04-19-2011, 03:49 PM
Re: Sage 6wt 99
Mikel, I approach this as a conversation about tools.
Every tool has strengths and weaknesses.
For example, the switch requires a bigger set stroke. It also makes fishing close-up problematic. Ya need to get a longer handled net too.
The 699 is a bit shorter, so, even though I might need to hold my arm higher to mend effectively, I can fish much closer, comfortably.
The 11' switch feels too big at some lower flows, just like a 9' rod feels smallish at larger flows. The 99 comes in between these zones.
The 99 is a bit lighter than the switch, which could be a factor for some when single hand fishing all day.
I often fish "too far away" with the switch, where the 99 will have less range, so I'll fish closer (and statistically better)..
Just another tool to me, but it fits the Truckee perfectly.
It's all about, "the tool for the job".
They say in the hand of a master, any object can be deadly.
I can catch fish on anything, willow, bamboo, glass, carbon, boron, long, short, whatever (not that I'm a master).
But he question is, what tool works best for me at the moment?
The joy for me is a new tool to apply, and figuring out what it does, or doesn't do.
"Standing in a stream fishing isn't reality avoidance,
more like a shortcut to reality."
Last edited by Bigfly; 04-19-2011 at 05:44 PM.