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Old 01-30-2005, 04:10 PM
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Various Kits Compared to Production Rods

Hello Dave, I have built two rods using the Hook&hackle XT51 blank a 6 wt. and a 2 wt. and have found they are some of the lightest/fastest blanks I have ever used would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a high-quality fast action rod. There comparable to a St. Croix Legent Ultra production rod in terms of action which a friend of mine uses. As for sage and Scott rods I had no experience used either. I have also use the hook & Hackle IM6 blanks they are also very nice blanks just with a medium fast action which some people prefer. You could compare these blanks with a Loomis GL3 or the St. croix Avid series. I have never used the Cabelas Cabelas SLi blank but I have used their FT series kits which was the first fly rod I ever built these are also a very good blanks but not quite as fast as the Hook&hackle XT51. It Is Really just a matter of preference and fishing style. I fish mostly in salt water this last year I've been using my XT51 6Wt. rod for striped bass and bluefish using Courtland 444 steady sink line and it has performed flawlessly especially in windy conditions. I hope this information helps you make a choice. Joe
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