Re: Cool Water Trout Line for 5 wt. Sage XP?
I use a Rio Gold 5wt on my 9'6" 5wt XP and I love it. Generates great line speed, shoots line amazingly, casts dries very accurately 40-50' also handles streamers quite well.
This is a new rod to me this spring. I was a pretty persistent "moderate" slow action rod guy, a Sage SLT 9' 4 wt being my rod of choice for the past 10 years or so. I say "was" because the XP has really opened my eyes. I took the SLT out for some small river fishing last weekend and I really had to readjust my expectation of the cast. I still love the slow cast and deep bending rod, but I now appreciate the accuracy and line control that a fast rod like the XP offers.
I think you would loose a lot of that by over lining to a 6 wt.