Echo Dec Hogan II?

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  1. Shaun Martin

    Shaun Martin Member

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    Anyone tried the Dec Hogan II line yet? If so, how is the second version different? I'm curious about the 6.5...

    Many thanks!
     
  2. golfman65

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    He had one with him at occupy this past Sat. I didn't try it but double spey did, don't know if he haunts these digs anymore...but he said he was very impressed with it...I think Bob Triggs said he has one coming so maybe that's who you can ask?
     
  3. Shaun Martin

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    Thanks! I'll keep reaching out. I appreciate the leads..at some point I'll just try it out myself. Just curious about the differences between the original and DH II.
     
  4. hookedonthefly

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    The rods should be available by the end of April. It is my understanding that they crispened the action of the tip section on the DH II. There are also some pretty cool cosmetic changes if I understand correctly.

    I'm looking forward to checking out the new DH II also.
     
  5. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    Dec has been intimately involved in the development of those rods. That was all that I needed to know about them. Looking forward to using mine.
     
  6. Shaun Martin

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    Yeah I'm sold. Just trying to decide between the 6.5 and 7 weights.
     
  7. RustE

    RustE drifting about

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    Too bad there's not a 4wt offered.
     
  8. Anil

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    We just got the 6.5, 7, and 8 weights. Going to test cast one in the a.m. They do feel a little crisper in the tip and I like the cosmetics a little bit better, but no huge changes there.
     
  9. Shaun Martin

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    Looking forward to a review if you don't mind. Heard good things so far! Thanks.
     
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    Anil Active Member

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    I cast a 510 Skagit Compact (Airflo) on 6.5 this morning. VERY easy. Loaded quickly without any effort and withstood my attempts to rush and overpower it pretty darn well. It seemed, like you would have to put some effort into screwing up with this one. Casters who are very quick or really overpower could throw tailing loops, but not as easily as on the first versions.
    It through a medium sized fly and 12' of t-11 quite well.
     
  11. Shaun Martin

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    Nice! Thanks for the review. I wasn't sure if you all were getting them, so I ordered one before your post. Just got it today. I'll be in the market for a reel though! What did you have on to balance it out? Would a guru 4 be too big?
     
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    No, A guru 4 would be about the right size and weight. (We still have 2 #4's left in black).
    I was using an ARX 3.5 and that was good too.
     
  13. hookedonthefly

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    I love that reel! Super sweet addition to the WWL lineup.
     
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    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I want one!
     
  15. hookedonthefly

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    We were running an Airflo Skagit Compact 480 on the 6.5 and thought it cast extremely well. I like the DH 7 A LOT. We had an Airflo 510 Skagit Compact and 510 Switch on the DH7. The Switch was solid but I felt the 510 Skagit Compact made that rod sing. It handled 10' of T14 well. Wow! It did not like the Airflo Sink 7 - 7/8 tip as well.