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Old 06-11-2013, 01:42 AM
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So im new to fly fishing and I need some help. My dad has let me borrow his sage rods from the 80's the past couple weeks and I absolutely love them. However I cant imagine if I ever broke one or damaged one because they mean alot to him so its time to get my own. Im thinking i want a 5 weight kind of as an all around set up. So if you can give me a good suggestion for a 5 weight to both nymph and dry fly that would be great thank you a lot.
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What kind of budget do you have. Are you just looking for a rod or a whole outfit?
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I'd recommend going into a local fly shop and casting a few different rods to find one that feels right in your hands.
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Do you recall what model rod you borrowed from your dad and loved? That may give an idea on what type action you liked.
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There are so many options. Try before you buy, you don't want to make an expensive mistake.
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I also love older Sage rods. I have a 9.5 ft Sage RPL+ in a 5wt that was given to me 13 years ago by my cousin, and it is still the rod I fish the most. great for streamer fishing, dry fly fishing, and nymphing alike. So lately I have been wondering what would happen if I broke it, and I did an ebay search. You can find yourself a used RPL in good shape for $150-$250, and this is what I would recommend for you. This are just timeless, incredible all around rods (though a little faster action than what I need for the fishing I'm doing now: small trophy streams for big fish). Just my 2 cents!
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Do you recall what model rod you borrowed from your dad and loved? That may give an idea on what type action you liked.
Yes The one I use the most is a sage 6 weight 690 RP 9'0'' I tried my Friends echo 5 weight 9'0'' last night and loved it not sure what exact model but it was nice. Also i need a reel on it but im trying to stay away from redington combos. I have about $500 bucks right now from work and graduation so thats pretty much my budget. Im not specifically looking for a sage just a good rod.
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I bought a couple of Beulah Classic single hand rods recently, a 3 wt and an 8 wt. Both are very nice rods. They have the 5 or 6 wt rods you may want. At $290 you get a lot of rod for the money.
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i have an Echo3 and they are really nice rods. but if i were you I'd look for a used Sage XP or ZXL (XP is faster, ZXL is more delicate). Either can be had for about $300, and you can get a great reel for less $200. The precursor to the ZXL was the SLT (which can also be found on the big auction site--that rod is now a bit of a legend).
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I'd recommend going into a local fly shop and casting a few different rods to find one that feels right in your hands.
I'm with Larry on this. Just be upfront with the salesguy on what you want and what your budget is. If he is doing his job, he will limit you to just a few rods to try.

When it comes to budget, invest most of your money in the rod, a quality line second, then reel third. Rod casts line. The line with your input, loads the rod. In most cases, the reel holds the line.

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PS: I'm not saying that you should get a cheap reel. Get something with the quality that you want.
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