Your favorite rod.

SpudFly

Should be fishing
I didn’t read everything here, but my take is that I have been stuck on St Croix’s Imperial line for a decade.

I can afford more expensive rods, but I put a lot of faith in Yellowstone Angler’s shootout reports at one point. That report landed me my St. Croix five weight to start. Then a four. Then a three.

When I went to buy the five weight, the VERY SEASONED pro who owns the shop accidentally undersold himself. He brought me out in the parking lot to cast the Imperial five weight alongside a much more expensive Sage. I think his goal was to show me how much better the Sage would be, but...

He had obviously never had the Imperial in his hand before because he started making the kind of noises you might make over enjoying food that you paid a lot of money for. A lot of really “pleased guttural noises”. Some quiet “wows”. A few “oohs and aahs”. It was the kind of thing that made me realize, “oh yeah, he’s going to use an Imperial next trip, for certain (just to see if his parking lot demo transmitted to the river)”.

The Imperial line of rods has never let me down. All of them have been paired with Lamson reels.
 

tackleman

Active Member
Normally I'd say my Winston TMF for a 4 wt., but then I'd be leaving out my Redington NTi 5 wt. which is my SRC rod, and just discovered an absolutely delicious Sage RPL 7'9" 2 wt. that's been hiding in the tubes.
OOPS - need to mention some cane sticks to - - - - - -
 

Driftless Dan

Active Member
I have the same rod,. Greg, and hadn't fished it for a while until last weekend of the season here, and it was like meeting an old friend and finding you still have a lot to talk about.

But my favorite rod is my 7'11" 4 weight Sage LL (not the new one, although I've cast it and it's wonderful). I'm sure many here will agree, it's the rod that gives you confidence that you like best, and the LL is that rod for me. Narrow streams, spooky fish, many undercuts mean you have to fish 25 feet upstream, and cast to the very edge of a 6 foot wide stream to have any chance of getting a lunker. This is the rod that gives me the confidence to do that.
 

jfilip85

Active Member
Single Hander
Sage Z-axis 586-4

Everyone talks about the 590 but unless you are casting as far as you can, this rod blows it away. Such a pleasure to fish

Switch
Sage TCX 5119-4

More baby spey than true switch but the most enjoyable rod to fish a floating line on I have ever cast.

Full Spey
Sage X 8140

Hardware and fit/finish leaves a lot to be desired but the rod is so good, that can be easily overlooked. I fish this rod on all sizes of rivers, not just the big ones.
 

Darby

Active Member
PHW held a euronymph clinic on the Cedar this year. The instructor was the owner/designer of Master Nymph rods. I got to use his 10' 2wt. Although it's a specialized rod, I've never felt one that transfers feel like this one to the hand. We used 6x and 7x tippet and the rod was able to absorb every head-shake & run. They make a lake rod too, that I really want to try.
 

cmann886

Active Member
Single Hander
Sage Z-axis 586-4

Everyone talks about the 590 but unless you are casting as far as you can, this rod blows it away. Such a pleasure to fish

Switch
Sage TCX 5119-4

More baby spey than true switch but the most enjoyable rod to fish a floating line on I have ever cast.

Full Spey
Sage X 8140

Hardware and fit/finish leaves a lot to be desired but the rod is so good, that can be easily overlooked. I fish this rod on all sizes of rivers, not just the big ones.
 

Rock Creek Fan

Active Member
Maybe it is just me but looking at favorite rod lists/preferences here there is a strong tendency towards Moderate to Moderate-fast rods that are smooth and have soft tips yet a lot of backbone. Sage LL and RPL, Loomis rolled IM6, older Scott's, and of course fiber glass are mentioned a lot. The term for rod action has changed over the years. RPL's were Fast action but compared to today's rods I feel the fall into Moderate-fast. Quibble if you like but that is my opinion.

So are rod maker's missing the market with all these Fast action broomsticks with no 'life' feel of being able to play fish while protecting the tippet?
 

jfilip85

Active Member
Maybe it is just me but looking at favorite rod lists/preferences here there is a strong tendency towards Moderate to Moderate-fast rods that are smooth and have soft tips yet a lot of backbone. Sage LL and RPL, Loomis rolled IM6, older Scott's, and of course fiber glass are mentioned a lot. The term for rod action has changed over the years. RPL's were Fast action but compared to today's rods I feel the fall into Moderate-fast. Quibble if you like but that is my opinion.

So are rod maker's missing the market with all these Fast action broomsticks with no 'life' feel of being able to play fish while protecting the tippet?

I feel like that pendulum has already begun to swing back to the middle in recent years. Sage's newest fast action offering, the Igniter, is much softer than the Method which was softer than its predecessor the TCX. In a few short years when it's replaced, I'm assuming that trend will continue.
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
Several I’ll never sell, but the Epic 686 touches all the bags, and is a blast when hooked up. I still like a good fast action rod, but I’ve grown to love glass.
 

troutfly1

Member
My first graphite rod and still going strong......a Scott 904/4 for most trout
My first quality two-hander.....a Meiser MKS 13678 for winter steel head
Best rod for larger trout......Sage 690-4 XP
and so on......
 

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