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Old 06-17-2011, 11:14 AM
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Default Any Sage Light Line fans?

It's been awhile since I cast one, but I remember them being one of the sweetest dry fly rods I have ever cast... so I've decided to start looking for a used one. Outside of the 389-3, what is/was your favorite model of the Light Line series?
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:41 PM
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OK, I'll bite.
586-3 is my favorite. More like a 4wt. Sweet cast for dries.
Not really heavy enough for the fish/water here.
It's in temp retirement and tubed. I'll never let it go though.
Many years on it, twenty-five something at least.
It was a good investment.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:34 PM
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Default Re: Any Sage Light Line fans?

"More like a 4wt"

Because it is a light weight rod or because it is a "soft" rod?

I have a feeling that there are alot of people who have light lines in their closets that they no longer fish but would not dream of selling.
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Default Re: Any Sage Light Line fans?

The 793 and 893 are still great rods. Many of the other Sage rods got hung up in the I'm fast and I can cast far craze. The Light Lines still fish better like the Winston WT's and the Scott G series than many of todays modern high tech stuff. A buddy of mine just got a Winston IM6 (pre WT) 8'6" 4 weight, it cast like a dream. On the smaller trout streams of the mid west (MI, WS) I would take these rods over almost any of the new improved stuff.

Although I must admit I fished a Greys Streamflex 9-5 this week a day after throwing a WT 865 on the same water, the Streamflex held it's own. Some of todays rod designers still get it right.
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Default Re: Any Sage Light Line fans?

I have a Sage SPL 282-3.. It's great for when the fish are particularly picky on smooth gin clear spring creeks.

I have a little Galvin reel on it - the whole things weighs next to nothing.
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Default Re: Any Sage Light Line fans?

Fireroad, it's seems both light and soft, after firing heavier weight, and faster modern rods most of the time.
I think of it as a brushy creek rod. (Not for distance or bigflies.)
Not on smaller water much these days, but you never say never.

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The 490-3.

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(jk really, but I've only let one guy use it ever, and he went through that and more)
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Default Re: Any Sage Light Line fans?

Cliff, needed an extra rod one day so brought out my LL.
My guy snapped the tip.
When it came back from Sage, it went in the closet.
Learned my lesson...never a rod lender nor borrower be.

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Default Re: Any Sage Light Line fans?

590-3 LL is what I still fish today, mainly in the Eastern Sierras. Currently looking for another rod with a little faster action for my teenage daughter. Thinking about the Sage VXP; any thoughts about this rod.

BTW - Is the Sage ZXL the closest thing to the old LL series?
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590-3 LL is what I still fish today, mainly in the Eastern Sierras. Currently looking for another rod with a little faster action for my teenage daughter. Thinking about the Sage VXP; any thoughts about this rod.

BTW - Is the Sage ZXL the closest thing to the old LL series?
I picked up a 9wt VXP recently; loads beautifully with a WF9F Cortland 444 SL line. I haven't fished with it yet though.
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