I’ve had good success with a GM53 reaching almost 30’+ across wide runs to eddies I couldn’t wade close enough to with a shorter rod in a medium sized river for the bigger trout that have staked out those lies.
I’m still working on saltwater sound beaches with the GM53 for nearshore Sea Run Cutthroat (SRC) where hookups seem to occur most often 35’ to 50’ out in tidal current with a 6 weight (fast) intermediate integrated shooting head line swinging weighted baitfish, or unweighted arthropod and cephalopod imitations. There’s a good volume of info available on locations to find SRC, and what western rigs, lines, and flies work, but locating these fish on any given day that may move a few miles between estuaries in search of prey is not easy. I kept detailed logs of my trips and now catch a fish or two on almost every outing so I use my western beach rig as a search tool.
A 10M Fujino soft tapered line didn’t cast well for me but Chris Stewart graciously provided a fluorocarbon tapered line formula that I can cast weighted flies pretty well out to about 35’ with an average 5 mph tailwind and slightly higher gusts. I haven’t tried a PVC floating line yet and want to know if/how that line would work with a GM53.
When I get a hookup with the western rig I switch to the GM53. When the fly was unweighted I’ve used a weighted variation of the same fly with the GM53 but no hookups yet.
I haven’t found any info yet or figured out how to manage line up to twice the rod length when preparing to recast (can I spey cast?) and when changing locations, or the best way to fish with it using a long Tenkara-Keiryu rod in slow current-still water. So far it’s all definitely easier with a rod & reel.
I also need to figure out for a long Tenkara-Keiryu rod how tides at specific beaches affect casting room to carry 30 ft of line in the air, what tidal flows - current speeds will swing the flies, and how much if any weight to add to the flies, (6x) tippet, or line to get them to where the fish are feeding on the prey I’m trying to imitate. I suspect it will take a lot of trial and error, but at least it can be fun and productive using the A (western) / B (tenkara) approach.