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rebfly 08-28-2009 10:13 PM

St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
Hello everyone. I am new to the forum and pretty new to fly fishing too. I am looking to get a couple of rods, one in a 7 ft 9 inch 3 wt and another in a 9 foot 8 wt, and both of these rods seem to fall into similar price points. I would love to hear some of your experiences with both. I want the smaller rod for panfishing and the larger for largemouth bass at home and Redfish in the marsh. Thanks in advance for your input.

Pleccy 08-29-2009 02:13 AM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
Both are very good rods for the money, I'd recommend trying both out before buying if you can. I compared a Sage Flight with a Z-axis (not a fair comparison I know) however I was pleasantly surprised to find the Flight a fairly nice rod, the cork isn't 'top-notch' however it's probably about average for the budget end.

I've just bought a St. Croix Avid in the 9ft #5 size, it gets 10/10 from me. :D

Frank Whiton 08-29-2009 07:46 AM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
Hi rebfly,

I think you would like the Avid in the 7'6" 3wt but the Avid would not be my choice for the 8wt. The Sage Flight would be a better 8wt rod. You should also look at the Redington CPX rod in an 8wt.

All of the Sage and Redington Rods are available from They are a sponsor that offers free shipping and Todd is the best to work with.

What rod are you using now?


FrankB2 08-29-2009 10:08 AM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
The Avid has a much nicer finish than the Launch, and it performs well in
the trout sizes. I had a 9' 5wt Avid, and would have preferred the 8' 6", but
I prefer 8' 6" rods in general. St. Croix mails a nice decal after they receive
your registration, and Sage does nothing to confirm receipt;).

I've actually played with an Avid 7'9" 3wt, and it's a nice rod. The dealer we
went to had them knocked down 33% (trying to move out of the "high-end"
ff'ing biz), and I almost bought it a couple of times. It's very much like quick
bamboo*, and as I'm typing this, I may have just decided to grab that last

*Flexes deep, but with quick recovery and little bounce.

axle27 08-29-2009 07:13 PM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
Though I've never tried the Sage, I vote for the me biased.

The 8ft. 4wt I have is a dream to cast.

I am jonesing for a 9ft, 4pc 5wt. Gotta save the pennies....

rebfly 08-30-2009 08:24 AM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
Thanks Guys! You have mostly confirmed my thoughts already. I was leaning toward the Avid. I am going to try to get to test cast both rods before making my final decision.

notenuftoys 09-03-2009 11:09 AM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
If you don't like the 8wt, just kindly send it my way! ;) That's the next rod on my list.

Seriously, though, post your opinion. I'll be making a decision in the next few months.

jkenny250 09-19-2009 10:26 AM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
My first rod was a 9' 6wt Avid, and for the money I loved it.

This season I picked up an 8'6" 4wt Sage Flight and it's definitely my new favorite toy. It has a great feel. Of course, it's a bit pricier than the Avid or Launch, but maybe worth considering.

I never cast the Launch and the 4wt vs 6wt makes the Avid vs Flight comparison difficult as well. If price is an issue, I think the Avid is a wonderful rod.

BTW I just ordered a 10' 8wt Redington Red Fly for $85. It'll be interesting to see how that performs for a budget rod, 'cause it sure fits the budget.

Dixiejack 10-25-2009 07:10 PM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
With a little reservation I bought an Avid 9', 7 wt. today from Cabela's. I feel better about buying it since I read all your posts. My other rods are Orvis, Sage, G. Loomis and Dorber Group. Also have some bamboo and fiberglass rods that belonged to my dad. Too many rods and not enough time to fish.

mcnerney 10-25-2009 07:21 PM

Re: St Croix Avid or Sage Launch???
Another rod that few people talk about but is a very good rod for the price is the Albright rods. Check out this rod review done by Yellowstone Angler:

On top of a great review, Albright is having a sale right now:


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