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    Default Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    Im deciding on which lighter 4wt to go with...I have never casted the 8' winston. How do they compare?

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    One vote here for the BIIx 8' 4 wt.; if you can still get them. They've been phased out to make room for the new BIIIx's.

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    The Biix has more backbone, so I think it is more flexible in how you can use it. I had that exact rod and was able to throw everything from tiny dry flies to small streamers with it. I think the TXL is more limited to handling dry flies - just my opinion.....let me clarify - you can throw small streamers with the TXL, but it is more difficult to cast them very far.

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    Well....if you're going to look at the Winston Borons, take a look at the Sage ZXL rods. The ZXL 4wt's are great with both drys, streamers, and nymphs. Using a 4 1/2 wt line makes tossing heavier stuff easy with the ZXL, and a line like SA's Mastery Trout delivers dry flies very delicately, in close or out far, and handles wind nicely.

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB2 View Post
    Well....if you're going to look at the Winston Borons, take a look at the Sage ZXL rods. The ZXL 4wt's are great with both drys, streamers, and nymphs. Using a 4 1/2 wt line makes tossing heavier stuff easy with the ZXL, and a line like SA's Mastery Trout delivers dry flies very delicately, in close or out far, and handles wind nicely.
    I would actually like the ZXL more...this rod wont be used much though so I wanted to stay in a certain price point. I noticed the txl had a faster action for a lighter rod and no one local has any more bIIx's in that length in stock. I found some on line though.

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    If you can get the Winston TMF (Tom Morgan Favorite) I still believe that is the finest Eight foot four ever made. The WT rods have a lot more hidden reserve power then the B IIX's which can fold sometimes.

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    Quote Originally Posted by burk48237 View Post
    The WT rods have a lot more hidden reserve power then the B IIX's which can fold sometimes.
    Fold sometimes? What does that mean?

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    Default Re: Sage TXL 7'10" 4wt or winston BIIx 8' 4wt

    I agree with Frank on the Sage rods.
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