fantastic combo.  Scott and team did a great job...and I assume James and team have do similar with the Gaelforce range of rods and lines.

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Hi Preston, I have owned both of the Walker rods that you have and they are two different machines for sure.  With that said how would I describe the Gaelforce actions?  Well describing actions is never easy but I will say that they have a tip that transfers the weight of the line down to the but section where the real work is done.  Would be more like the 15ft 7-9 but with authority.....if that makes any sense?  

For those of you going to Poppy`s Clave in a couple weeks I will be there with rods and lines to try out.

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Thanks Bruce. I think I understand what you're saying and that's a good thing.

Preston
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Bruce,

Definitely going to try one of the comp rods at Poppy's clave.........and maybe some conversation about the upper Columbia.  I only live 3 hours away from Northport.

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