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    I just got a almost new Sage SPL in a trade. It is an 8' 0 wt. Comes with a Sage 3100 series reel with extra spool. Has anyone used or have one of these rod and reels. I have never fishing a 0 wt and I am just trying to get some ideas on what I have to look forward to. I plan on using it on the Cimarron River in New Mexico and also the Rio Costillo in the Valle Vidal unit also in New Mexico. Thanks

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    Jan 2007
    Central Florida

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    Hi Craig,

    First let me say I have not fished a "0" weight rod and my comments are base on my preferences.

    The "0" is a specialist rod and I would not use one on fish of much size. The rod lacks the backbone to control a large fish and end the fight in a reasonable amount of time. I would suggest you use a little heavier tippet so you can apply as much pressure as possible. Since it is an 8 footer I think you will find the tip very soft. I will be interested in what you think after you have fished the rod a few times.

    Just remember the longer you fight a fish the lower it's chances are of recovering from the fight. We want to have fun catching fish but we don't want them to expire from the experience.


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    Like Frank stated the 0 wt is a specialist rod for someone with some experience IMHO. With the Cimarron River and Rio Costillo you might be lucky to catch something bigger than a 10 inches or anything bigger than your hand. Their pretty fiesty for small trout because their usually pretty hungry so they can put up a fight at times but a 0 wt should handle it in the areas that you are looking at.

    Hope this helps.
    "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after"
    Henry David Thoreau

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    Frank and Terry

    Thanks for the information. I am by no means an expert fisherman but I am trying. lol I doubt the Sage 0 wt will be my primary rod for a long time. It was just to good of a deal to pass up. I thought it might work well on some of the smaller streams in New Mexico and Colorado where the biggest fish I usually catch is about 8" to 10". I will still use my 5 wt for the bigger fish.

    Frank I will be sure and let you know how I like the 0 wt after my first couple of trips. I might even get a little back yard casting in if the wind would stop blowing around here.

    One other question. What would be the biggest size fly I can expect to use with such a lightweight rod?

    Thanks again

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