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    Default Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Straight to the moral- don't sell cool fly fishing gear unless you have to, you'll regret it. Some of my regrets- what are yours-

    Thomas and Thomas 9'6 10wt very cool rod. Sold the rod and the paired reel, a Lamson Litespeed #4. The reel was so/so, but I miss the rod.

    Sage 6100RPL- This was a very fun steelhead rod, I had rod builder install a fighting butt. I traded this rod for a Sage 790RPL, which is lighter and I like the action. I kind of miss the 6wt but this doesn't sting too badly.

    Sage 5200 Saltwater reel- very cool Abel-like reel, I'm an idiot....

    Sage 707 reel- another very cool reel but I used the bajezus out it, used it as trade on an Abel, I sleep well after this trade..

    Abel TR3, meh... neither here nor there, like the 707 I'm ok losing this one.

    Marratt 3/4 reel- mmmm, pretty shiny gold reel. Traded off- kept locking up. Whoever got this little gem is likely still mad...

    A whole truck load of Lamson LPs- heavy, cheap, indestructible. Did I mention heavy?

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Missed:
    Orvis Trout Bum 8' 4wt. - One of the best casting rods I have ever owned always hurts when I think about her.
    Sage ZXL 8'6" 4wt. - Great fishing dry fly rod that handled everything I could throw at her.
    Just sold a 9' 5wt. Sage Z-Axis that I will keep thinking about. Good thing I have two of them! My favorite rod of all time.

    Not missed:
    Scott S4 9'5wt. - Way to heavy and "dumb" feeling
    Sage Z-Axis 10' 5wt. - Too much tip of a bouncy tip for my taste.
    Sage 3850CF and Sage 2550 reels - Heavy reels that I sold to feed my addiction!

    Randy
    “Fishing for me, as funny as it sounds, is sorta my brand of praying almost. I’m never closer to my spirituality than when I’m in the act of fishing.” - JT Van Zandt

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Quote Originally Posted by trout champ View Post
    Missed:
    Orvis Trout Bum 8' 4wt. - One of the best casting rods I have ever owned always hurts when I think about her.
    Sage ZXL 8'6" 4wt. - Great fishing dry fly rod that handled everything I could throw at her.
    Just sold a 9' 5wt. Sage Z-Axis that I will keep thinking about. Good thing I have two of them! My favorite rod of all time.

    Not missed:
    Scott S4 9'5wt. - Way to heavy and "dumb" feeling
    Sage Z-Axis 10' 5wt. - Too much tip of a bouncy tip for my taste.
    Sage 3850CF and Sage 2550 reels - Heavy reels that I sold to feed my addiction!

    Randy

    yep- I'd miss that ZXL too. Along with a Sage One 9' 9wt that I had the pleasure to chase redfish with, that ZXL made me tingly.

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Hi guys, been a few months since I posted here.

    Regret selling St Croix Avid 7'9" 3wt that was a great dry fly rod, it had a Ross Rhythm on it.


    So glad I sold a TFO finesse 1wt. I love fishing 1wt rods but it had no backbone at all. I couldn't cast it more than 10 feet ( operator error is a contributing factor I'm sure )


    Replaced the avid years later with a 7'6" ZXL 3wt and overpaid for a Ross rhythm just to get one back in the stable.
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    missed- some dude got a nib lamson litespeed 4 as a office gift.
    didn't fish, wanted 100.00 obo
    another was a 1939 medalist that was listed for 25.00 buy it now
    on the big auction site.

    casey


    ARFE

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    I can't say that I regret letting any of my tackle go, but...

    I owned a made in USA Powell LGA that was a two piece 10 foot 5 weight. It was a great nymphing stick. I broke the tip on it and sent it to Powell. It was replaced with a newer three piece version that was made offshore. The rod did not perform the same. I expected a slight difference due the ferruling, but it seemed like graphite blank was different.

    I was glad to see that rod go. I was not phased by the loss because I had purchased a Sage XP which eventually got upgraded.

    Was I sad to see the XP go? No. I replaced that with a Z-Axis which I still use today. Plus I sold the XP to one my best friends, and he still uses it.

    Dennis

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Two immediatly come to mind, both Sages. (Actually gave both rods away to kids I'd met on the river.) 7136-4 and the 8136-4, both original issue
    brownies right off the production line.

    Have purchased 'new/old' ones in the last few months. A real walk down memory line. The third was a 12'3" Anderson 8wt, Skagit head, sink tip and SpeyCo reel. Close young friend from (10+?) years back asked (a couple of months back) if 'Can I cast that?' For context, I'd taught him how to cast a 2hander a long time back.

    Showed how to workwith a Skagit Head and he's totally in the grove minutes later. My Yellow Lab and I just went back to the beach and I had a couple of smokes, then took a nap. Nate's banging them out better than I was. He had to 'aim' down stream as he'd have been in the trees across the river.

    Man in his 'element?' The 'rod/rig and the Guy?'

    Fishing a few day later and brought the rod tube; he had fun. End of day and I asked him to break down the rod and put sections in the cloth/tube. And handed the tube/reel/line to him and 'It's yours.'

    Bluster-bluster ... 'But I can't!!??'

    'Son, I'm just short of 71 and you're going to get this rod in my Will; or you can take it now.' That was a statement, not a question.


    fae
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Quote Originally Posted by fredaevans View Post
    Two immediatly come to mind, both Sages. (Actually gave both rods away to kids I'd met on the river.) 7136-4 and the 8136-4, both original issue
    brownies right off the production line.

    Have purchased 'new/old' ones in the last few months. A real walk down memory line. The third was a 12'3" Anderson 8wt, Skagit head, sink tip and SpeyCo reel. Close young friend from (10+?) years back asked (a couple of months back) if 'Can I cast that?' For context, I'd taught him how to cast a 2hander a long time back.

    Showed how to workwith a Skagit Head and he's totally in the grove minutes later. My Yellow Lab and I just went back to the beach and I had a couple of smokes, then took a nap. Nate's banging them out better than I was. He had to 'aim' down stream as he'd have been in the trees across the river.

    Man in his 'element?' The 'rod/rig and the Guy?'

    Fishing a few day later and brought the rod tube; he had fun. End of day and I asked him to break down the rod and put sections in the cloth/tube. And handed the tube/reel/line to him and 'It's yours.'

    Bluster-bluster ... 'But I can't!!??'

    'Son, I'm just short of 71 and you're going to get this rod in my Will; or you can take it now.' That was a statement, not a question.


    fae
    For lack of a better word...AWESOME!


    Regrets; a few...but hands down the worst is selling a 3 5/8" circa 1980 Hardy Perfect and spare spool with DOUBLE case and CREAM agate line guard in MINT condition...thought I needed the $$
    "I cast my hook into a single stream; but my pleasure is as if I owned a kingdom." - Chi K'ang (223-262)

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    Havent sold any I regret yet.

    Sold an 8wt St Croix reign for almost what I paid for it after a year, pretty dang pleased with that. gave my other Reign to a buddy to get him into the sport, also feel good about that.
    "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

    Storm Drain Bonefisher

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    Default Re: Rods/reels you've sold and regretted- others that you gladly sent packing..

    I have been thinning my rod collection the past few years to upgrade. I sold 5wt ZXL and 6wt XP to get a 5wt I had to have. Absolutely no regrets after casting the new one. Also sold an older Orvis rod/reel setup to get another 4wt I really wanted. I almost did make a mistake that I would have regretted. I put up my very first rod and reel. It was an Orvis Rocky Mountain 5wt with the Orvis click and pawl reel. Had somebody look at it, but I really started feeling guilty and was relieved when he said he did not want it. They are now "retired" and sit next to my fly tying desk.

    Lately I have been selling stuff from other hobbies that have taken a back seat to fishing. Sold all of my reloading equipment to help pay for a spey rod, and just sold much of my dog training equipment for a new vise. No regrets on any of that as I went off the deep end with fishing about 10y ago so the other stuff was collecting dust.

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