Re: Z-Axis versus One versus Scott Radian...
Well, I still have yet to even see a Radian so I must limit my remarks to Z-Axis and ONE; both in 9'/#5 configuration. I love(d) my Z- ; it was my primary dry fly big river rod for a few seasons. It is remarkable in its ability to have a relatively soft tip yet recover quickly with almost no oscillation for precise presentations. But then the ONE was released. At first I wasn't so sure; clearly the ONE was more classically Sage in its fast taper but it was so light, slender and responsive. Can one say fast and delicate in the same sentence about a fishing rod? ONE has the kind of sensitivity that emanates from super low mass that crisply and unambiguously transmits every subtle movement of the assembled outfit. Transparent communication. It took a few trips to the river but ONE won me over with the purity of its responsiveness, it blackness, its anatomically superior cork grip providing a purchase for my thumb superior to a tapered Western style grip, its remarkable ability to form the tightest, straightest, fastest line speed loops to facilitate in-air and on-water articulate line management beyond compare...ONE is a big water, dry fly specialists ultimate presentation implement. If Radian is the same but more so, I'll rave about it next season. If it is its equal, perhaps it is my next 8 1/2'/#4 as the quest continues.