RE:Sage new 9140
Juro, I don't know if you saw my post regarding this rod in the Spey rod thread from earlier in the week, but I love this rod. Sage just sent me one to test and as I wrote earlier, it's considerably lighter, and more important, feels much more alive in the hand on the swing. I also think it helps me throw a tighter loop, so I'm a big fan. In fact, I'm currently trying to think of excuses for not sending it back! The one I have has a longer foregrip on it, and I've heard they moved it back to the original length since this particular rod was made--I like the long handle as it moves the balance point under my natural casting position. On the old rod, I move my hand up so my front two fingers are off the grip and on the blank when I fish. The length does make it tough to get back under your elbow (and around overloaded vest) after you cast. My suggestion to them was to make the handle somewhere in between the two lengths in the future, but who knows. Anyway, as I stated in the previous post, I may be biased due to the fact that I'm working for Sage now, but I think this is an awesome rod. I highly recommend it, as well as the new 7136-4, which recieved the same redesign treatment and upgrade to the higher modulus graphite IIIe. Great rods, everyone--go out, get your hands on one and let me know what you think.