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Old 03-24-2012, 12:32 PM
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Default SPL vs SLT for light line fly fishing

I saw a local ad near me for a guy selling a couple of Sage fly rods. I have a Sage SP 5 wt and would like to pick up a 4wt or 3wt for the small trout fishing streams.

I looked on ebay but can not find what the current market value is on these rods. Here are the rods and how much he is asking for them:

Sage SLT 389-4, comes with the factory rod tube and sock and it looks new and in exceptional condition $350

Sage SPL 484-3, comes with the factory rod tube sock, blank warranty card looks new exceptional condition $350

Sage SPL 383-3, comes with the factory rod tube and sock, great condition $300

Any advice? or are the prices too high?
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I would choose the 490 slt great lite trout rod they will cost you 350. to 400 dollars. true line weight rod.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:06 PM
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wolf -- I have a 9-0 4wt SLT and I love it, use it for 90% of my fishing. It is a wonderful dry fly rod, but nymphs well too. It has a nice medium action.

I also have a 282-3 SPL and what can I say...I love it too. But being a 2wt it is limited to casting dries and unweighted wets and nothing bigger than #12. It is a little "slower" I would say. But damn, it is dream to cast dries 30 feet with that rod.

I think either of those 3wts would be stellar small stream rods...and not just small fish rods. I wouldn't target big trout but either of those rods will handle 14-16" trout, the SLT would be a sweet spring creek stick for bigger fish. I guess it comes down to what you want it for, where you fish and if the extra 6" would help or hinder you. You can't go wrong with either.

I'd pay $350, that sound like a steal to me. The SLT was a $560 rod 5 years ago.
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Default Re: SPL vs SLT for light line fly fishing

Thanks for the feedback.


I have a Sage SP 586-3 that I bought years ago as a "all around" trout and light steelhead rod for northeastern US fishing. I use to live in western NY state. I'm looking for a slightly lighter weight rod for the smaller stream stuff. I'm tempted to go with the SLT 3 weight rod but the SPL 4 weight rod caught my eye, especially with the warranty card available.
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The 4wt is a great rod, versatile and to many - including me - an "all around" trout rod. Sure, I still want a 5 wt SLT but that is my problem!

I recommend you go with the 3wt, otherwise it just isn't enough difference...I mean you will feel a lot more like you're fishing a light, small stream rod with the 3 compared to your 5, than with the 4wt.

Hell, or you could buy both!
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My 3 weight is a 383-4 SLT. I learned from my Sage rep when I was in the biz that Sage took the full length blank of the 383 SPL and cut it into a four piece. If the 383-3 SPL performs anything like the SLT version, go for it. The rod is buttery smooth.

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Edit: Prices look about right for used gear.

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If I had 350 "extra" bucks laying around I'd buy the one you don't.
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Default Re: SPL vs SLT for light line fly fishing

Prices quoted are reasonable and about market for sticks in very good condition to excellent condition.

I just started fishing a SLT. Most of my fishing with it has been nymphing. I fished a midge hatch tonight with it and it was awesome as a dry fly stick. 490-4.
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I just started fishing a SLT. Most of my fishing with it has been nymphing. I fished a midge hatch tonight with it and it was awesome as a dry fly stick. 490-4.
Enjoy that rod, chi-digs. I've had mine for quite a few years and can't tell you how much I love it for nearly all of my fishing. Double nymph rigs, small streamers, but when you tie on a single dry...that's when you know it. As Mosca said above...like butter!
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Default Re: SPL vs SLT for light line fly fishing

I did the deal for the SLT. Rod is in mint/like new condition.

I'm tempted to go after the SPL 484-3, just to have a 4wt in the collection as a back up to an unexpected mishap with either my 5wt or my 3wt.

Is there any detriment to a 8'4" rod length in an SPL? The shortest rod I own is my SP 8'6" 5wt. Not going to use any of them on the big rivers, mostly northeast streams and rivers, medium to medium/small.
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