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Post 20 Oct 2022, 18:32 • #1 
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Does anyone here know if the 8'3 steffen 5/6 is a completely different blank to the 8' 5/6 version, or just cut abit longer before ferruling? Thanks, dave


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Post 20 Oct 2022, 21:19 • #2 
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Well since Steffens are on the menu tonight there were in years past post here that the 8ft 3 in was the sweetest of the 5 wt. configurations. I don’t have one but I’m sure there are others here who do and hopefully they can give us a update on this rod. I have a 8 ft. 3/4 that I bought as a blank from Mark Steffen, I love this rod for smaller streams in Michigan, but would like a 5/6 in a little longer length for our slightly larger streams here.
Mike.


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Post 21 Oct 2022, 13:44 • #3 
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The 8'0" and 8'3" are made on different mandrels.


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Post 21 Oct 2022, 16:28 • #4 
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Thankyou, Shane .


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Post 21 Oct 2022, 19:24 • #5 
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Where does the 5/6 at 8'6" fit in? Same mandrel as 8'3"?


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 08:21 • #6 
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All models have a specific mandrel, and different start points along with different measurements for ferrule reinforcements. Basically the 8'3" is not a cut down version of the 8'6" taper if that makes sense.


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Post 23 Oct 2022, 11:16 • #7 
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I had no idea there was an 8'3" 5wt Steffen, but now I'm really curious. I'm assuming/hoping it's a 3-piece ?


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Post 28 Oct 2022, 22:45 • #8 
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makes perfect sense. the 8' 3/4wt doesn't feel anything like the 7'9" 3/4wt. i like the tip section on the shorter rod it feels stiffer and faster than the longer 8' rod. I have a 8'6" 5/6 and i find that to be a little softer in the tip than i want ideally, feels better with a 5wt though.


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