Originally Posted by MoscaPescador
Here's a comment that I put in one of your threads.
Yea I love that ZXL feel, Dennis. It's a rod that sings to me when I cast it.
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Originally Posted by dean_mt
Hi Mike, I can't make the comparison because I have never fished a ZXL but I have been fishing the SLT for many years. I love it. I can only assume that the ZXL is a bit faster, since that is the way rods are "improved" it seems.
What do you fish with now? What is your casting style? What size rod are you looking at? Sorry for all the questions...one more, how is the Chicago winter this year? I grew up straight across the lake, I pity you having to winter in Chicago.
I fish the following as my primary trout rods in WI for trout:
388-4 Loop Opti Creek - dry flies, small nymph high sticking, small indie fishing. A blast to fish and a great rod to boot.
486-4 Sage ZXL - My primary fly rod for nymphing size 12 and under and dry fly fishing.
490-4 Sage Z-Axis - use it when I'm on water that I want to throw more line, small streamer fishing, indie nymphing and dry fly fishing
590-5 Sage Z-Axis - When "the fan" is on all day. Streamers, larger multi nymph rigs.... but it can really do it all. I don't use this rod for a lot of WI fishing because it's a lot of rod for the size fish I'm catching. Primary western rod for larger rivers in CO and the Sierras.
Steel and Salmon rods are another story...
I was looking at a SLT to slide in to the 3 wt. 4 wt. category. I bought a Sage 389 LL and would pounce on a good deal for a ZXL 3 wt. in a second. But a SLT in a 3 might be a nice stick. I started looking for some older Sage rods from a collector perspective but most importantly, as a fisher perspective. If there's a place in the quiver for one, I think they're a beautiful stick. But if they're "that close" to the ZXL, I'm not going to add one, and I'm going to add a 3 wt. ZXL and a 5 wt. ZXL because I love the one I fish so much.
The Chicago winter has been quite mild so far this year - as Chicago winter's go. No snow yet and I've only put on the hat and gloves a couple of times so far. Only in the teens once so far... I'll be fishing this weekend in WI for Steel... they're not frozen yet. They were iced solid this time last year. Hope it stays this way
With respect casting style, I like medium fast rods/fast rods... but I want to vary my stroke, fish rods that are a little slower, bend deeper in the blank... which is one of the reasons I'm looking at rods outside of my "confort zone." To me, it's about learning and experiencing different things on the water... the rod choice is another part of the equation to say... do I want to soften it up a bit today... who knows. Maybe I'm just OCD and bored so I'm buying fishing gear.