The Oykel Range of Salmon Rods-14’6″- 13’6″-11’6″-9′

The 14’6″ Oykel

The Oykel range of salmon rods are completely suitable for any angler to achieve the best possible results in any conditions that arises whilst participating in the sport that we all love and feel passionate about.

The 14’6″ was designed to be powerful and capable of achieving that long line that sometimes is necessary, and an advantage to cover that otherwise illusive fish, on the other side of the river.  Equally in low water conditions this rod performs well when it is desirable to drop down a line size.

It may be slightly heavier than the average modern carbon rod, but 12 ozs, to my mind is not a heavy rod, and is well justified by the extra performance that this rod produces.  Its reel holding capacity for example allows one to use old reels with a large seat, a nice attribute for those of us who like to use our old Hardy Perfect from time to time.  The 14’6″ handles a sunken line and large flies with ease, all in all making this rod very capable and compatible.

The 13’6″ Oykel

The 13’6” is the 4th rod that Bruce and Walker have produced for me to my own specifications. It was a year from concept to river bank, to get it exactly as I wanted it. Using the very latest mix of carbons and resins, combined with specific tapers, to produce even greater results than I could imagine;

The 13’6” is not a rod for tournament casting or extreme distance; instead it is a rod for complete relaxation whilst at the same time achieving the perfect distance and a range of casting options, effortlessly. As per my instructions to B&W, it has an all through action just like Greenheart, which of course was the rod I used in my younger days. They were very powerful and would allow you to get your fly exactly where you wanted, without much bother, provided you had the strength to wield it all day! Now this relaxing action combined with the lightness, and technology of modern materials makes it possible to generate and achieve even more power effortlessly all day long, with accuracy and very delicate presentation. Although I say so myself, it really is a dream come true, and not only that, it is hand made in Great Britain.

 

The 11’6″ Oykel

By popular demand, many anglers have suggested that the introduction of an in-between size rod would be a benefit to anglers in general.  With this in mind it has given me a lot of pleasure to spend my time, and give attention to, the detail of such a rod.

There is little doubt in my mind that the quality of carbon fibre has improved out of all recognition since the first carbon fibre rod was made, it is for this reason that very often I find myself using a rod that is much too long and over powered for the job I am doing.  So my view now is, why not take advantage of modern technology and size down to the 11’6″ Oykel which is capable of achieving amazing results with the use of best quality, High Modulus and High Density carbon fibre.  After putting the 11’6″ through some rigorous testing, against some other well known brands, the Oykel performed in a way that I would find difficult, if not impossible, to surpass with any other rod.

The Oykel 11’6″ will handle all lines, floating, sinking or intermediate.  Although it is rated for #7-8 lines, my personal experience is that it copes well with quite a variation of line sizes; however it was always my intention that it should be, and is, particularly suited to a floating line, which makes it well suited to ladies and young people at the beginning of their fishing career.

The 9′ Oykel

Over decades it has become apparent to me that many anglers are missing chances of catching fish in low water, simple because they do not change to low water tackle and tactics;  I simply cannot over emphasize the importance of stealth and delicate presentation as been of critical importance in low water salmon fishing.

With this in mind I have produced the 9′ Oykel, #7 line, specifically for those low water periods when we need as much help as possible from our tackle, to give us that little bit of extra finesse that can sometimes bring another fish to the bank, which might otherwise have remained elusive.  The 9′ Oykel is a single handed rod with lots of power and performance for its length, and extremely popular with those who use it.

Specifications

The 14’6″ Oykel

  • Three sections.
  • All cork handle with 2 comfortable grip positions.
  • Screw-reel winch fitting large enough to accommodate reels with large seat with hook holder incorporated.
  • Hard chrome snake rings and 2 butt stripper guides.
  • Weight:  12 Ozs approximately.
  • Colour:  Blue with blue whippings and silver tipping.

Price:  £781.00 P&P in UK £20.

The 13’6″ Oykel

  • Three sections.
  • All cork handle with 2 comfortable grip positions.
  • Black metal reel fitting.
  • Hard chrome snake rings and 2 butt stripper guides.
  • Weight: 10 Ozs approximately.
  • Colour: Gold with tan whippings and gold tipping.
  • Butt composite rubber end cork.

Price:  £757.00 P&P in UK £20

The 11’6″ Oykel

  • Three sections.
  • All cork handle with 2 comfortable grip positions.
  • Black metal reel fitting.
  • Hard chrome snake rings and 2 butt stripper guides.
  • Weight: 8 Ozs approximately.
  • Colour: Gold with tan whippings and gold tipping.
  • Butt composite rubber end cork.

Price:  £678.00 P&P in UK £20.

The 9′ Oykel

  • Three sections.
  • Hard chrome snake rings.
  • Screw-winch reel fitting.
  • Weight:  4 Oz’s approximately.
  • Colour:  Blue with blue whippings and silver tipping.

Price: £514.00 P&P £20.

When ordering rods, please include a £50 deposit, make your cheque payable

To: Oykel Salmon Flies & Tackle – 8 Cherry Wynd – Culbokie- Dingwall – Ross-shire IV7 8ND

Tel:- 01349870948

Mob:- 07710754896

groykel@btinternet.com

Bruce and Walker are based at Upwood, Cambridgeshire, England, UK.  They have been rolling and making carbon blanks for their rods for many decades.  Their experience and rod making skill is paramount worldwide.  I have used Bruce and Walker since they began producing rods several decades ago and have always found them superior to any other rod on the market.  (Rod making like any other skill can only be perfected to such a high degree with experience)  This is why I commission them to make rods for me, and why I feel entirely comfortable that the rods carry my name;  Just like the 11’6″ Oykel.  Their quality of workmanship would be difficult, if not impossible, to surpass anywhere in the world.

George.

GR Ross. (OSFT)