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Old 04-23-2014, 06:26 AM
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I have a 6-weight Greys X-Flite that meets the description of what you want very well. The XF2 is the model that replaced the X-Flite, so I bet it would suit your needs nicely.
A Guy who I Fish with Regularly Has A Grey's X-Flite which is a Top Rod however I picked up A Grey's GRX-i on Ebay for $110 with a Reel & Line.
I find it a beaut Rod & I think they are also superseded by the XF-2 however from time to time I have seen them for sale at still a reasonable price & perhaps they would suit you.
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I fish a 9 ft 5 wieght Xf2 and love it. I think whoever said it's a poor man's zenith is bang on. I also have an 8 weight xf2 carnivore for pike and muskie.

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If you don't mind used a Sage RPL would fit the bill. Very solid rod in the medium/fast range. They can be had in excellent condition within your budget.

Edit: Make sure it is the original RPL not the + or X models which are faster.
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St Croix Imperial would be my choice. They are an absolute fantastic stick. Not too fast either,,,kinda,,,medium plus a little bit. I have a BVK 5 wt and even with a 6wt line it wont load till you get about 15 to 20 feet of line out. Miserable fishing tool unless you are on big water.
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St Croix Imperial would be my choice. They are an absolute fantastic stick. Not too fast either,,,kinda,,,medium plus a little bit. I have a BVK 5 wt and even with a 6wt line it wont load till you get about 15 to 20 feet of line out. Miserable fishing tool unless you are on big water.
Normally I would be all over recommending the Imperial but after casting the 6wt version last month I believe their are much better choices in the price range. The 4 and 5wt Imperial models are fantastic sticks, but the 6wt is ho hum at best. In a 6wt I would look at the St Croix Legend Elite, but it's almost $200 over budget.

The Scott A4 was a solid recommendation, the A3 was really good as well. I bet you could even snag a Scott S4 on the auction sites in your price range.
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I agree with Mr. Fishiowa on the used RPL idea. A classic and still a great rod. I also agree with Mr. Fireroad on the #6 Imperial. I tried it when looking at 6-wt's and it was very stiff, completely different from the 5-wt Imperial which is awesome. When I commented that the 6 was stiff, the guy at the shop brought out a 9' #6 St. Croix Avid. Wow. Smooth, powerful, nice flex, not a stiff rod. Casts very well for me. About $300. Another opinion: I tried the Approach and thought the tip was awfully heavy - didn't like it at all, no feel in it.

One more idea - I'm a big fan of the Winston WT 6's. Super smooth flex, powerful enough to fish a windy day at MY normal distances and they can be had used in the $250 - 350 range. The 8 1/2' is a light 6 - great all around-er. The 9' is more powerful. Both have strong butts and can handle good sized fish; both have a great progressive action giving you excellent feel close or far. Love 'em.

Have fun on your search. Rod shopping is a blast!

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I also agree with Mr. Fireroad on the #6 Imperial. I tried it when looking at 6-wt's and it was very stiff, completely different from the 5-wt Imperial which is awesome. When I commented that the 6 was stiff, the guy at the shop brought out a 9' #6 St. Croix Avid. Wow. Smooth, powerful, nice flex, not a stiff rod. Casts very well for me. About $300.
Not to derail this thread but I would love to hear more on your thoughts on the Avid 6wt. I passed over it without so much as a wiggle but your are the second person I have heard comment on it being powerful (at least more powerful then expected).

Another rod for the OP to consider would be the Winston Passport.. Not what I would consider a classic Winston by any stretch of the imagination, but the 9ft 5wt has received rave reviews since it's inception and my local dealer has trouble keeping them in stock.
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Mr. fireroad - I think the Avid #6 is a great mix of Old School and New Tech. By that I mean the graphite is not so fast as to make it feel stiff, but it is faster than my Winston WT #6. It has a soft tip and a progressive action which give it a nice bend and make it fun to catch a smaller trout. It has a very powerful butt, however and I have no trouble at all throwing a Trout WF#7 with it. On a windy day, with the #7 you can cast an old shoe. (I may be exaggerating a little.) One thing to watch out for - with that soft tip it will throw a tailing loop if you try to short-stroke it. It likes a longer stroke. To be fair, it is not in the distance league with a good fast-action, fast graphite rod. But I don't fish at those 60+ distances (my hat is off to those who do) and this rod reaches any fish I care to cast to.

I have often used it here in the Little Wabash when the white bass and white/striper hybrids start running in the spring. I'm usually throwing a big indicator and a bunny leach tied on a 1/32 oz jig hook. It's a pretty good load! I use the #7 line for that, and the #6 for trout. If you have ever encountered a 2-3# wiper hybrid in fast water, you know they pull very hard. This rod is good for controlling strong fish.

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Temple Fork Outfitters came out with the mangrove about a year ago that is slower than the bvk, if your wanting to stick with TFO.
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I second the Mangrove I also have a 6 wt. love it for heavy carp flies, and it loads perfectly with Rio Carp 6 wt. Talked to Flip via email and he said for streamers to fish the 7 wt.


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