Sage 7120 or 7130 for the OP?

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  1. TheAngler

    TheAngler Active Member

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    If you had to pick one, which would you go with for the OP in the winter?

    Thanks,
    Benjamin
     
  2. TheAngler

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    I meant to put Sage X in the title....
     
  3. Gray Struznik

    Gray Struznik New Member

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    I think you’ll be happier with the 7130 it’s a great rod and will be more versital then the 12’ footer. I personally prefer the 8130 myself but I normally fish a really heavy set up.
     
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    Would you recommend going with the 8130? I currently use a TCX 7126 and I like it. Do you think an 8wt is better for the OP in the winter?
     
  5. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy sans caféine

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    9119 method or 8120 x

    What’s wrong with your tcx? I would just keep fishing that.
     
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    Never fished the OP so I can't speak to those conditions. I have the X 7130 and think it's a great/versatile rod. But, IMO it really shines with scandi/scandit setups. I do toss a 525gr skagit max long with it using sink tips and barbell flies. 60'+ casts with 10' t-17 and a chicken leg sized fly are readily achievable, but I don't believe that to really be this rod's forte. My favorite winter setup with it is a 510gr airflo rage, with 10' of t-11 and a heavily dressed/lightly weighted fly. For me, going beyond that gets clunky and I pull out my Sage One 8116.

    Other folks mileage undoubtedly will vary with this rod. Given the above, and the fact that you're looking for a winter stick you might be better off with the 8130? HTH
     
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    I have a TCX 7126. It's a fine rod but really feels more like an 8 wt. to me. Of course that's just an opinion. I usually use a heavier line; 540 - 560 gr.
     
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    7120. Most fish on the peninsula are caught with casts of 80' or less and managing 45' of mono running line is easy enough with a rod that length. A 7 weight in the winter is plenty of stick to turn most any fish and is more than capable of throwing the requisite sink tips.
    Honestly in your situation stick with the death star. The differences between the TCX and X don't become very apparent until you start trying to execute touch & go casts, which is not something you want to do with skagit heads & sink tips.
     
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    I may just keep it then. I am not seeing a significant benefit to upgrading....
     
  10. Gray Struznik

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    Keep it that’s a great rod!
     
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  11. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    The Death Star is more than enough rod for the OP and there's not much need to upgrade from it. I haven't.
     
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    Whichever one throws a 570 compact better.
     
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    You could go with either but the 7126 would be better.
     
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  14. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Skagit w/tips? Keep your Death Star. I'll join the chorus, that I love mine.
     
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    I would go with the 12ft. I fish our 11'11" and love it for coastal work as you can get in tight spots but still bomb big cast when in the open. With today's new heads the extra length isn't an advantage like it use to be.