Re: Sage Xi3 rods
I cast the 8wt Xi3 and Hardy 8wt Proaxis back to back on a guided flyfishing trip.
The Xi3 can chunk a line a long way for sure. Does this well into a wind too. But for me difficult to load and control on the all so prevalent shorter casts. Just too fast for this work for my style.
The ProAxis is in same price range and did much better across the spectrum of casting distances. I did not have to be as quick to load on short casts and thus was able to place the fly more accurately.
But as others have said in this price point do try these rods out first.