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: AUS bloke needs help please, selecting a SAGE rod

09-10-2006, 11:35 PM
Hi There,
This is my first post, so, a big Hello to everyone from down under.

I have been fly-fishing over 5 years now, although there is a serious draught going on in Aus, not much water left in damns to fish anymore. Of to New Zealand that’s why occasionally.
Anyways, it is time for me to get a decent rod & reel combo, as the current one I use is middle range product.

I would like to buy a SAGE brand rod purely because I heard a good things about it and my friends brand of choice, however, bit confused about the model.

I will be fishing with this rod mostly in New Zealand, large rivers or lakes, where many big trouts live.

I think I need 7 or 8wt line/rod.
I like the fast action,
Fresh water only,
Length around 9'6'' and 10'0''
3 or 4 piece, single handed
I will buy this rod from US, possibly ebay, as these rods cost fortune in AUS. I accept that lifetime warranty will only work in US
Fishing for trouts anywhere between 4-20lb
Either dry or wet flies

I have been looking at Sage website and found below rods may be suitable,

796-4 XP, 7100-4 XP, 896-4 XP, 8100-4 XP
7100-4 TCR, 890-4 TCR
796-4 SLT, 7100-4 SLT, 896-4 SLT, 8100-4 SLT

I have very limited experience with Sage rods, and haven’t had a chance to read great deal of reviews about above models.

Can you please suggest which would be the best suitable for my case?

Also, it will be great to hear a suitable reel for your suggestion.

Thanks for your help


Max Ungun

09-11-2006, 07:04 AM
Max, I am quite satisfied with the Sage VT2 series. I own a 4 wt and it is quite impressive given that it is a "value" rod.

09-13-2006, 07:12 AM
The XP has been discontinued so you should be able to get them on line at a good savings. FishHawk

09-13-2006, 07:52 AM
The 796-4 XP sounds like a nice setup for NZ.

You might drop member salmogardneiri a PM, he goes there every year.

10-08-2006, 07:44 AM
would bet xp best bet given your desires and location. not so sure you need bigger than 9 foot for single hander. i think the fast action timing better in 9 foot and easier to balance with current reel weights for your quarry. also think you should get more than 2 pieces since this xp 7w will make a great travel/flats rod as well. great deal in xp for anyone out of usa or in need of these great middleweight rods. my 7w rplxi is my workhourse for steelies, sea run browns, stripers, and bones. rplxi is also discontinued and a lil softer than the xp. another great rod when not considering warranty for usa. hardy angel 7/8 for exclusive fresh water (love that awesome outgoing click for trout)or tibor everglades for all water are my current very well balanced reel choices.