Bought my first Spey Rod 8136 4

#1
I always knew it would be sooner than later. Just bought a Sage Traditional 8136 4 SLT.
Looks to be in Great shape. Wondering if I did alright on the price... Paid $305.00 plus shipping.


Did some research here, for a first time rod I thought this one would be a good choice. I fish lots of bamboo rods and like a rod that loads deep into the butt section and lets you know when it's ready to cast.

I have a couple of reels and I am wondering if they will be too light to fish? A Sage 509 and a Bauer 4.
What are your thoughts on these two reels? I am sure once I get a few seasons fishing I will get a wide body Hardy Uniqua or Perfect to fish.

Thanks, Robert
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#3
Robert,

My guess is that the Sage 509 doesn't have enough line capacity for that rod. I use 5 and 6 wt lines and a 400 gr Skagit head on the 509. I think your rod will want around a 550 gr Skagit head and 8 wt short or medium belly Spey line. The Hardy Marquis Salmon II or comparable line capacity reels will hold any line you want to use on that rod.

Sg
 
#4
That thing looks really nice - previous owner must be a heck of a guy (and a great photographer). Thanks for your winning bid - I'm the seller.

The 509 will be a bit small and light for the rod. I would start in the range of a Marquis No. 2 or the other models you listed. Perhaps I should list one...!

Thanks again and enjoy, John
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#5
Smart decision and fine rod sir! I bought the same model a few years ago as my first spey rod. I purchased a Redington CDL 10/12 reel and SA Skagit Spey Multi-tip line. It either works great, because I'm a rookie and don't know any better or it really works great... in any case, it has already caught three fish and swinging fly's is a blast! Have fun.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#6
Oh, and you did good on the price... I paid $290 on E-bay through Leland upgrade program. From what I've seen they are worth $300+ in good condition.
 
#7
John
Thanks, I thought someone on this forum was the seller!
Good deal of info on this site and appreciate all the posts.
Looking forward to swinging flies for steelhead.
Robert