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Old 06-25-2013, 11:24 AM
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I recently cast a Sage XP rod and really liked it. I have been looking around for a 9'6" 5wt...no luck yet! I have noticed though that there have been reproductions of this rod since it was discontinued by Sage. I am just wondering how one would know if they were buying an orignal XP or one of the later models, also is there a differance in these rods or are they the same?
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I recently cast a Sage XP rod and really liked it. I have been looking around for a 9'6" 5wt...no luck yet! I have noticed though that there have been reproductions of this rod since it was discontinued by Sage. I am just wondering how one would know if they were buying an orignal XP or one of the later models, also is there a differance in these rods or are they the same?
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Cabelas and another shop had special make up XPs produced after they were discontinued. They utilize the same blanks and components as the original XPs.

There were some XP rods made from custom rod makers. The blanks are OEM, but the components could be different.

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Just keep a watch out as they pop up now and then. I put one up a year ago and it lasted about a day.
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I never had the pleasure of casting one of these I hear there real nice. I have the Z Axis in a 9'6" 5wt.
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I have a 9' 5WT Sage XP that Sage made and brought back into production exclusively for Cabelas. Sage made the rod but my understanding was it was only because Cabelas ordered enough to justify Sage making a special production. That being said it is a great rod and my favorite 5 weight.
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Anglers Pro ordered a bunch as well. Bill is excellent to deal with!

Closeout Sage Xp Closeout Now At Anglers Pro Shop!
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I am just wondering how one would know if they were buying an orignal XP or one of the later models, also is there a differance in these rods or are they the same?
Thank's guys...
To my knowledge the rods are identical, and you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the rod itself. I think the only tell tale sign is if the rod is in it's original tube, the original came in a light grey tube, and the reproduction came in a dark olive/brown tube that I believe was also used for the Z-Axis.
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Anglers Pro ordered a bunch as well. Bill is excellent to deal with!

Closeout Sage Xp Closeout Now At Anglers Pro Shop!
Yes I was looking at those...they don't have it in a 9'6" or 10' for a #5.

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To my knowledge the rods are identical, and you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at the rod itself. I think the only tell tale sign is if the rod is in it's original tube, the original came in a light grey tube, and the reproduction came in a dark olive/brown tube that I believe was also used for the Z-Axis.
Thank's for the reply. So they are the same. I had been wondering about that.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:16 PM
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The Xp's are getting harder to find in 5,6,8 and 9 weights. There is a reason for it. The 691/697/896/8100/996 are considered still some of the best PNW/Alaska rods.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:09 AM
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Anyone know what year the XP's were launched and what year they were discontinued? I have read different dates mentioned and some of them just don't add up. I know they were replaced by the Z-Axis and that they ran for about 7 years. So the Z- Axis was discontinued in 2011. I think they ran for about 5 years, so the XP would have been discontinued in 2006? and launched in 1999?? I have also read somewhere that the XP was launched in 1994 but the dates don't work out.

I also have an RPL question for the Sage Guys...

I read that the RPLx was Sage's first venture into the saltwater scene. However, I have seen some RPL's (which came before the RPLx) with saltwater reel seats. Not all, but on some and they look like factory rods.

I'm probably thinking to much!! I find Sage's rod history really interesting though.

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