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Old 12-02-2006, 11:28 PM
ffffg ffffg is offline
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do i want to move up to a tip flex rod?

i have several ds and ds2 rods, in 5,7,8 9 foot.. they work great for me and wonder if i should try out a tip flex rod.. im looking at the sage zero gravity 5- 9.5 4 piece, and the winston boron llx in 5 weight.. any input will be appreciatied about the two rods, other rods in the same class, and the change i would be making from ds to a tip flex.. ,, i fish for trout in the 3-5 pound range, mostly nymphing in very deep water but would need to fish dry once in a while.... thanks.. dave
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:51 AM
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Difficult choice both very good rods. Take a look at a T&T Helix or the Horizion II now you'll really be confused. Best suggestion is to try them out before you buy. This happened to me. I was going to get a Sage until I tested out the T&T. The T&T has been the rod for me. All this being said TFO rods are nice casting rods for short money. Don't you like being confused about fishing tackle?
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:11 PM
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i like the sound of the boron IIx for nymphing. it is fast for a winston but not nearly as fast as the orvis 9.5. additionally, the tip is soft while the rest of the rod is quite stiff. i like that for nymphing because you won't miss many strikes as the soft tip will immediately react and on those occaisions when the fish strike with a vengance there is enough give in the tip so that light tippet won't break. and you have plenty of fighting power in the rod's mid and butt section. lastly, if you're fishing tandems with split shot and an indicator you'll appreciate the lack of tangles when casting the softer tip rod which widens the loop.
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Old 12-06-2006, 09:45 AM
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I think that you could adapt just about any rod to any technique. I like the two rods mentioned in your post, but for throwing tandem rigs and bobbers, there are two competeing intrests. A fuller flex casts that mess better, but a broom stick will make for faster sets. Niether are "tip flex".
If you are fishing deep for big fish, a six weight (or even a seven) will make life easier.
Get the sweeet casting rod and look for fish feeding on top. Both of those rods will throw the ugly stuff just fine.
One cast can change your day...maybe your life.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:17 AM
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As Eddie mentioned, no type of rod action has the upper hand over another type of action as far as the ability to toss line or flies goes. However, the type of rod a person prefers to cast and which is best suited to his casting style does. As Kush put it, "There are no magic bullets" when it comes to casting.

The best thing you can do is get a rod that best suits your perference in rod tip stiffness, flex profile, butt stiffness, recovery speed, and the way it move a load down the blank with increasing casting loads. Me, I like stiffer-tips, moderately stiff butts, fairly stiff flex profile that move a load down the blank in a pretty much linear fashion, fast recovery speed with a reserve of butt strength rods. As such, I like T&T Horizon, Loomis GLX, Lamiglas IM700, St. Croix Avid, etc. types of rods.
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