Originally Posted by sweetandsalt
If I am not mistaken, VPX is a modernized riff on RPL, more contemporary graphite but very similar taper. As such, like most Sage rods, it should not be over lined. As I have written before, I dislike SA'a GPX for its weight and clunky taper design, prone to unstable loop formation and hinging at distance. However, I am surprised by pre-mature coating deteriorization...SA is among the best coating formulator there is. I fished RPL #5 (and 8) for years and my preferred line after considerable switching about was SA'a Mastery Expert Distance Taper. They have recently "modernized" this line's taper to make it more delicate. OK, fine. That would make me want to compare it to RIO's Gold which fishes very effectively on Sage's current flagship 5-weight (RPL was the flagship in it day), ONE.
Good stuff, I haven't used rio gold yet on any of my rods, but that seems to be the common suggestion. def worth looking into and testing one out, I just figured the lighter line may effect my nymph and streamer delivery a bit, even so thanks for the suggestions fellas.