What 7/8 rod for under $500 are happiest with?

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  1. skitterbug

    skitterbug Member

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    What rods have you been satisfied with for under $500, which ones for use with a Skagit line, Scandi line. A rod that works with most lines?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Steffan Brown

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    You might be able to find a Z-axis 7136 or 8129 for that, now that they are discontinued. I have the 8129 and it throws both a skagit and afs lines with ease. I love it.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine would be the used Sage Z Axis 8129 that I got a few years ago for $500 or $550. Makes me look like I know what I'm doing, and I really don't have a clue.
     
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  5. Wadecalvin

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    Beulah Classic are nice rods at under 500$
    Redington Cpx...probobly the Prospecter sereies too
    TFO Deer Creek are nice.
    What length and weight are you thinking?
     
  6. Rick Todd

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    Echo makes some awesome rods in that price range. After casting one, I just ordered a 10'10" 6wt switch-beautiful rod that looks like it should cost a lot more. Rick
     
  7. skitterbug

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    I have a Amundson windwarrior 12'6" 7/8 weight, I'm just not sure about the action or whether it's a decent rod. Looking to upgrade eventually, after I slowly save up enough dough. And a good used rod is in the cards aswell.
    What lines are you throwing on the z axis 8129?

    Only interested in spey rods, not interested in switch rods.

    Thanks
     
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    Madison River fly co. currently has a good deal on the Sage Z-axis...
     
  9. Ed Call

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    Throwing a custom Steve Godshall 575 grain line on mine. Started with an Airflo 600 and then backed it down a touch and Steve shortened mine a touch too.
     
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    That rod rocks with a Rio AFS 7/8 , or an Airflow Compact Scandi in the 450 grain range .
     
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    What tips are you throwing with the afs and compact scandi?
    What action would you consider the wind warrior have?

    thanks cmann for the link
     
  12. macSuibhne

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    When I was looking at buying a used Z-87129 recently, I talked to Chris Anderson at Sage and he told me that it was one of his favourite rods. He said that a Skagit 625 was about perfect on the rod.

    When I bought the rod, I received a 600 Skagit Compact with it. Rather than ignore the "free" line I decided to try it. I put a T-11 tip on it and it casts beautifully. Makes me feel like a Jedi...near-as-nevermind effortless.
     
  13. Steffan Brown

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    I'm throwing a 600 gr. Skagit Flight and an 8/9 AFS. Although after spending the summer with my 6 wt. VXP, I'm now looking at going down to a 570 Compact Skagit or taking Ed's advice on contacting Steve Godshall.
     
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    I only use 10 foot poly leaders with these lines . Pick your sink rate .
    The action is fairly fast - especially the upper third of the blank . If you`ve ever cast a Loomis Stinger in the 12.5 foot configuration , you`d find the actions eerily similar .
     
  15. skitterbug

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    Thanks Brian, I've heard the max with the AFS line is t-8 10', are you going heavier than that?

    Thanks for the feedback Steffan, Ed, Rick and Macsuibhe. I guess other than the Z Axis 8129, people aren't satisfied with their rod for under 500 ;-).