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Old 02-15-2013, 06:28 AM
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I will tell you that if and when you ever feel like you want a $700.00 rod and get one you can fish with what many consider the worlds finest and if you take care of it sell it for a good amount if need be.
Or wait till they discontinue if for the latest and greatest little improvement and buy it on clearance for $350.

I have assembled quite a nice quiver over the years of former top-of-the-line rods and reels that I bought used or on closeout for a fraction of their original list prices. They still fish just as well as they did when they were first introduced. And with the shortening of product life cycles that seems to be occurring, there are more bargain opportunities every season.

(I regret not buying any Z-Axises or ZXLs for myself over the last couple of years when they were being dumped, but a lot of people got a lot of great rods at great prices during that product turnover.)
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I have read every post on this topic and am exhausted. What I take from all of this is that there are some very passionate people here willing to defend their choice of rods. The knowledge of the various rod builders displayed here is amazing. I am taking notes on some of the comments and tend to agree with a variety of points made here. I started purchasing Sage rods in the early 90s but recently picked up a new Hardy Zenith and love the looks and feel of it. I have not been able to get out and cast with it but I don't think that I will be disappointed. I think that I have been more of a gear junky than a fisherman at times but certainly not to the point where I would throw $1300 for a new "Artisan". Whether the rod is made in the US, England or Korea doesn't really matter to me as long as the quality and cast suit me.. the owner. To each his own and as they say.."beauty is in the eyes of the beholder".
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As I've said before, I'm in the camp who believes this is largely a blondes vs brunette a vs redhead debate.

If you are sitting in the middle of winter and get a stupid grin on your face just thinking about fishing your favorite rod this past summer or fall, you have the right rod for you.
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