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  1. Question sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    I am considering buying a new spey rod , 8wt , and have narrowed down the choice to the Sage Z=Axis 8134-4 or the C F Burkheimer 8134-4. I would appreciate some opinions from members as to the relative merits of these two rods, to help me make up my mind. Thanks, Humpy.

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    Default Re: sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    Can't make a comment on the Burkie. Never fished one.

    I demoed a Z-Axis 8134-4. It casts a line very well. I was comfortable casting a 500 grain Rio Skagit. It bent the rod plenty far enough to cast some #2 Starlight Leeches. Pulling a type 8 head out of the water was rather easy with this rod. It's hard to comment on the fish fighting backbone since the biggest fish that I caught was an 18" wild Rainbow.

    One of my friends prefers this rod with a 550 grain Rio Skagit. He prefers his rods to bend all the way down to the handle.

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    Hate to suggest a pass-off, but you'll likely get more good info on such a spey specific question on the speypages.com board.

    I'll say this, between those two rods the biggest difference lies in the companies themselves and the customer they're after. Its like deciding between buying a great over/under from Beretta/Browning compared to that smaller shop up in _____ that makes the really cool unique stuff that's extremely functional but also different than the mass produced stuff out there. I can't comment on the specific performance of the rods, but from a marketing perspective, they're worlds apart.
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    Default Re: sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    Have you looked at Meiser rods? I have a Meiser and think it may be as close to perfect as perfect gets. Bob Meiser designs rods for three of the major US makers, a Scottish one and a Japanese one, that I know about. I think Sage may even be one of them. I know Rainshadow and TFO are. He invented the switch rod and the term "Grain window" started in his shop to. My next rod will be a Meiser, and the one after that and the one .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest1 View Post
    Have you looked at Meiser rods? I have a Meiser and think it may be as close to perfect as perfect gets. Bob Meiser designs rods for three of the major US makers, a Scottish one and a Japanese one, that I know about. I think Sage may even be one of them. I know Rainshadow and TFO are. He invented the switch rod and the term "Grain window" started in his shop to. My next rod will be a Meiser, and the one after that and the one .......
    ....is that you Bob?

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    Default Re: sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    That post was made by Diver Dan in 2009. It isn't Bob.

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    Default Re: sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    deleted my comment when I realized this was an old thread...

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    Default Re: sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    Yep, ten years.

    I really think the this vs. that threads are misleading. My guess is that I would like both rods because I would just adjust to them and that doesn't help someone who may not. I don't consider myself refined enough that I would detect subtle nuances between 2 really good rods.

    These days I'm using a Sage X 14 foot #8 with a 540 Super Scandi on it and a Spectrum Max reel and I really don't want to try comparing it to another high end rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockriver View Post
    That post was made by Diver Dan in 2009. It isn't Bob.
    ...I know it is a reply to an old post, but it just begged the question lol!

    He should definitely ask Bob for a loyalty discount! :-)


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    Default Re: sage vs burkheimer spey rods

    Ha! Well, those are the only two brands I use, have many of both, and love them all! I am a Washington homer through and through. sage vs burkheimer spey rods.

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