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When it comes to choosing a Salmon rod I am in an enviable position as I have access to the worlds finest fly rods, having said that, this makes the choice even more difficult!

I fish for the elusive silver tourist on the River Wye on a weekly basis. The Wye is not a big river, with the exception of a few beats, so I wanted a smaller rod but with the capability of casting a reasonably large tube fly if needed.

When choosing a rod my criteria are simple. I wanted something that I could cast with ease and with the minimum of effort. I am no casting instructor, or casting guru, I am a fisherman. Sounds simple, but I had been searching for a while!!

Until……. the day Lief Stavmo, Guideline’s rod designer, introduced the Guideline Reaction series.

The first time I picked up the Guideline Reaction 13ft 7in # 9/10 it was a wow! The balance was perfect and the rod was very light in the hand. You could feel how the best American and Japanese graphite cloths, together with the most advanced guides and reel seat components, achieve this balance and lightness.

The Reaction is put through it’s paces on the Tyne

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Guideline Triple Density Shooting Heads
I’ve used Guideline Shooting Heads for a number of years now and these new triple density heads cast further, land softer and fish better than any other shooting head I have used.

The unique triple density sink rates mean the tip sinks lower in the water than the back of the head and so it cuts the water column from top to bottom allowing a longer swing in to the bank as some of the head is always in the current.

This allows the Guideline triple density shooting heads to swing the fly more aggressively and for longer than any other shooting head design.

In short the Guideline Triple Density Shooting Heads are a must have for any salmon fisher and I wouldn’t leave home without them!!

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Guideline Reaction Salmon Rod 14’ 8” 10/11
I bought and used the Guideline Reaction 14’ 8” 10/11 wt salmon rod this May on the Spey in what was probably the windiest conditions I have ever salmon fished in. I have to say it performed magnificently.


The Guideline Reaction salmon rod has masses of power in the bottom section and is incredibly easy to use allowing the beginner to cast a good line and the advanced a great line!

The cosmetics and fittings on this great salmon rod are also outstanding with recoil guides and a powder coating finish to the rod it looks as good as it fishes.

The Guideline Reaction salmon rod is the best salmon rod I have ever used.

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