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Alexander Bohusch

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Hi all,

I hope its ok to ask a few questions as a rather novice spey caster.

So far, I mostly use skagit lines, and to some extent scandi as required, from the "big" line companies (Rio, Airflo, ..)

Reading online, particularly discussions in online forums, I find more and more comments on Nextcast and Gaelforce, but am still not quite sure, whether these would be the right lines for me. I am thus considering to just buy a few to try them.

Hoping, that you're all familiar with Burkies, I was wondering, whether you could give some recommendations.

Heavy stuff (fishing deep deep):
Burkie 10129
Burkie 10155

Allround (deep or shallow, depending on rivers and fish):
Burkie 8128
Burkie 8142

Light presentation:
Burkie 7127
Burkie 7139

I usually prefer shooting heads on mono, rather than integrated lines.

Are there any Nextcast or Gaelforce lines I should definitely try, for any of the above applications?

Ps: I am not in the US.

Thanks a lot.
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First off Gaelforce has scandi heads and skagit heads in several sizes. The scandi heads are very nice and smooth casting. If you like scandi heads I would definitely give them a look.

While some might think this is blasphemy in my opinion a skagit head is a skagit head and if you want to deliver a big sinktip and a dead chicken most anyone's skagit head will do the job.

The Gaelforce 54' and 63' integrated fishing lines are the nicest full spey lines I have ever sold and that includes just about all of the brands. They are rated in the UK so a Gaelforce 9/10 weighs 585grns while a US 9/10 will weigh in the range of 640-650grns. I just forget the rod line size and go by the grains.

Having said the above if a person is a reasonably competent two hand caster with the 63' Gealforce with have good luck just matching line number to rod number.

The Gaelforce fishing lines really excel for your "all around category. Here are my Gaelforce fishing line recommendations for the rod you have listed:

Burkie 10129=54'-11/12------scandi #11
Burkie 10155=54'-11/12, or 63' 10/11-------scandi #11

Burkie 8128=54'-9/10------scandi #9
Burkie 8142=54'-9/10, or 63'-8/9-------scandi #9

Burkie 7127=54'-8/9-------scandi #8
Burkie 7139=54'-8/9 or 63'-7/8-------scandi #8

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I use the 54 foot Gaelforce on my 9142 Burkie and it casts like butter. When you need it, it can cast like a cannon. It is my favorite rod-line combo! Bought on Poppy’s recommendation. Thanks Poppy!!
Alexander Bohusch

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Thanks a lot for your replies.

Which rod (+ corresponding line) would you recommend to use to start casting a full spey line?
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As Bob stated above the Burkie 8142-4 matched with the UK rated Gaelforce 54'-9/10 (585grns) is a very nicely matched setup. At this stage of my life that combo is my favorite graphite rod swinging setup so I highly recommend that setup as a good place to start.
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Brian Colin

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I too took Poppy's advice on this for a 14'2" Burkie.   Had been using a Vector - which was good, but seemed to get a good bit heavier with an hour or two in the water.   Got the recommended Gaelforce...I knew that the rod was a really good rod, but with this line it entered unchartered territory for me.   Go for it.   (I have also got the 14'5" & 14'9" (3 piece and have the 63' Gaelforce lines for these....same unbelievable results.[smile])

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I don't have experience with the longer Gaelforce lines (someday hopefully), but can confirm that the Gaelforce scandi lines are very nice.  The scandi 9 on the 8128 Burkie is excellent and the scandi 8 on the 7134 Burkie is awesome.  Good luck.
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I would add the 7134 and the gaelforce head to your "light" category. I have it with the integrated running line.  That combo with the 8142+55' gaelforce will cover a lot of situations.   
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