it seems the harder I look for an answer, the more confused I get!
I have a new reel with the Rio AFS shooting head in 7/8 in the mail, and I'm really torn up over which rod will do the best job of launching that line across the river! Preferably with AND without a 10' sink tip.
I really like most Sage rods I ever tried, and was thinking of springing for the Z-axis, but which of the following will make the most of my fishing time, and why?
Usually one chooses a line for the rod, not the other way around.
Of course, this is just a part of a bigger problem!
I bought the reel and line for a 11' #8 switch rod. Then I realized I could add a small spey rod and utilize the same reel and line, very cost-efficient. This also explains the 10' leader-situation.
However, I could just add a 8/9 shooting head and swap heads and leaders when I swap rods.
Thanks for the details on the 8129 and the 8134, I'm just not that far along my speycasting career to really know which action I prefer. I'll just have to try and get a test at a local tackle store.
Here's another option. I have the Temple forks ticr x series, which is a bomber rods for $250. I throw large pike flies with it. It has a kit for $150 that adds to new sections. You now have an 11-6 switch rod. This was a great investment fo rme to test the waters of a switch/ or light spey rod. My biggest concern was the spey sucking and having invested 500 bucks for nothing. I have been very impressed with the spey set up. Although I find myself using it as a two handed rod more than spey.
Haha, guess it will eventually be both!
I just have to choose one.
Here is a quick pro/con:
Ideal for smaller Icelandic streams
Ideal for trout and char as well
Ideal for hitching salmon
Might not perform as well as the 9129 in larger streams (that is my main fear)
I already have single-handed rods that could serve it's single-handed purpose.
A graphite cannon, ,,king of the Z-axis series"
Ideal for guiding (if that's where I'm headed)
I've already got the AFS shooting head, which rocks on it
Don't have a spey rod
Little bit more expensive
Useless (or ,,no fun" for char and smaller trout)
Limited use on smaller streams.
Since I fish both big and small streams, eventually I will have them both.
It's just a matter of choosing one for summer 2010 and one for 2011!
Any opinion well received!
It looks like you are thinking long and hard about your future purchase. I think that you may have answered yourself already with those two key points.
Would like to start off by saying thank you for the feedback!
You've been more helpful than most people I've consulted, and considering that you are a stranger on another continent, this deserves a praise.
I've got one last point for you to consider, and I promise it's the last one.
I can get a good deal on a good European brand 14' spey rod + reel and line, what do you think about going for that deal and the 11' switch instead of a 12'9" spey?
Then my selection would consist of a #5, #7, #8 switch, #9 spey.
(Would miss the 12'9" for sure, but as I've said, I will get it later!)
Location: Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border
Re: Spey experts wanted: Ideal rod for AFS 7/8
That is a pretty big river, so I would go with the longest rod. It is rated at 7 and the line is a 7/8. If you have a hard time casting it you can just pull the marker a bit into the rod and it should cast fine. Long makes for longer casts, for me anyway, and with a river that big, that's the way I would go.