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Old 09-21-2012, 12:24 AM
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Default Which spey rod? Sage One Vs Sage TCX

Hey guys I'm looking at saving some money to get a spey in the 12'6" 6wt for steelhead and similar fish. Any opinions between the Sage One and the Sage TCX ?

Also I think a 6wt 12'6" Spey Rod should be plenty for fall steelhead...........


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A 12' 6" 6 weight Spey rod is the norm for the Northern California Steelhead scene. It can cast Skagit and Scandi styles well.

I have not cast a Sage One Spey rod yet.

I have fished a Sage 7126-4 TCX. If you are looking for the ultimate Skagit fishing machine, this rod is it. It can throw those huge heads with heavy tips and big flies. I wrote a "first impression" type review here.

Sage makes a 6119-4 TCX switch rod. Everyone who I know who fishes them agrees that it is a true short Spey rod. They don't nymph fish with it because it is just to darn stiff.

A rod that I am seeing a lot of in NorCal and Southern Oregon is the Anderson Custom Rods 6129-4 STH. Gary Anderson is a rod builder based in Southern Oregon. His rods are beautiful works of art. They also cast beautifully, too. I find it to be a better Scandi rod, but it throws a Skagit head just as well.

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Default Re: Which spey rod? Sage One Vs Sage TCX

I know a lot of guys that have beulah switch rods and love them to death, they use them for atlantic salmon and the odd steelhead and handle them well
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Default Re: Which spey rod? Sage One Vs Sage TCX

I have a Winston BIIX 12' 6" 6/7. It's a great light rod. I bought it primarily for throwing a Scandi line for summer runs, but it handles a Skagit well too for tossing big flies for winter fishing.
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A rod that I am seeing a lot of in NorCal and Southern Oregon is the Anderson Custom Rods 6129-4 STH. Gary Anderson is a rod builder based in Southern Oregon. His rods are beautiful works of art. They also cast beautifully, too. I find it to be a better Scandi rod, but it throws a Skagit head just as well.

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Have this Anderson rod and it's a total delight for Summer run fishing. And Dennis is totally correct, this is a 'Scandi head' rod, NOT a Skagit IMHO.
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Default Re: Which spey rod? Sage One Vs Sage TCX

I have the 13,6 #8, Sage ONE and I love that machine almost as much as my wife. Maybe a bit bigger than what you were looking at, but suits me fine for Atlantic Salmon. It's a powerful rod when it needs to be, and I have great enjoyment from both tossing Scandi & Skagit with it.
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Default Re: Which spey rod? Sage One Vs Sage TCX

Well I have decided to get the Sage One #6. I got to mess around with the rod and I have to say is wow!

I have talked to a bunch of local guys to and some that are guides and they say I cant go wrong with the One for steelhead in Northern California.
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Good call on the rod and line weight. Perfect for the Sac, Russian (Healdsburg) and even the Chetco at normal 'lower water.' If you head north you'll find a 6 is all your really need on the Rogue as long as the flows (like now) are at/below the 1500-1600 cfs level.
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