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Asian or not is not something that I am worried about. As long as it is a quality rod. Thats also why I am interested in looking used. If a used Sage Xi2 is better than a new BVK and available for only a couple dollars more, I would not mind finding a good used Xi2.

Tell me about these Batson rods. I have never heard of them
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Two $300 rods I would add to the growing list here are both Korean-built but to very good quality standards are Tim Rajeff's ECHO3 and Rise Fly Fishing's Level Series. I have fished the ECHO3 in 9-weight and the Rise in #7 and found both to posses more character than our BVK #8. As stated above, good cork is not too much to ask for and ECHO3 uses very good, high density cork.

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Which Sage 5-weight did you feel compelled to overline and by how much?
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Which Sage 5-weight did you feel compelled to overline and by how much?
Sage Flight. I put Rio Grand line on it to slow it down for my cast. I could not throw regular WF5 at all with that rod. I put the Grand on there and it really woke the rod up. It gives more feedback and feel now. I felt like I had to constantly power through every cast just to feel a little flex.
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Asian or not is not something that I am worried about. As long as it is a quality rod. Thats also why I am interested in looking used. If a used Sage Xi2 is better than a new BVK and available for only a couple dollars more, I would not mind finding a good used Xi2.

Tell me about these Batson rods. I have never heard of them
Here is a link to their fly rod blanks

Batson Enterprises - Fly Blanks


They don't sell built rods, only blanks and components. I have the 9wt RX8 and am waiting on an RX7 2wt to finish being built.

One thing I like about them is you can call up and talk directly to one of the batsons. The rods are nice, strong and affordable.
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Sage Flight. I put Rio Grand line on it to slow it down for my cast. I could not throw regular WF5 at all with that rod. I put the Grand on there and it really woke the rod up. It gives more feedback and feel now. I felt like I had to constantly power through every cast just to feel a little flex.
I have the GPX on a 5wt TCX and its already an upline weighted line. Casting a regular 5wt on it wouldnt make the rod work. With the heavier line it really casts like a dream.

I have a Sage Vantage 8wt and Im very quiet pleased with the rod. I also have a Flight in 10wt and they cast darn near the same to me. The Flight seems to feel alittle more powerful but thats the biggest difference to me.
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TFO TICRx , but that is going to be heavier than what you are looking for, so go with a BVK. Both are 225-260 but you need to buy your own tube/case


OR the St Croix Imperial is going to do want you want, and it is right around 200 and made in the USA. great warranty and customer service from both stcroix and tfo
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TFO TICRx , but that is going to be heavier than what you are looking for, so go with a BVK. Both are 225-260 but you need to buy your own tube/case


OR the St Croix Imperial is going to do want you want, and it is right around 200 and made in the USA. great warranty and customer service from both stcroix and tfo
The TiCrX is TFO's fastest model, I believe. I have a TiCrX rated for a #6 line, and it is so stiff that it really needs a #7 or even #8 for me to be able to feel my casting stroke well. If you're thinking about a TiCrX for a #8 line, I would urge you to compare the #7 and #8 rods with a #8 line on them before you decide which to buy.

I have test cast the BVK in #8 and it's light enough, but it may not be fast enough for your taste.
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My dad passed away last October and I ended up with his St. Croix Imperial. I already own the same rod in the 5wt. The 8wt is a cannon and I would recommend it for most applications. $220.

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i have the sage rplxi execelent rod for steelies.
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A like-new Sage RPL+ 9'6' 8wt goes for around 275 on ebay. They are awesome. I have purchased two of them for that price, and you couldn't tell them from new. Why Sage ever quit making the RPL+ line is beyond me. But I do believe you would find it head and shoulders above any $300 retail new rod you can find.
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