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Old 11-17-2009, 05:06 PM
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Default Sage Z-Axis Roll Casting

I took my camera along this afternoon, and attempted to video my 9' 5wt Z-Axis. I was casting with 10 feet of line out of the tip, a 7.5' 4X leader, and
a #12 Green Weenie with an indicator. Casting while looking through a camera
wasn't easy, but I just wanted to show the Z-Axis works well in close .

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Frank, for what it's worth, The Z axis seems to be designed to come on line at 50-60 ft with the line of the same weight as the rod weight. Going with one, or two weights up, facilitates much closer working distances ( I asked the Sage rep) and my testing backs this up. For the switch, it is three weights up. As a photo guy, I got great visuals with you casting and shooting. Always raise the bar!
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Default Re: Sage Z-Axis Roll Casting

I made that video because there was a question about whether a rod such as the Z-Axis was capable of making short
and accurate roll casts. I've been using the 9' 5wt Z-Axis for a while, and I've
used it pretty much exclusively for the past 2 months. The stream in the
video comes off a larger lake, and I tend to fish both on the same day. The
Z-Axis works great on both. I've never used anything but a SA GPX 5wt line
on the rod, and it does require a change of technique to cast in close. In
fact, I wasn't impressed at all with the rod during the first week, and nearly
returned it. I read somewhere that the Z-Axis casts well "off the tip", and
that changed everything. After catching a couple of stocked rainbows yesterday afternoon, I decided that if I were limited to one rod, it might be
the 9' 5wt Z-Axis. I was able to get out on the lake at around 4pm today, and
caught a nice 14" rainbow. The wind was absolutely howling, and changing
directions. I was able to hit the mark in close and out far, and into and with
the wind. It's become a great rod for me !

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Frank, I have three 9ft. Z's and an older XP for guiding, and personal use. Love them! (When the client breaks off, I can hand them the same rig in a flash, with no casting difference.)
The next rod will be a 10 ft 6wt. Z. for streamer and bobber fishing on medium size waters, just say switch for everything else. Next time you feel like buying a line, maybe go up one wt., you may like it. I got a 6wt steelhead/salmon from Rio, much improved the roll casts and such over the weight forward (distance) style. Sounds like you have discovered that the Z's take' some adjustment, but once you do, Ooooooo.
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