08-26-2015, 11:01 AM
Re: Sage Approach or Sage Response
They are both fine rods. Both cast very well and will be rods you can fish with throughout your time on the water for years to come.
Don't fall for the "beginner rod" hype. I have several of the Response rods and have been exclusively fly fishing for about twenty years. They simply fit my casting stroke. The hype is a way to get us to buy eight and nine hundred dollar rods, as if you are not a beginner, the lower end rods simply won't catch fish. Now, I do have some very high end rods as well, but that doesn't make them any more pleasurable to fish than those Response rods. I love fishing with my expensive green rods, but I can't say that I catch any more fish than when I use something less expensive. Get what fits your style and learn to consistently cast it to present flies naturally.
Don't worry, the fish will be just as irritated with you regardless the rod you have in your hand. That doesn't mean there are not some rods who are real dogs. There are. But the majority of what we have today has benefited greatly from technology advances over the years. The lower end rods from the reputable companies cast as good or better than any of the high end stuff I was buying when I started.
Now, that advice, imo, does not work with fly line. Get the absolute best line you can afford. Make sure it works well with the rod you like and get them best feeling one. A poor fly line is a bad link.
As far as right now, which to go with. As long as it feels good to you, I would say go with the Response. It has a litter better taper, and it is cheaper right now because they are on clearance. You can get a Response for $250 on clearance, whereas the Approach, not being clearanced, is still the original price of $295.
Get a rod, get on the water and enjoy and protect our resources. Whatever you have in your hand, just have a sense of gratitude for the amazing creation around you.
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