Describe your dream off the beach fly rod

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  1. Jim Mcallister

    Jim Mcallister AKA stillwater guy

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    I havent been doing this that long but I have become aware of one thing at least for me .Maybe its my OCD but I havent found the perfect all around rod .Yet. My 5wt TFO casts great till I start using heaver Clousers ,and its hard to beat the wind.My 10 ft Echo fits the bill for those problems,but catching a 14 inch fish on an 8 wt is just a little over kill.Also it starts to get a little heavy after 40-50 casts.I know Iam just a winey little bitch ,but it would be nice to hear other opinions. One other concern I have about a lighter wieght rod is if I actually hook into something big like Don freeman did last year.Personally I am dreaming of a 10 ft rod that has the beginings of an 8wt a fighting butt is a must .Center section would have a good backbone then the top section and tip would be like 4-5wt so the rod would actually bend with smaller fish,but if at sme point in time that 8 lb coho on beach patrol grabs my bug I will be ready . Hah!
     
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    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Salty 6wt
    9'6" medium fast action with a fighting butt
     
  3. Go Fish

    Go Fish Language, its a virus

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    You gots to have a 6 wt for
    da cutts , co-de-ho's,
    blackies, and the scum of the
    salt...pinks.

    DK
     
  4. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    Get a 6wt first then an 8wt for the Don Freeman sized salmon.

    9'6" medium-fast or fast action rod with a fighting butt.

    I really like the SAGE rods (VT2, XP, Z-Axis, and the new ONE) paired with a lite weight large arbor reel with a cork drag system for the saltwater. You can cast the bigger weighted flies in the salt for hours with them.
     
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    Go Fish Language, its a virus

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    DB,

    I agree with your choices,
    however to ignore the Sage RPL
    is a grave error. Ask me.

    Dave
     
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    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    ..... and don't forget the Sage RPL. I've seen it land many pinks when in skilled hands.
     
  7. Jim Mcallister

    Jim Mcallister AKA stillwater guy

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    Oh yah .It would be nice to have it cost less then a payment on a BMW
     
  8. Go Fish

    Go Fish Language, its a virus

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    I've seen RPL's go for less than
    $300 but a Sage One, hell I can
    count over a half dozen cars owned
    that cost less than the One but they
    all smelled like Pink jizz.

    Bottom line is do not let me try
    your new One because I will want
    One and I know I need help.

    Protect me from what I want
     
  9. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

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    I've got a 9' 6wt Rainshadow RX8+ that I built, casts close to a Sage XP, with a fighting butt.. My 5wt Helios switch rocks too, with the Orvis switch rod line.. fished both quite hard over the last year on the beaches for sea run's, pinks, etc.. Both are sweet.. imho!
     
  10. Rob Ast

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    I usually fish a fast action 9' 6wt with a fighting butt (dancraft FT), but a 5wt switch is a great option as well - lighter tip and stronger butt with the ability to 2 hand cast when needed.
     
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    I think I'm on my 4th or 5th beach rod, I just cashed in my 6wt matte black old-school classic g-loomis 9' 6wt GLX for a loomis NRX 9' 6wt. I've yet to cast a lighter 6wt, it's tits. I cast all the new/good shit at my local fly shop, and this rod was it for me. My advice is to go cast some rods at a shop, then decide. Don't listen to what other folks buy (unless you get an NRX, then you're a f'ing genius). :)
     
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    I have a Z-Axis 5 wt switch and a Redington CPS 9'6", 6 wt. Right now I'm waiting for Fed Ex and an Xi2 6 wt. I just bought.
     
  13. Phil Fravel

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    5 weight sage XI2 they dont make them, so Im still dreaming. I perfered the XI2 over the Xi3
     
  14. Nick Clayton

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    XP 691. Done.
     
  15. Don Freeman

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    My new "beach rod is a 9'6" ONE for six weight. Yowzir! It weighs under 3 ounces, and along with the cutts and rezzies i bought it for, I've landed a 15# chum and about a dozen steelhead. I realize that's not what it was designed for, but like my girlfriend said about the Water Pik, it's just a lot more fun.

    With a brand new Outbound Short (7wt), casting over a measuring tape at the park, I could consistently hit within a couple of feet of my hat at 90'. Light, accurate and very powerful. The only reason I abused the rod on big fish is to find out what will happen when Mr. Blackmouth ambushes your clouser in 6' of water. Have no fear.

    I think Anil has one of these in stock at his store.