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Tracker12 03-27-2009 11:03 AM

Sage RPL series Rod ??
I am looking at a used Sage RPL series rod. Any feedback on the quality and performance of these rods would be appreciated.

Frank Whiton 03-27-2009 11:54 AM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
Hi Tracker12,

The Sage RPL are great rods. I think they are the rods that put Sage on the map. I think they would be a good choice. Here is a link to a FAQ on how to select a used rod.

All of my Sage rods are RPL or RPL+ rods. Some like the XP better than the RPL. The XP replaced the RPL series. These rods don't use the latest technology and materials so they will be a bit heavier than some recent rods. Definitely a good choice in the 8wt and up rods. My favorite trout rod is a 5wt, 9'6" RPL+ rod. These are medium-fast to fast action rods.


Tracker12 03-27-2009 12:22 PM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
I steelhead fished with a 10' 8wt RPL and liked the rod very much. I have a line on a 8'6' 5wt RPL and was looking at that for a trout rod.

SkipS 03-27-2009 01:19 PM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
I have 2 RPL's,an 890-4 that I built about 20 years ago and a 690-4 that is my favorite bass rod.The 890 gets fished in the salt on a regular basis and the 690 has seen many outings for SMB on the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers.You just cant go wrong with an RPL.

Tracker12 03-27-2009 08:17 PM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
Good news. I think I am going to try and negociate for the rod I found.

GRN 03-28-2009 08:14 PM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
Go for it. Many feel that they created a new bench mark in graphite in their time, and for a while beyond. The RPL blank was also used in the VPS with less glitzy trimmings. Heavier than more recent models, but in many ways more dynamic than many newer rods as well because they seem to change yet still play well with different lines. I still have 476-4, 590-4, and a 686. The RPL is med-fast, the RPL+ is a tomato stake (I used to have a 790-4 and 996-4 which caught the pig in my avatar pic) which all anglers I know who have fished them found they perform best when over lined.


Tracker12 03-29-2009 09:34 AM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
So are you saying that the RPL+ is not as desirable as the Original RPL

rag 03-29-2009 10:58 AM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
I'm selling one if you are interested...............

Sage GFL 1090 3 RPLX Graphite III
9 ft, 10 wt, 5 oz, 3 piece. Includes Sage sock and tube.
Rod is in new condition with no detectable signs of any use.

610 698 9937

Tracker12 03-31-2009 07:55 AM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
So when I look at rods I see some with the designation RPL, RPL+ and RPLX. What are the differnces and are some better than others?

Frank Whiton 03-31-2009 08:23 AM

Re: Sage RPL series Rod ??
Hi Tracker12,

It is not about one rod being better than the other rods. If I remember correctly they are all built with graphite III. The difference is in the action and flex of the rods. The RPL is more of a medium-fast action and the + and X are faster action with mostly a tip flex and stiffer.


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