Re: Sage Z-Axis question
Though Gold is the gold standard for modern Sage trout rods, SA TroutStalker and Expert Distance Taper (for those who prefer a quite line) are excellent too. Grande, which I have tried on both Z-Axis and ONE is clunky and overweighed for these rods but, after I rejected it, found a perfect home for it on my friend's TFO BVK #5 where it is just the ticket. GPX has a very short rear taper behind its half heavy head and is fine for non-dry fly power tossing I imagine but just will not promote loop stability at distance where it is prone to hinge and loose accuracy and mending acumen. I have been won over by ONE, as I have said before, but remain of the opinion that softer tipped Z-Axis is a brilliant rod with added flexibility for in close presentations. As Frank said above, it is crucial to build leaders that turn over effectively, controllably and promote optimal transfer of energy from line tip to leader butt.