Re: First fly rod
Still mistaking price for best. You can go get a Winston that is every bit as top of the line as the Sage is but will be easier for her to learn on. In fact, based on the Winstons and Sage rods I have seen I think Winston has the better quality.
OK, let me try this way. I have been trying to get a video done for the way to often "I can't cast past 40'" comments I see way to often. All I wanted to do was get a 10-2 cast with no haul. I tried to do it with a very fast rod with a really fast recovery. I can't get my body to knock off all the things that you need to do to get a good cast with a rod like that. In my head I am doing a 10-2 no haul cast. I look at the video and I am going flatter and flatter as I carry more line. My wrist which I was trying not to use is not only being used, but used for late rotation. I am doing a subconscious haul as well. It's not big but it is a haul. I am going to have to use a different rod to do it just because I keep adding the things to the cast you need to do to use a rod like that.
Now when you are learning to fly, you don't step into the cockpit of a fighter jet. Even fighter pilots didn't start off in a fighter jet. They started off in something that required fewer things to pay attention to. Now I am not saying you can't start off in a fighter jet, but they don't do it in order to reduce the number of people flying them into the ground.
If she starts off with a rod that accomplished casters call unforgiving, she will likely fly it into the ground and walk away. There seems to be a large amount of confusion as to what quality and price have in relation to right and usable. Let me clear that up for you. ZERO.
I'll tell what you can do if you want to see if a rod like that is the right one for her. Buy the 5 wt from Flying Pig Rods. That's Pegboy's company. I have the 8 wt. and I am sure it is every bit as fast and has as fast a recovery as the One does. If the One is any faster then absolutely you don't want to learn on it. But buy his rod, and try it. It will save you almost a grand. If I am wrong I'll buy the 5 off of you and you can get the One.