Re: Cool Water Trout Line for 5 wt. Sage XP?
I have no issue with the Mastery Textured or Airflo Ridge lines and love the SA Trout(Stalker) on my spring creek 4-weight (see review in the gear review section). However, I select a line to match a rod by correct loading weight and, especially, taper design. Both Gold & Expert Distance are extended head with elongated rear taper designs which are optimal for a powerful presentation rod like XP, Z-Axis and now ONE. They offer enhanced loop stability at distance and articulate presentation in close(ish) unlike GPX which hinges at distance and is clunky at more moderated distances. GPX is also nearly a full size heavy so at any distance it dulls tip response of the above rods which are all known for their classic Sage sharply responsive tips. Of course I am talking dry flies here...GPX, I assume, would be fine for bobber drifting. I wouldn't know about that.