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Old 03-10-2009, 08:14 AM
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Howdy gang...new member here. Great site I have been lurking for a week or so.
I just bought a Sage Z-axis (9 foot 4 pc 5 wt).... wont be fishing it for a couple weeks yet.
I test casted it with a GPX and a 444SL.....Was wondering what all are using on their Z's and if anyone is like me and has to try a bunch of lines to find the best. I have a samll arsenal of T&T's, St Croixs, and a Sage SLT....
I have never tried sage lines or Rio Lines......

Also wondering if you might have any comments on if "learning" this stick is ongoing process???? Alot of rods have learning curves I think...especially if you only hit the water once or twice a week....Thanks....
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:35 PM
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I have been casting a Z a bit lately and one thing that I learned is that that rod really doesn't like to be "horsed". I found that it cast sooo much better if I just relaxed my casting stroke a little and let the rod do the work. Hope that helps shorten your learning curve a little bit!

Great rod btw....I almost bought one very recently myself!
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When i tried it out, I liked it better with a WF than a DT...I liked the RIO gold and the RIO grand....Im sure there are other good lines out there as well
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I'm using the same rod with GPX line. As noted above, this rod likes to do the
work for you. It's not as fast as some of the broomsticks out there, so don't
approach like that (ask me how I learned that ). I fished
the rod on a very narrow stream this past weekend, and it performed beautifully in close, yet throw a very nice loop 40' upstream. LOVE IT!!!
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When i tried it out, I liked it better with a WF than a DT...I liked the RIO gold and the RIO grand....Im sure there are other good lines out there as well
I find the contrary, these lines overload the Z-Axis taper IMO. I like TT, and Tactical Ridge.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:49 AM
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The shop where I bought it suggested a Sci Angler Trout or one of the Rio lines....he went on to explain that the long belly section of the 444sl might hinder for some the z's ability to keep more line in the air and he also mentioned that this rod doesnt need a GPX to load and that it slows the rod down....makes sense to me....I didnt buy the rod where I tried casting it and didnt try any other lines where I bought. This i why I originally posted because I thought these 2 lines that I had on my other 5wts seemed "awkward" on this rod after seeing the rod in action elsewhere and reading all about them. I know everyone is different in casting style and abilities....Im just curious what is best on this rod for others. I have a Tri Taper on my 9 wt and love it......
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I returned a 5wt Z-Axis, and ordered a 6wt Z-Axis. The rod arrived, I grabbed
a reel with 6wt GPX, and had a blast! I thought it was a tremendous improvement over the 5wt GPX, and it cast like a dream. It wasn't until I
was wiping the rod down that I noticed they had sent me another 5wt,
but in a 6wt tube!!! Determined to make the 5wt work, I went back out the
next day with a 5wt GPX line, and adjusted my casting stroke for a few minutes. Once I realized that the rod does not like to be flung back and forth
too fast, it was smooth sailing. I have a spool of SA Mastery Trout, but haven't seen the need to try it on the Z-Axis yet. I should, but......
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Howdy gang...new member here. Great site I have been lurking for a week or so.
I just bought a Sage Z-axis (9 foot 4 pc 5 wt).... wont be fishing it for a couple weeks yet.
I test casted it with a GPX and a 444SL.....Was wondering what all are using on their Z's and if anyone is like me and has to try a bunch of lines to find the best. I have a samll arsenal of T&T's, St Croixs, and a Sage SLT....
I have never tried sage lines or Rio Lines......

Also wondering if you might have any comments on if "learning" this stick is ongoing process???? Alot of rods have learning curves I think...especially if you only hit the water once or twice a week....Thanks....
I did the same thing looking for a line for my Z-axis 8'6" 4wt. Go with the Rio Gold...it works. Then let the rod do the work, it will..I've used my 5wt Sharkskin with it also when I have to reach out there and touch someone, it's like a rocket with Sharkskin..
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Default Re: Help with my new Z-axis...

I guide with both 5wt XP, and a 5wt Z axis. The XP will drive tacks, the z requires a slower touch. The Z fishes more like slower rods of old, a very sweet loop for dry fly. The XP seems to huck indicators and streamers better. Love 'em both.
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I'm new to this forum too and I love all of the info I can find here. Thanks everybody. Anyway, I just bought a z-axis 9ft 5wt a couple weeks ago. I fish it with rio grand 5wt and I absolutely love what this rod has done for my on-the-water experience! I love fishing but I feel like this rod has taken my enjoyment to a whole new level!
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