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Old 02-19-2013, 02:51 PM
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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

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The ZXL line is the successor to the old LL line, and has a gentler action than the Z-Axis, its faster cousin from the same generation of models.

I haven't compared the two side-by-side, but I would guess that the 7'6" 4 LL and the 7'6" 4 ZXL are pretty similar and designed for the same conditions, except that the ZXL comes in 4 pieces rather than 2.

So if that's the case, the reason to get a ZXL is for those times when you want to break it down small and go bushwhacking into remote spots, or when you want to take it on a plane, or if you just can't pass up a bargain, or if you just like the allure of something newer. Otherwise your LL is doing pretty much the same job already.

(On the other hand, there is the old rule of thumb is that the number of rods that you really need is one more than you have right now.)
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:19 PM
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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

As far as I know, the ZXL is the successor to the SPL, which in turn, was the heir to the SP, which I think was the decendent of my old RPL.

But heck, what do I know?

I just can't get my head around a 7'6" ZXL. No matter how much I dwell on it the length just doesn't match the wt for my purposes.

I think at this point, I will buy her 9', 4 piece, 5wt, ZXL. She is asking a $100.00 more for this rod, but I believe it is more practical for my uses, and at $250.00 it is still not a bad deal for a rarely used rod.

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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

You can't go wrong with those prices on any ZXL. But I see your point about the 7'6". I would definitely prefer one that costs more but expands my range, over one available at a deeper discount that I didn't anticipate using. Especially if they are both pretty sharply discounted!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:45 PM
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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

Well first off for $150 buy it, you can always sell it for that if not more.

I fish a ZXL in the 7'6" 3wt version and it is my dry fly rod. It has enough backbone to not be considered slow but it also can really delicately place a dry fly where you want it. I have the 7'10" TXL in 3wt and that is more my dry dropper, smaller nymph rigs on small stream rods. I have landed 15" browns regularly on it no problem what so ever.


I personally love the ZXL and even cast the new circa by sage and thought while its a beauty it isn't $700 better than the ZXL.


Just my $.02 and I'm a gear junkie but for $150 I'd grab it in a heart beat.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:21 AM
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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

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As far as I know, the ZXL is the successor to the SPL, which in turn, was the heir to the SP, which I think was the decendent of my old RPL.

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The ZXL followed the SLT, not the SP. The SLT was built during the same run as the IIIe Graphite XP. You could say it's similar to the ZXL being built with the Generation 5 Technology during the same run as the Z-Axis. The SPL was not the heir to the SP, they were built the same time. Similar logic applies to the SLT/XP; ZXL/Z-Axis. The SPL was, the SP "Light". Similar to the RP and the RPL, VPS/VPS Light.

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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

You know the adage, " a woman will buy a $2 item she doesn't need because it is on sale for $1 but a man will pay $2 for a $1 item because he needs it". Well I propose you get in touch with your feminine side and just buy the rod. You will fined you really did need it after all!
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You know the adage, " a woman will buy a $2 item she doesn't need because it is on sale for $1 but a man will pay $2 for a $1 item because he needs it". Well I propose you get in touch with your feminine side and just buy the rod. You will fined you really did need it after all!
Couldn't agree more! I just bought a reel that I may find a use for some day... but I just couldn't pass up the price.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:11 AM
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Default Re: 7'6" Sage ZXL, in 4 wt????

And I have begun to look for a reel for a rod I don't have yet (but anticipate)...all I have is the line, the new Cortland Boss in #5 that the outfit will be built around. I really look forward to fishing this newest entry into my preferred fly line catagory.
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