SRC Newbie - would a Sage ONE 691 be an OK choice?

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  1. Saltman

    Saltman "Just Fish!"

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    The 697-4 ONE will and has landed just about anything PS has to offer. It is powerful in the butt section, but sensitive in the tip. I have landed everything from 8" Cutthroat to 14lb Silvers with mine. It has performed flawlessly. Its Konnetic Technology feels stiff in the fly shop, but on the water it is a dream to cast. Anyone who bashes this rod just can't handle or afford ONE.
     
  2. Mark Mercer

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    As an all around beach rod( if you can only have one) I'm sure the 9'6" 6wt ONE is probably a good choice in the fall but if your looking for cutts or rezzies in April (or most of the year) I think a bit overkill, why fish for 4wt fish, on a fast action 6wt? I know it gets windy, but most of the time a nice med/fast or fast 5wt is more than enough. The time of year will usually dictate what rod I'll use in the salt but I prefer the lightest line weight I can get away with for cutts, even a 4wt in summer...
    because like dryflylarry, I like to "feel" the fish I'm fighting.
     
  3. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

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    Or maybe it just doesn't fit their casting style. I know it may be hard to imagine, but not everyone prefers the same action of rod as you do.
     
  4. Brian White

    Brian White Recovering Bugmeister

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    I can't speak for anyone else, but in my case I guess I was thinking 6 wt because it is pretty versatile and because I could opt for a saltwater reel seat. I'll be shocked if I catch anything at all, so actually "not feeling" a fish I manage to get on would be a pleasure!
     
  5. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I agree, a salty 6 can be used for a number of other fishing situations besides the salt around here.
    I use mine for bass, light summer steelhead and trout. Not to mention where you might travel to in the future and find use for your 6.
     
  6. Saltman

    Saltman "Just Fish!"

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    We have used the ONE rod in everything from beginning casting classes to advanced saltwater outings. I have first hand seen folks with a multitude of casting styles throw this rod with big grins on their faces. That is the beauty of modern, high performance rods.
     
  7. Nick Clayton

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    I don't doubt that you have seen many happy folks casting this rod. I've seen plenty of folks who absolutely love XP's and Z Axis rods, but for some they are too fast. I'm just saying that just because it doesn't fit someone's needs/desires/likes/dislikes/wants, whatever, does not in any way mean they either can't "handle" or "afford" it.
     
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    Saltman "Just Fish!"

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    Nick,

    I encourage you to take ONE out and try ONE.......
     
  9. Mark Mercer

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    double post..
     
  10. Mark Mercer

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    Come on Brian, lets be a little more optimistic. There is a bit of a learning curve but it's not that bad, you'll be into fish
    before you know it. There are quite a few rod companies that make a saltwater 5wt as well as 6wt's so just figure on getting one of each (eventually and a eight wt). You are right about the versatility of the six weight, but to me catching little fish on big rods is just not that much fun. I bought a Winston Biimx 9'6" 5wt this year for my main beach rod and love it, but even it's a little faster than I would like, but a good compromise. With you're connection with sage I don't blame you for going that way, I certainly would.
     
  11. Nick Clayton

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    I'd love to. I've wiggled a few at my local shop, and would love to take one out for a spin. Myself, I enjoy faster action rods, and while I find it hard to believe I could love anything more than my Z 590, I'm always willing to try.

    However, I know several guys who I know, without them having tried it, that they wouldn't enjoy it. These are guys who prefer fishing older, full flex graphite rods, boo, glass etc. To claim that any of these folks who decide don't like the rod simply can't handle it, well that's a bit over the top. Some of these same guys spend thousands on ultra slow bamboo rods, so I doubt that it's money that stops them from purchasing it.

    I'm sure the ONE is a fine rod. I have no doubt. I have many Sage rods and I love them all. But it is not the be all, end all of fly rods... Nor is Sage for that matter. Frankly, if I had that kind of money burning a hole in my pocket I think I'd be calling Mr. Burkheimer first.
     
  12. Anil

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    You should have cast it. You still may not have liked it, but you probably would have been surprised that with a line, they are not nearly as stiff as they feel when you just 'wiggle' them in a shop. I had the same first impression, until I cast one.
    A lot of guys are throwing these rods with integrated head lines like 'Outbounds' and the '40 plus', for that kind of work a faster rod isn't so bad.
    Anil
     
  13. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Anil,

    Oh, I'm sure it's great for decent sized coho with a 40+ on it. I have no doubts about that. I would like to cast it sometime. I know dang well that I would never use it as a cutthroat rod just by picking it up. If a person can't afford anything but one rod for the Sound, it would probably be a fine choice. But, if a guy wants to fish sea run cutthroat, I highly recommend getting a 5 wt. as a rod that can tolerate some wind and much more enjoyable for trout. Next time I'm by your shop, I'll give it a cast! I look forward to when some of these fly rod companies step back, smell the roses, and build some rods without Viagra in them instead of making all of them so frigging stiff!!:D
     
  14. chrome/22

    chrome/22 For him there whould always be the riddle of steel

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    I'm thinking the same way, building up a Batson RX-6 Forcast in the five, 590-4 mod-fast action in the saltwater style, putting on a black anodized reel seat & a small fighting butt. Think I will enjoy this rod when targeting SRC & all the smaller stuff too. Just need to find a good beach line to work w/ this stick....


    My everyday beach rods are the super-salt 6 /Redington CPX 696-4s Its good w/ the outbounds & 40+ lines, also carry a RS4 896-4 for when the wind comes up, or kings are in the mix, that RS4 casts sooo nice.



    c/22
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Now there ya go! You're working on a good setup. I have the CPX906-4s. I use it for coho. Why anyone would want to use this rod for cutthroat is beyond my imagination... I've tried it and it ain't fun. I'm sure the 6wt. Sage One is as stiff. They can keep the Viagra rods, I like to see my rod bend a little! :oops: