Sage LL - Redington CT comparison

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  1. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    So question to the people that have this rod, i am looking for a 4wt back up rod amd this sounds like it would be a good choice, my next question is what line would you recommend with this rod and what would be a nice inexpensive reel to go with it or how much should i be looking for it to weigh????
     
  2. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

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    Nice report, I would how ever like to see the same thing done with a 3wt-wf peach line and a 3wt-dt. I have a lot of LL's but no CT's. Would love to try this my self. I have only wiggled them before. But I think they make a decent adversary.
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    I did own a 9' 4wt CT, but sold it a little over a year ago. It was a nice rod, but I felt a "tad" tip heavy but not bad at all. I replaced it with a 3wt. only recently in the 8'6" and love it. I am sure a 4wt. in 8'6" would also be much better than the 9'. I may just get another 3wt. for backup or a 4wt. in 8'6". Hell of a rod for a hell of price!
     
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    Eric, I use a bbs right now with a dt line but I've been eye balling the new Battenkill.
     
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    I have an SA Mastery trout taper in 3 weight on a lamson radius 1.5 on my 8' 3 weight and I am very happy with the setup.

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    I think that new battenkill reel will find several homes on many lighter fly rods, such as the CT.
     
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  7. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I just had a chance to verify some details from the comparison above. The Sage 379 LL weighs 2.4oz while the CT is 2.6oz. The sections of the LL are 45-5/8" while the CT's are 16-3/8" The tube for the LL is just a smidge under 49" while that of the CT is 19-1/2".

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    inexpensive. i have the 8' 4wt paired with Redington's Rise 3/4 which I picked up on the Clymb last year for $89. The reel is not as nice as the rod, but I got them both cheaply and I'm VERY pleased with the rod.
     
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  9. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Maybe, maybe not. The Battenkill III weights a paltry 3.2 ounces while the II that Ive bought is a ridiculous 2.9oz. By comparison, the Marryat CMR 56 that I used in my comparison weighs 4.4oz bare and fully loaded with backing, line and leader, balanced both rods within the winding check.

    Unless you pair that Orvis reel with a rod that's MUCH lighter than either the LL or the CT (and preferably one with a downlocking reel seat as you pointed out), it's likely that your combination won't balance.

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  10. Eric Denny

    Eric Denny Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!

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    So what lower end real would you recommend? ??
     
  11. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I'm not up to speed on the current crop of low price reels, so I'd defer to others' advice. Was me though, I'd look hard at an Orvis BBS in the middle size. They're not the cheapest reel on the block, but from personal experience their build quality and the Orvis warranty make their price money well spent.

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  12. Gary Knowels

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    This one! After all, it was designed to be paired with the CT
     
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    I'd get a medalist. 30$ or so on eBay/Craigslist on a regular basis.
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Eric, I'm liking the Okuma SLV 4/5 on my new Redington CT 4 wt. That's a sub-$45 reel if you look around a bit! :)

    YMMV! :cool:
     
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  15. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    I grabbed one of those to partner up with my 2wt CT. Balances well

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