All I'm doing is strongly calling BS on your close minded opinions about the gear you use. There is a world of new rods and lines out there since the 7136 and 7141 came along. Things have improved tremendously in lines too. Anybody who always advocates one or two specific OUT OF PRODUCTION rods matched to one specific line system is providing valuable input for what? And NEARLY every time anybody posts something differing in opinion about rod length, line weight, or head length you immediately have a rebuttal attempting to discredit the information. Right back to the old BS argument of you determining what an angler 'needs'. Don't you think it a bit smart to find out exactly how the angler is intending to fish? Where? What are their prefered method(s)? How much overlap? What kind of rod action they prefer in the single hand world? What their ultimate goal might be 5-10-20 years down the road? Be able to accurately give credible real life information on several rods and makers ranging from noodle slow to ultra fast in several lengths to cover the anglers intended use?
Can you effectively move from 5wts to 11 wts, 10' to 17', Skagit heads to Scando to long bellies (and everything inbetween- using the various casting methods that best suit the line system), ultra fast action vs noodles? And be able to cast each rod and line system by nailing 9/10 casts with tight loops, high line speed, and have it ALL turn over before softly falling to the water? There are plenty of casters (some of which are the best in the world) that frequent this site (and more specifically the other one) that can and do all of the above. I honestly think you're oblivious to who these people are...and it might do you some good to continue your learning. Or are you just that good?
Guess bigtj has never seen one of the reels Inland builds himself. They are much better than any I have seen from Sage, and they make beautiful music. They only place I would not use one is in Alaska, they would draw bears from a long distance.
These reels look cool but aren't inexpensive . . . if I were to spend this type of coin on a reel, part of my top selection criteria would be a company that it's in for the long haul and may be around in the next few years, not doing it as a hobby . . .
I stumbled across this while searching on Google for info about the original Sage 506.
I have one and five spare spools. I bought my reel from the old Kaufmanns shop in Bellevue so long ago that my reel serial number is 0088. I was an early adopter. It is a Hardy and Hardy made some classics.
Some of my spare spools were redesigned slightly from the original. It is a fine reel for this design which is basically well over 75 years old so it could not possibly be the best reel in it's size since the fly reel of today has been fundamentally redesigned with better brakes, bearings and radial arbor or whatever the design is called which pushed the line further out from the axis around the radius.
But it is a sweet reel. If I was starting over I would buy a modern design but I am almost as old as this Hardy design and it will continue to serve me well for the rest of my life.
It still sings the familiar hardy song when a nice fish is making a run letting everyone know you have a "Fish On!"
I bought my ex-wife a Hardy Marquis reel and spare spools and it wasn't nearly as nice to my way of thinking as my Sage 506. Not that it wasn't also a good reel back then, too.
It seems like after the movie, "A River Runs Through It" came out it changed the fly fishing ethos forever and not necessarily in the best of ways. Fly fishing boomed, river crowding in the West became a plague and courtesy took a real nose dive. Of course, much of the rude tone of on line discussions is due to the anonymity of hiding behind screens.
My Sage Rods and reel goes well
with my Insul-dry Deluxe Float Tube. It identifies me as one of the old ones.