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Old 12-29-2012, 09:58 AM
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I'll throw in another vote for Redington Predator.. I own a 9wt.. nice rod.. no issues chucking the fluff with it.. you definitely want a line that is either a half weight heavy.. or over line by 1-2wts.. It is a bit heavy of a rod too.. But otherwise this rod is built like a tank.. and performs well
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I love my TFO BVK's for smallmouth fishing. I own two, and there is a good chance I'll add a 9wt to the fleet this year as well. Hard to beat TFO's warranty and customer service too.
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I purchased a Ross FlyStik a few years back (6wt 7'11") and love that rod!

The shorter length has been fine for me and I can lay out as much (or more) line with it than I could with my St Croix 9' 6wt.

Thinking seriously of getting another FlyStik in 10wt for water where there are larger fish to target (stripers).
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There's a FlyStik really cheap right now on the auction site
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Has anyone used the Sage Approach?
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I also have and fish a 6wt Redington Predator and love it.Its really a 7wt rod,not a 6wt and will lay out long cast easily and very accurately.Nice to fish from a canoe.Truth is any rod from 8' to 9' will work for bass.You dont need any special rod for the job but you do need a good line to throw the bugs.I like the Wulff lines,bass taper and SWF taper.Both lines work well.
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Yeah the predator is starting to look like a front runner. I am curious about the sage approach though it is a sage which is nice plus it is a heavier rod
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Default Re: Looking for Bass Rod

I can offer some insight on two ends of the cost spectrum.

I have a 7wt Murray-Scott Bass rod that I got to fish for smallies in the Potomac and Shenandoah watersheds when I lived in the valley. It is a remarkable rod built by Scott Rod Co. to Harry Murray's specifications that can cast big bugs and still protect smaller tippets. It has proven to be a great steelhead rod, too now that l live in Ohio. If you are going to be casting big bugs for largemouth I would consider the 8wt rod.

They are not cheap, however, $725, but in my world well worth every cent, because this is my life.

For the casual bass chaser and a more reasonable alternative, you can pick up a Redington RS4 for $40 on eBay, Sierra Trading, or Cabela's Bargain Cave that I think will do most of what you want. Lifetime warranty if you by from a retrailer! I always have my 5wt and 8wt RS4's banging around in the truck just in case I get a few minutes at lunch to chase some fish.
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Yeah the predator is starting to look like a front runner. I am curious about the sage approach though it is a sage which is nice plus it is a heavier rod
Redington.. owned by Sage.. So save some cash and go with the Predator
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Echo edge 84 great smallmouth for just over $200. Check it out great bass rod.
+1 on the Echo 8-4 I've got a Sage Bass2 and love it but it is a specialty rod and not really what you are asking for.
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