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    Question Xp v z axis

    hi, do any of you have xp's and the z axis in the same line rating and length, if so what differences do you find between the two and is the z a better rod and in what way ?
    keith

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    Keith,
    I owned XP rods since day one of the release. I now own Z-Axis rods in the 590-4, 691-4, and the 6110-4 models.

    The quick answer is that the better rod is the one that will feel better to the caster. Each person will have a reason to like one better than the other.

    The Z-Axis is lighter and has a softer tip than the XP. Both rods are still considered fast action rods. Someone who is used to casting an XP will have to back off the forward stroke a tad.

    MP

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    i have heard people say that the z axis feels a stronger rod, do you find this ?? my sage dealer is willing to send me one to try, its just good to get feedback from others first
    keith

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    Keith,
    I won't say if the Z-Axis feels like a stronger rod. Both rods have plenty of butt strength to put the hurt onto a fish.

    The biggest difference that I feel is in the casting. If you can match your casting stroke with the Z-Axis, you will feel that you can generate more line speed than that of the XP with less effort.

    MP

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    I feel a sadness at the loss of the XP model in the Sage line. I like to push a little with a rod tip, and the Z is softer for sure. Is this bad? Mosca said it, depends on the user.
    I guide with both models, and switch out with clients, and most never notice. I like a fast action rod for long distance, wind, bobbers, and big flies. I think the Z is a fine rod, but does it replace the XP? I don't think it does. If you need the speed, the TCX may be a better call. If you only cast dries the Z works great. I've heard Cabelas bought the XP from Sage, so you might still buy one if need be.
    Last edited by Bigfly; 08-01-2010 at 12:55 PM.
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    im a lot happier now because i just found and bought a new factory built 10 foot 5# xp, i have been after one for 18 months...
    keith

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    Glad you scored, let us know how it works out. The 10 ft. model is sweet on our water, allowing a mend "out there". I jumped up to a 11ft 6wt Z switch, and now mend waaay out there! Love it.
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

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    Default Re: Xp v z axis

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfly View Post
    Glad you scored, let us know how it works out. The 10 ft. model is sweet on our water, allowing a mend "out there". I jumped up to a 11ft 6wt Z switch, and now mend waaay out there! Love it.
    Bigfly: Do you notice any real difference in arm fatigue while holding the 11 ft rod thru the course of a days fishing?

    Larry

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    thats why i only use 4# and 5# up to 10 foot, 6#and 7# up to 9.6 foot, any more in length the higher line weights aggravates my arthritis in my spine, making me tire quick, that means less fishing
    keith

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    Larry, sorry I didn't get back to ya. I have old guy shoulders. Being able to single, or two hand it, is really nice. The Sage switch is very light, and no problem, I can fish all day.
    On med, to larger waters I rarely fish anything else. I can cover more water, more easily than I can with a 9-10 ft. rod. I recommend an on water test drive.
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

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