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Old 11-28-2012, 02:58 PM
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Diver Dan, You have awakened us to Flying Pig, I too am intrigued. However, as I observed in the thread on Orvis cane, I believe rod designer not brand is a decisive rod performance factor and, as your last experience with Sage was a decade ago, I encourage you to revisit some of Jerry Siems newer work. True, Xi3 presumably are to be replaced at some point in the not distant future with a series built around their new Konnetic technology, but they are still really nice rods as are the super-fast TCX models.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:37 PM
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Chip, I too am a TCR/X fan and I can encourage Dan to cast one because he is highly experinced. But by Sage's own addmission it is not a rod series for everyone and I am loath to reccomend it to less than accomplished anglers. Even then, they are specialty sight fishing instruments.
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Nobody is mentioning the Beulah Blue Water Series rods I've noticed. Anyone else have some experience with them? That's another rod that I absolutely love for slingin' chickens.
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Redington Predator is another good chicken slinger.. though i'm usually slinging rabbits with mine
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:35 PM
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Diver Dan, You have awakened us to Flying Pig, I too am intrigued. However, as I observed in the thread on Orvis cane, I believe rod designer not brand is a decisive rod performance factor and, as your last experience with Sage was a decade ago, I encourage you to revisit some of Jerry Siems newer work. True, Xi3 presumably are to be replaced at some point in the not distant future with a series built around their new Konnetic technology, but they are still really nice rods as are the super-fast TCX models.
It was actually a bit more than a decade and in modern fly rods that is a lifetime I will admit. Oh and to top it off, I don't think those rods were anywhere near new either. So who knows, I could be judging them on rods in the two decade old area. It really soured me on them though. If I ever run across someone that has one up here or where I go, I will give them another chance. The odds of running into someone up here is right about on the same odds as finding Jimmy Hoffa.

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Redington Predator is another good chicken slinger.. though i'm usually slinging rabbits with mine
I'm a big fan of the rabbit as well. Here is Reynold's Pike fly done the way I tie them. The tail is longer than it looks here. I did a bad job with the photo and have a bit of the tail behind the vice.
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You get me out on Rainy to chase some monster 'Eyes, Dan, and I'll make sure you get your hands on a newer Sage rod. Deal?
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You get me out on Rainy to chase some monster 'Eyes, Dan, and I'll make sure you get your hands on a newer Sage rod. Deal?
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If you check out flyingpigflyrods.com, they have a very aggresive tapered 8wt. These rods are hand-build and the blanks are designed by a member of this forum, pegboy1. Everything from the guides to the deep, dark blank is unique. Its a wonderful casting for and it's price tage is around the $200 marker. They are worth it. I'm going after pike and musky with mine. Seriously, check it out. I put a 400grain WF10 Ambush line on the seven weight (accidently sent to me) and it handled it with ease. It didn't feel like it was over-loaded. So, these rods are meant for some serious business. This is my two sense. Another person to ask would be Diver Dan. He also has an 8wt.
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Interesting info. Which model of Flyingpig do you use for pikes? I found only one serie on their www site.
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Interesting info. Which model of Flyingpig do you use for pikes? BR
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I got the 9' 8wy liqued series rod. It would be plenty good for Pike. It would feel better for a caster that might not be a more accomplished caster if you onverline it a weight. Just because it is so darned fast and the recovery is something to see. Someone posted a video of some guy casting a rod with about twice the number of guides I put on a rod and it had all kids of counterflex/wave stuff going on. You don't get a bit of that with this rod. I've got a couple of lines I can't wait to try on this rod. One is a saltwater line but that will be about June before its warm enough here for it to stopp looking like a badly made slinky. I also have a MED coming. That Barrio GT125 I have on it is a seriously fun line to cast on it but it would be nice to try a couple of others. I think if you put something like a SA Mastery Pike taper in a 9 on it you could put a pretty big fly all the way to the end of the line without a lot of difficulty. Unfortunately I didn't get the rod till we turned into a freeze box. It has been even colder than they keep prediction. It was supposed to get down to 13 and right now it's 7. Usually it's even worse. I can tell it's going to be a seriously cold winter. It's already in that pattern.
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Default Re: Pike rod - TFO?

To tap into that, I'm still waiting for my 8wt lines to arrive. I've ordered a rio pike taper 8wt and a full lake sinking line. Just for thought though, I put a 7/8 rio switch line on the the 7wt flying pig rod that accidently got sent to me. The head weight is somewhere around 500 grains at around 55 foot. It was just begining to load the rod with the head out. I could do a single hall and launch it 80ft. Quite fun to do... 500 grains is a little over-powering. I would stick within the 280 - 400 grain range. I have divers and long tarpon flies that I'm going to use for pike. I have no doubt that the liquid 8wt will turn them over.
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