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    Default Opinions please

    As if I could stop you...just kidding.

    Sage FLi or St. Croix Avid.

    Both in 3wt, 7ft. long. Same price.

    I love my 4wt Avid....but I'd like to hear from the experienced masses...
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    When I bought my 4 wt (given to my wife) and 8 wt Sage Launch rods, I also cast the Fli. For my casting style I preferred the Launch. The Fli is a faster rod than the Launch or Avid. I gave my son a 4 wt and 6 wt Avid. Again, for my casting stroke the Avid works better. I like the grip on the Avid better than either of the Sage rods, too. Lastly, the Fli felt heavier in the hand than either of the other rods.

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    I would expect the Avid to be a bit softer, which should do a bit better in close casting situations where that rod would be ideal. And I'll testify that I'm suprised by how light my 8' 5wt Avid is every time I pull it out.

    But if I was looking for that kind of rod, I'd go up to 7'6", or to fiberglass.
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    My only experience with FLi's has been 5wt and up. Stiff as a plank. I owned
    an Avid 5wt, and have wiggled all the others. The 3wt Avid is a very responsive rod, and I'm debating whether or not to buy one at 30% off
    locally. That Avid is a 7'9", however. Nice rod!

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    Thanx for the input.

    My reasoning is this on the 7ft. length. I already have a St. Croix LU in 2wt, 7ft 6in. I purchased this rod just for panfish. I could use it in small spring creeks, but I wanted something a bit shorter as distance is not necessary.

    As a side note, I was out in the backyard the last few nights practicing. Last night, I put out a couple of the kid's hoola hoops at approx 45 and 50 ft (didn't measure it off, just tossed them in a few places in the yard). I was working on accuracy at that distance. I didn't do bad. I did, however, find out a few things:

    I can, most definately, cast the 9' 5wt Quarrow Big Horn way better than my St. Croix old model Imperial of the same length/wt. It is night and day. After working on my casting mechanics (not that they are really any good, but I work with what I know), I could get the "fly" in the farthest hoop from pickup through shooting. I was pretty happy. I could do it with the Imperial, but it seemed more work. The Quarrow is definately a bit slower and I could load it better.

    The 8ft 4wt Avid took a few casts to adjust to the fact that I didn't have the extra 12", but I could get it there, also. The WF4F did well, but it really shined with the WF5F. I had to lengthen my stroke to keep all that line moving how I want it.

    I definately like the Avid as it, too, is a bit slower. Perhaps I'm a bit heavy handed, but I feel that I can cast the 4 or 5wts better than my 2.
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    How about a Cortland Brook in the same size and wt?
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    Hey, I didn't know that you had became part of the Quarrow Big Horn cult! You know that I have two of them and my 9' 7wt. is a regular launch pad for even weighted 1/0 salmon flies plus split shot. I would go with the St Croix.

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    I can, most definately, cast the 9' 5wt Quarrow Big Horn way better than my St. Croix old model Imperial of the same length/wt. It is night and day
    Hey, I didn't know that you had became part of the Quarrow Big Horn cult! You know that I have two of them and my 9' 7wt. is a regular launch pad for even weighted 1/0 salmon flies plus split shot
    Hi guys!you're going to convince me to buy one

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    Ard,

    Yep, I think I got it last fall. Did some initail lawn casting and I liked it. I have somewhat limited ability, so I can't say I was "amazed", but I could feel the difference. Bought it on your advisement. I think Cliff got one too.

    jbbfly,

    Do not hesitate. Since I really don't have the cash to throw around for expensive gear, I took a chance on Ard's recommendation and got one. I love this rod and is my "go to" for intermediate trout streams where I mostly fish. It'll be with me when I go again in a few weeks.
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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