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    Default winston wt and sage slt 5 wt compared

    For general trout fishing, which would you recommend

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    You really need to cast them. See what type of rods fits you better.

    I tried my wife's SLT, drove me nuts.. it was just too slow of an action for how I cast. Not the rods fault, just different than what I was used to.

    ETA: I'm more of a fan of faster rods, like the older XLTs or current Z-Axis - just to show my bias

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    Default Re: winston wt and sage slt 5 wt compared

    Quote Originally Posted by dhayden View Post
    You really need to cast them. See what type of rods fits you better.
    That's good advice.

    Here is my take on the rod. Both rods have two distinct feels. The WT has the true classic moderate feel. It is slower in action. The rod flexes all the way down to the butt. The SLT has a medium fast action feel. It will have a quicker load than the WT. The flex will point on the rod is in the midsection.

    Both rods can be used as general purpose rods. It will depend on the feel that you want.

    MP

    PS: Like dhayden, my preference is more towards faster rods.

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    I can't disagree with any of the above.

    I would only add that the Winston WT 8' 6" 5 weight rod is a bit faster than the same weight 9' rod.

    The fast, medium, slow rod action catagories are very subjective and vary greatly by rod maker. Because of that, rod action is a personal "feel", so recommending that you cast them is good advice.

    I personally, would rate the WT 8'6" 5 weight rod as med fast and the WT 9' 5 weight rod as med. Others may disagree, but no one could prove either of us wrong, because there's no solid baseline.

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    The Winston WT's are classic, moderate-action trout rods and certainly one of the finest available. I don't have any experience with the Sage SLT.

    One other rod to throw in the mix is the Scott G2 series rod. It has a similar action to the two you are interested in, and is worth casting before making a decision.

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    Default Re: winston wt and sage slt 5 wt compared

    I do not mean to beat this to death, but can I use a 5wt 9' Winston Wt with a dropper nymph set up in a stream fishing situation or would the Sage SLT do a better job.
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    Default Re: winston wt and sage slt 5 wt compared

    These are personal opinions on the rods.

    Dry fly presentation - Both present a dry fly nicely. In the hands of a halfway decent caster or better, the WT is better at it.

    Casting streamers - Both do a decent job at it. I would give the edge to the SLT. The quicker action gives it a tad more punch.

    Nymphing - Toss up.

    Roll casting - WT.

    Protecting lighter tippets - WT.

    Wind - SLT.

    Build quality - It's hard to beat a Winston at craftsmanship.

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