07-17-2008, 12:15 PM
I'm in the market for my first real saltwater rod. I live in Massachusetts, so I'll be using it primarily for stripers and blues. I'll fish from shore (beach/jetties) and from boats. What's a good choice for a first rod? I'm thinking something like the sage xi2 in 9 wt or 10 wt, but I'd be interested in hearing others' thoughts. Is a two-hander worth considering or is it too specialized for an all-purpose saltwater rod?
Go with a high qual 9x9 first then consider others.
Juro of course is right. There is a plethora of high end rods out there with a variety of actions. Depending on your casting style, and experience, I'd suggest you try a variety of rods before pulling the trigger. If you are on the elbow of the cape at the end of August, I've got several rods that you can try to fit your style of casting. If you are in the market now, suggest you contact one of the forum's sponsors and cast different rods that compliment your casting style.
I'm a big fan of the Sage Xi2, but some of my buds that are great casters defer to the Winston and T&T rods. Tell me more about your experience flycasting and maybe we can hone in on more succinct recommendations.
07-18-2008, 12:17 PM
Thanks Juro and Jim
I've been flyfishing for about 15 years. My favorite rod is my 5 wt Sage XP. After that, it's probably my 13 ft T&T Spey rod. I also have a Sage RPL+ in 8 wt (don't really enjoy casting that all that much, but I've used it for freshwater bass and pike and an occasional striper for years) and a Sage Largemouth (which I just bought and I like, though it feels completely different from my XP)--plus a bunch of low- to medium-end Orvis 5 and 6 wts, which I use as back-up trout rods.
I cast a Winston Boron rod a couple of years ago and really liked the feel of that, too (I was choosing between that and the Sage XP--I went for the Sage because it had a bit more backbone for distance, but I keep thinking I'll get the Winston in a three weight sometime for more delicate presentations).
I guess I'm thinking that I'd like the XP-style for saltwater. I can cast that far and accurately even in pretty strong wind.
Thanks for all the advice
Since I am building my own now I do not use my factory built rods very much - if at all. I have a #10 Sage XP 9' 4pc., which is in very good condition. I haven't used this rod in some time. If you are interested for $300 + actual shipping cost I would part with it. If you want pics send your email address.
I also have a Sage TCR (saltwater) #6.
07-22-2008, 11:09 PM
Hi Herb, and thanks for the offer. I spent some time casting rods today and am trying to figure out which I like best. I thought I'd go with a Sage initially, but I was surprised to discover how much I liked the Loomis CC in 10 wt and now I'm leaning more toward that. I suspect that's what I'll get, but if I change my mind, I'll drop you a note.
No problem. If the CC is the GLX model, try an 11wt line. I would also try the #9 rod. BTW, the Loomis CC (especially the GLX) and the XP are at the opposite end of the spectrum re action.