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I fished with a fine 16' Daiwa Altmoor 10/12 for a few years, primarily on the Skagit. I don't any more, because in my 70's, I can no longer cast such a rod with enough force to properly power a longbelly line of over a thousand grains. But I had more of a romantic/historical mindset than was good for me, and it was fun to do it old school, like the iron men of the Victorian era. It's a game for sturdy younger men, and you may want to switch to a shorter rod, sometime during the day.
 

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I fished with a fine 16' Daiwa Altmoor 10/12 for a few years, primarily on the Skagit. I don't any more, because in my 70's, I can no longer cast such a rod with enough force to properly power a longbelly line of over a thousand grains. But I had more of a romantic/historical mindset than was good for me, and it was fun to do it old school, like the iron men of the Victorian era. It's a game for sturdy younger men, and you may want to switch to a shorter rod, sometime during the day.
Not sure but think I bought that rod from you Nooksack Mac. I've used a cutback DT12 and looped sinktips, T-18 is easy. Long rods are fun but make sure your footing is spread out and solid, they will tip you over if you let them. Bought a 20' Hardy "salmon fly" model a number of years ago but have never fished it. It's a 12wt but feels like a 14wt., planned to use it for chinook on the Columbia but couldn't find a line, figured I'd do some splicing and make one but haven't got to it. Now I'm heading for 60 and wonder if I could even cast it. I should though!
 

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I own and fish two 16' rods. A T&T 1611-3 that I fish with a long-bell line of at least 870 grs (the WA/FF70 10/11), Vector Gen 1 tournament line (75' belly 950 grs), Gen 2 Grandspey 9/10 (1100grs 85' belly), and similar work well.

A Meiser 16' 8-10 is the other 16'' rod that I fish with a Gen 2 Grandspey 8/9 (800 grs, 80' belly), WA/FF70 9/10 (750 grs, 70' belly) and similar.

And the big gun, a G.Loomis 1812 that I fish with a Gen 2 Grandspey 10/11 (1200grs, 90' belly) or better still, a tournament line that weighs at least 1150 grs with a 90' or longer belly)

I'm seriously thinking about getting a Meiser 16' 6-8 and a 17' 10/11.
 
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