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Old 07-08-2012, 12:56 PM
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Default Mako Reel and Rod Matching

I'm trying to narrow my search for rods fitting a Mako 9550 and 9600. I'm thinking a 9 or 10 wt for the 9550 and 12 or 14 for the 9600. I will typically be going for permit, redfish, snook, and smaller tarpon with the 9550. Large tarpon, cobia, dorado, and tuna primarily for the 9600. I've been considering production saltwater rods like G. Loomis, Sage, Thomas and Thomas, and Orvis. I'm open to small custom shops and other makes as well. Thanks for your time!
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If you plan on casting some rods, add the Scott s4s and the Hardy ProAxis to your list.
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That's a couple of awesome reels your matching up there! IMHO, probably the best ever made. I met the guy who helped engineer the drag system on those reels at the Lancaster Fly Show. I was introduced by my TFO rep., and I am ashamed to say his name slipped my mind (the Charleton guy not my rep)...I seem to have a bad case of CRS.

I would take a real hard look at a Sage Xi3, or an Orvis Helios. This may be absolutely inane to mention given the reels you have, but the TFO Jim Teeny series in a 12 weight is a pretty nice stick, and the TiCrX in a 12 is tough as nails.

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Oh...and if your looking for a stick with some serious lifting power for those Tuna, try a TFO Blue Water heavy weight.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
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