Guideline Le Cie 12'6" 8/9 Review


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2 LeCies so far

12'6" LeCies have always been 4 piece. 13'7" and up were 3pc.. current production run are 4 piece.

I have a 14'8" 9/10 3pc.. GREAT rod.. even though some complain the upper cork is to short ;) Also an 11' 8/9 LeCie Switch. Really like the 12'6" 7/8.. VERY sweet fishing / casting machine.

Just got home and still smelling of skunk. Wind & snow squalls bigtime.. 33* F
2 LeCies so far

anybody ever heard of the Guideline HTS Graphite rods ? I`ve got the 13` 8/9 , 3 piece . Grandfather to the LeCies and LPXE`s . Made in the USA as well (probably by Loomis) .


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"12'6" LeCies have always been 4 piece. 13'7" and up were 3pc.. current production run are 4 piece."
Thanks for the nudge, shotgunner...I was thinking about the longer ones, I got a bit mixed up.

I have a 15' 10/11 Stinger on the way to me right now, the sound of thunder must be scrambling my brains a little.

steve s

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I haven't had the opportunity to try a LeCie yet but have been very curious. I had the chance to use a 12'6" 7/8 LXPE and found that to be a great stick. Extremely light in the hand and very easy to cast. I liked it so much that I'm considering one for a summer stick. Sounds like I should try a LeCie too.


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the 12'6" LPXe in 7/8 kicks total hiney with a 420 Compact Scandi. Like aircasting.
Been playing lately with "Mademoiselle" a 13'7" 9/10 LeCie 3pc belonging to a bud, and my, she is a persnickety gal.
You don't give her bottom hand, you don't get no joy.


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Good post..

Concurr on both counts. The little LPXe is very nice. Maybe a touch quicker than the LeCie.. Just back to the old '3 vs 4' again. I prefer a 3pc for local fishing.. quicker to put together and 33.3% less ferrule concerns.

13'7" 9/10 is kind of a local favorite here. She knows what she wants.. greedily feeding from the low hand. Cut to 'personal fit' heads can take some of that up. It's the only 13'7" LeCie I've cast. From general concensus the 8/9 is a more relaxed blank, mirroring the 14'8" I'm using now.. and loving.

Anyone reading these posts please keep in mind that these are 'Euro' line class ratings. Euro rods will be happy with a lot less grains than a domestic stick within same/like line class designation. If you knew that already I guess thats a few seconds you'll never get back :D
I have the LeCie 12'6 9/10, lined with matching Powertaper, used for Salmon coastal salmon fresh in from the salt...this rod is a pleasure to fish!

Dan Page

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My 13'7" 9/10 3 pc. likes the 625 Skagit Flight very much. So am guessing the 8/9 would take substantially less.
The DDC system really rocks on this rod --as to be expected--as well as the Power Tapers. This rod makes you feel very authoritative! :)
The Guideline is based on a Euro based rating system which is roughly equivelent to an american rod one size smaller. With that said, I'd think 480 -540 would be about right for an 8/9, based on my experience with the 7136z, which I use a 480 compact skagit on. Of course it's all about how you like your rod loaded. So with that in mind, if you would load a 7136z with 570 to 600 grns that might be a good starting point.

I do know that the 8/9 power tapers (cut back to 39') I've been using on my 7136z have worked very well on my new 12'6 8/9 LeCie. I've yet to put the 480 compact skagit on it, as I fail to see the point, since I don't think I'd ever fish the Le Cie as a skagit rod...I've already found my ultimate skagit rod in my 7136z-axis...that's of course if I ever decided to fish a skagit again, I'm just gaga over those Guideline Power Tapers at this point.


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