Thoughts on the Death Star

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by David Dalan, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer Active Member

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    The TCX 7126 is my primary steelhead rod. As Sean states, it's light enough for summer runs but has plenty of backbone for big fish.

    For winter/skagit work I like the 510gr Airflo Intermediate. Once I experienced the superior swing of the intermediate I rarely use a floating skagit any more.

    Summer conditions the RIO AFS in 460gr rocks on this rod! For windy conditions or light tips I switch to a Rage.

    If you are on the fence, get it. Killer rod, killer price.
     
  2. Steve Saville

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    I use the AFS 460 on this rod and a 540 gr switch line with a clear floating tip. Good stuff.
     
  3. liltanker32

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    I totally agree with haunted by water. burkheimers are the shit. ive owned everything from a tcx, sage one, z axis, and so on. I still have all of them and they all have a special place I believe. but burkheimers are the cats ass. you cant beat them 7134 for summer and 8134 for winter. if not just an 8134 for year round.
     
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  4. Slate Run

    Slate Run Adrift

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    It does, however, certainly sound like something George Cook might say. ;)
     
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  5. danimal

    danimal Inglorious Twohander

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    I have in my quiver a 8126-3 greenie- same rod as the 8124(according to MR Godshall)..
    With a 510 rage on er I call it a lazer beam--never a deathstar tho.. And yes ifn I remember correctly--that is George Cook's name for that tcx.......
     
  6. kev

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    What is a good click and pawl reel that balances well with this rod? I am thinking Hardy 3.75 or 4". My plan is to be fishing for winter Steelies tossing intruders. Thanks

    Oh....I just bought a death star, super excited!
     
  7. aplTyler

    aplTyler Inept Steelheader

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    I (now) have a Marquis Salmon No. 2 on mine... balances it wonderfully.
     
  8. troutdopemagic

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    10 points to the Hardy Marquis. Hard to beat for a click and pawl. I love mine more then words (mine is not on a death star, but still).
     
  9. Rob Allen

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    Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed the ability to cast a fly line is insignificant to the power of the fish..



    hmm i was hoping to think up something more clever on the spot but i guess i am just not that witty
     
  10. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Funny thing, I assumed (among other things) that the Death Star was super light. I was kind of amused to find out that there are several two handers in the same rod weight that are lighter. Granted we are talking 1 ounce or less difference.
     
  11. Brady Burmeister

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    I'd really like to give to the two BIIMX rods a cast. I've heard nothing but great things about them yet they're barely mentioned compared to the TCX.
     
  12. shotgunner

    shotgunner Anywhere ~ Anytime

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    I tried a 12'6" TCX long before they were 'the buzz' and liked it very well even though the only line I had to try was CND GPS 7/8. I was shopping longer 7wt rods at the time and never had the chance to drive some asstd shooter heads on it, which we all know it excells at. Crisp & snappy.. it is a fine rod.

    Couple years later I bought the Winston.. no looking back from those first few test casts. Amazing rod.
    There is exactly 1.5 ounce diff in the two [TCX & BII MX] I have multiple trout rods that weigh 1.5 or less.
     
  13. Chawhee

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    My brother picked a 7wt one up with a mono casting setup on the Naknek over by King Salmon Alaska. That river is WIDE and he can BOMB flies with ease, probably because the mono behind the shooting head.
     
  14. Chawhee

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    Worth it.
     
  15. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    I am glad I did not give into temptation and buy this rod as I have found out I can not even cast my Echo worth a shit. LOL