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Trevor B 10-07-2006 12:59 PM

New Rod
I am thinking of building another rod for bonefishing, and would like to use a high end blank, ( if I am going to do it I want to do it right).
Any thoughts ideas,suggestions, tips as to what blank to use, bad experiences or good ones, any input will help
many thanks guys

FishHawk 10-07-2006 03:35 PM

I would use either a Sage, Winston or T&T . If you check the internet you can get a good deal on a Sage XP blank for short money as Sage has discontinued this product line. Hope this helps you out . FishHawk

Trevor B 10-07-2006 05:21 PM

Any idea how the Sage XP compares to the Xi2 ?

FishHawk 10-08-2006 07:49 AM

Xi2 is a much faster rod. I would suggest that you try before you build. FishHawk

Trevor B 10-09-2006 04:16 PM

Wish I could try both but that's not possible where I live , it's mail order or nothing here.
Hence the question as too the difference.

SDHflyfisher 12-17-2006 03:07 PM

the difference between the xp and Xi2 is that the Xi2 is built to fight fish better and has a stronger butt sections for big hard fighting fish and salt water

BigDave 12-18-2006 08:51 AM

About the XP and Xi2: I have both and to me the XP definitely has a faster action. The difference is more noticable when your'e casting a floating line into a 25mph wind on the flats. The Xi2 has a little more backbone for tossing sinking lines and lifting fish (although I have broken a couple). Each line has a sweet spot and for me it's 8wt for XP and 10wt for Xi2.

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