My AFFINITY X 9' #6 in Golden Olive with smooth green snake ring windings is perfect, now at the near end of 2 season. Mostly I use WF5F Rio Gold flyline, but also sometimes with heavier nymphs or middle streamer an WF6F Lefty Gray.
Any guys who have seen it are very impressed of the rod; and after casting tests, with both fly line classes, from beginners to advanced fly fishers trying long casts up to the whole fly line in the air, it's unbelievable which immense power is in this marvelous, light weight rod. Thats my experience with I'll say your FLAG SHIP !!!!!
16 #8-9 Affinity DH. What can I say, this was the firestarter for the whole rod operation, and in a word it's everything I imagined it to be. For example, with Cortland's #10-11 Tricolor Spey there's basically nothing a caster needs to do, the rod casts the 17-meter long head itself, and shoots 20 meter of running line on top of it.
But the real thing happens with proper spey line: The first time I tested it with Rio's #8/9 GrandSpey there was almost an accident, the line wasn't attached to reel, but I stripped it directly from the package, pulled it through the guides, attached a 4½ meter leader and started rolling. With few strokes the 25 meter long head with the leader was all out. Then I made a few casts to see how I could control such an amount of line - no problem at all.
At this point I totally forgot, that the end of the line wasn't attached, I made a perfect single spey cast, let the line loose - when the "this end to reel" -sticker at the end of line scratched through the guides, I realized the situation. Luckily the far end of the line & leader flew in a perfect loop to the other side of the pond I was casting in. It would have been a 43-47 meter cast. This was the tenth cast with the new rod!
The Yellowfin Tunas were rumored to be at the bouy so we ventured out. Using the pearl white Seamaster Pro 7'10" 24-37kg, the first strike we took was from a fish probably close to 100lbs. The 80lb test leader finally broke after about 10-15 minutes. We fought the next strike for about 20+ minutes and finally boated a Tuna just under 70lbs. The rod is just awesome. We can apply a lot of pressure without fear of the rod breaking. The limit is really how much the line the angler can handle; 30lbs is a lot of pressure on the arms and back. This was a great field test and hopefully we can get back and land some Tuna over 100lbs. We will definitely be getting more of these blanks.
Our fishing season is getting closer to the end, so I thought I'll drop a few lines about how the summer has been with my new CTS's. Beforehand I had in regular use, a half a dozen of two-handed flyrods for which I'd been fully satisfied. Anyway none of those have been in use this season, mainly because of my new CTS's. I think that pretty much says it all...
The quality of the blank is first class. I have been building rods on carbon fibre blanks for 30 years or so and must say my first impression is that your product is superior in quality to others I have used.
All I have read and heard is true. This is the straightest blank I have ever seen. The power to weight ratio really is unbelievable. Thank you.