Okay.....My wife and I were fishing with 6wts this afternoon, and were targeting crappie and samll LMB. She was using a 9' ZXL, and had a blast with
some decent size crappie caught on a wooly bugger. Something was bulging
about 20 feet away, and when she cast her bugger over there, she hooked
into a HUGE carp. She went bananas (not unusual when she hooks into a
big one), and retrieved the line by wrapping it around her left hand
. Anyway, by the time I was able to grap the 3X leader,
it was taut as a guitar string, and there was quite bend in the rod. I'm just
about back to using 6wt's for anything bigger than a small trout stream.
The ZXL is a fast action by 1990's standards, and a moderately fast action
compared to a Z-Axis. The ZXL has a supple tip, but it's not wimpy or bouncy.
It's made my wife's casting about 1000% better, and she's happy as could be,
even with the high cost.
So where's the pic of the huge carp? I netted it, put the camera in my mouth,
and tried to hand her the carp. She wouldn't take it, and I was mumbling "It's
okay. They don't bite."
When she finally took the fish, she squeezed it
too hard (I was protesting with a camera in my mouth
), and it popped out
of her hands before I was able to get a shot...LOL!