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Old 01-07-2013, 06:49 PM
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Has anyone had any experience with the 9ft 5wt Z-Axis? Thanks!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:54 PM
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Default Re: 9ft 5wt Z-Axis

I think you'll find lots of folks here have experience with that one. It's a classic. I own one, what are your questions?
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it's a sage, so you can only use it in the west on big water
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Default Re: 9ft 5wt Z-Axis

I have one and use it a lot on bigger trout water. It is a very versatile rod. What exactly are your questions?
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I have one and it is a great rod.
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Default Re: 9ft 5wt Z-Axis

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it's a sage, so you can only use it in the west on big water


How far west is west enough? And how big does the water need to be?
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How far west is west enough? And how big does the water need to be?
Not very far west. I use mine in NH (west of Maine).
Not very big. I use it in places where the rod can touch both banks at the same time.
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it's a sage, so you can only use it in the west on big water
That's funny! And so true...I like mine on the West Branch. Along with the 9'/#5 Zenith, the Z-Axis is a top tier soft tipped, progressively tapered trout rod whose performance is accessible. It is the rod that introduced me to the concept that high line speed and a compliant tip where not mutually exclusive. As soon as I test cast one I had to have one. For full disclosure I must admit I have grown to prefer the ONE with its faster recovering tip and lower mass but its superior dry fly performance may be more technical to extract.
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Default Re: 9ft 5wt Z-Axis

I have one; it fishes well in both the Eastern and Western US, Chilean Patagonia, North Honshu and the Languedoc.

It's still my favorite 9'0" 5 wt. and I put a Sage One back in the rack two Summers ago after comparison casting the two.

If you can get one at a good price, I doubt that you'll ever be disappointed in the purchase.

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