Across the pond, the 14-foot #9/10 has been described as the .30-06 of double-handed rods. Closer to home, we might describe a 14-foot #9/10 as the 20-bore of double-handed rods—a bore that patterns well for walk-up and driven birds at reasonable distances but may come up short on high pheasants. The 14-foot #9/10 salmon rod, like the 20-bore shotgun, is the master of this middle ground. Unless you fish the Ness or the Tay with regularity, the 14-foot #9/10 should probably be your first salmon rod.
The Gaelforce Equalizer 14-foot #9/10 is an elegant and fluid performer. The rod leans towards a #9 rating with a Gaelforce Equalizer ESH shooting head of 600 grains/39 grams, yet remains fully capable of its #10 rating with a Gaelforce Equalizer Spey 54 or Equalizer Spey 63 line. This versatility combined with impeccable manners allow the Gaelforce Equalizer 14-foot #9/10 to achieve the requisite distances on most salmon rivers with a minimum of fuss.
An ideal choice for the Spey or the Dee in the months of April and May, the Gaelforce 14-foot for #9/10 is equally at home on the Tweed at the back end of the season and on salmon rivers such as the Orkla in Norway and the Cascapedia in Canada when these rivers stabilize at midsummer levels during the months of July and August.
Utilizing the finest new graphite materials in the construction of the blank, the Gaelforce Equalizer 14-foot for #9/10 allows the angler to fish “fine and far off” with ultimate precision. The strong tip and the deep progressive action—the signature flex of the Equalizer series—eliminate side deflection of the tip when lifting line from the water and provide maximum feedback when making a change of direction with a single spey or a snake roll.
Recommended lines: Gaelforce Equalizer ESH #10, Gaelforce Equalizer EIH #10, Gaelforce Equalizer EMT #9/10, Gaelforce Equalizer Spey 54 #10/11, Gaelforce Equalizer Spey 63-foot #8/9.
The Gaelforce Equalizer 14-foot for #9/10 features:
-the finest components sourced from around the world
-a matte green finish for maximum stealth with rich silver whippings
-Fuji stripping guides with hard chrome snake guides
-the finest AAAA-grade slim cork handles
-a superior-grade Alps Tri-Lock down-locking reel seat
-alignment dots for easy and accurate assembly and security
-a quality cloth bag and Cordura rod tube