I want to purchase a fast rod for pike. Currently i have a Fenwick 8 wt med-fast rod, but i want to change tracks
I've put my eyes on these 3 rods: 9wt from Sage , and 8wt from TFO, both of them; BVK and TiCrX. What do you think, or if you have one of these rods, and if you use them for pike...i'm open for all
I was trying to decide between an 8wt TiCrX or a BVK recently for pike, bass, and for fishing Puerto Penasco. I chose a BVK and I truly love it for all of that, but if I was just gonna use it for chucking large pike flies I would have gone with a TiCrX or even an AXIOM over lined by 1 line weight.
Check Ebay for deals on all of those.
One cool think about the 8 wt TiCrX is that later you can buy a conversion kit for $150 that turns it into an 11 foot 2 hander.
Okay. I also would go with the BVK, but...i have a pin on my back on this. On their site, they mention the Lifting section, which classified the BVK, in the "Less" category.
I intend to use the rod in the Danube Delta (Romania), and in Serbia, where the lakes are covered with vegetation, and if the pike comes with a green garniture...i might need some help
So, while we're talking TFO, I'll toss another idea in. The Clouser. I casted one this spring and was very impressed.
I have a 7wt BVK and an 8wt Axiom and I am very pleased with them both. I know that comparing the two is comparing tangerines and oranges, but I think the Axiom is more of a horse while I have more touch (and I snicker at the notion that I have "touch") with the BVK.
I'd sure like to spend more time with a Clouser, though. Trade show casting pools just ain't good enough.
I have the Flight and sold a BVK after I bought it. I liked the BVK but for me it was not very accomodationg rod if I had to cast below 30'. I also didn't care for the minimalist reel seat, I don't travle with reel on rod. The tiny rings are hard to tighten with wet/cold fingers.
The Flight just seems a better balance of speed/distance and good manners with closer casts. Like the reel seat with the polymer portion withing the rings.
Can't prove it but seems "stronger/backbone" for when/if I have to clamp down on the line and horse a fish out of the weeds. I find myslef doing this wadefishing for redfish and specks. No experience fishing for pike but I'd bet taht situation would be common. I've heard this is where the TiCrX shines.
Having said all that the BVK is a fine rod, I could not afford to own both.
You can still find the Flights on sale in the net for almost same price as the BVK.
I have a BVK 10wt with the BVK Reel and SA Titan Taper. If you're looking for some serious distance, to get your fly back in the water and fishing again, I can honestly say that, with a dalhberg diver, it only takes a couple of false casts to get that fly back out around 70'. The 10wt is a rocket and seems like a great weight for muskie/pike! That's just my suggestion...
On another note, you might look up Flying Pig Rods. According to Diver Dan (feel free to quote me if I'm wrong) the ERN on the Flying Pig liquid 8wt is 9.66? That would be a serious bug launcher and at around $200, you can't beat it! I would assume that with an ERN like that, that fighting those hogs would be a breeze!