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I love the looks of the old Hardy's. The Perfect, Marquis and Cascapedia are my favourites.
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I love the Airflow 'Rage' line, let me know what your thoughts on it are once you start getting a feel for casting the two handed rod. This is a really fun game to play.
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I was trying to save you some money that's all
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So with the Rage head should I use a poly leader?

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Yes, you can use any type of poly leader with the 'Rage' head. Type and length for various fishing conditions doesn't matter, poly leader can be a floater or a type 6 sinker. As far as length goes....that depends on your casting style, if your prone to pulling your anchor on the set up you may want to use atleast a 10', or if you want a 14', go for it. Just remember this line is designed for smaller to medium sized flies, not big heavy flies, for big & heavy you'd be better off with a full blown Skagit head with tips.

As far as buying a bunch of heads right now. Personally I wouldn't, you need to spend some time getting used to casting the two handed rod with the 'Rage' head(consistency), make sure the grain weight your using now works well with the rod and your casting style first, refine your technique and really get an idea of what you will want for future fishing. An arsenal of heads can get $$$.

Buy a nice reel with the extra cash and go have some fun!
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I too am a fan of the Rage. What I like about it is that it's got the mass of a that you typically see with skagit lines and the longer taper that you find on the scandi lines.
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Thanks for the help so far folks. I imagine there will be more and more questions as the time goes on. My wife is even happy I have a "cheap" hobby. Well that's what she wants to think that's fine with me.
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Speaking of reels and affordable hobbies.......... I've been thinking that a St. Andrew would be about right on that rod. It's a clicker but a very strong one, there have been plenty of sea trout and salmon brought to a net with one. Just saying
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As far as buying a bunch of heads right now. Personally I wouldn't, you need to spend some time getting used to casting the two handed rod with the 'Rage' head(consistency), make sure the grain weight your using now works well with the rod and your casting style first, refine your technique and really get an idea of what you will want for future fishing. An arsenal of heads can get $$$.

Buy a nice reel with the extra cash and go have some fun!
I second this.
There is a definite learning curve, certainly beyond what I was expecting and that seems to be a pretty common experience.

You can certainly learn on your own watching videos and doing some serious research.
Skagit Master 1 is an invaluable resource and Ed Ward does a great job teaching in it.
However if you know someone who is a good caster that can teach you it will save some time and possibly prevent some bad habits assuming they really are good casters who don't have bad habits of their own.

If you are looking for a traditional click and prawl reel you might consider these as well Speyco.net

I bought a Skagit from Tim that was made to order. I took a plastic bag and taped it to the rod where the reel would be and then added change until it balanced perfectly where I wanted it to on the upper grip. I then weighed the bag with a postal scale and sent Tim the weight.
The rod is now balanced perfectly which is VERY nice compared to an unbalanced rod like my 6wt that has a Nautilus CCF on it.
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Speaking of reels and affordable hobbies.......... I've been thinking that a St. Andrew would be about right on that rod. It's a clicker but a very strong one, there have been plenty of sea trout and salmon brought to a net with one. Just saying
Yeah my father in law had one and gave it to his younger brother who lives in Alberta. Would have been nice.
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