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George  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:44:03 AM(UTC)
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Fellas,

I am in the market for a new rod and love fast-action. I plan to go high end on this one and want to get it right. I tried my buddy's new Hardy Zephrus and loved it. It put the fly on a dead line from 50 feet out and everything in between. But, I would prefer to buy American and I will require a no questions warranty. What do you all think? What will be comparable to my buddy's Zephrus? Helios 2? I want an 8'6" 4 wt.

Thanks for any and all input.

Helios 2
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Zugbug  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:51:07 AM(UTC)
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Take a look at the Sage X. It is definitely a fast action rod, but it is a bit more versatile and user friendly than most other fast action rods, including other Sage models. I have quite a few fly rods, mostly fast action, and the 6 wt X is my favorite.
George  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:04:50 AM(UTC)
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I just reviewed the Sage X and it looks like a great option. Good looking too. Now, I'm excited about this one. Gonna find a place where I can demo it.
Zugbug  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:11:49 AM(UTC)
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Fontana Sports (Madison) carries Sage rods. I don't know whether they have any X's in stock.
EddieRivard  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:31:59 PM(UTC)
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If you like the Hardy just buy it then put an American made reel on it to ease your troubled mind.
trapper  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:28:54 PM(UTC)
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Tightlines Fly Shop carries the Sage rods.
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hek  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:10:55 PM(UTC)
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I really like the Sage Mod. If you are going to be test casting a bunch of rods, you might want to consider adding it to the list.

Gerrber  
#8 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:12:17 PM(UTC)
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If your sampling rods you may want to look into the Echo Boost, they tout it as one of the faster rods they make. If your looking for something 8wt and up they released a super fast action rod called the EPR that I'm thinking of getting in 10wt for toothy critters.
George  
#9 Posted : Monday, April 24, 2017 8:51:04 PM(UTC)
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I found some Sage One's for $500 so a great deal since they are discontinued but I do want the latest technology if it's worth it. Will I notice a difference between the Sage One and the new Sage X?
Zugbug  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:42:07 AM(UTC)
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In my opinion, you will notice a difference. As I mentioned earlier in this thread, I have a 6 wt X. I don't own a Sage One, but I have fished with them - a 5 wt and an 11 wt. They are both definitely fast action rods, but the Flex pattern of the X seems more progressive - at least it feels that way to me. The One is a great rod if you're casting longer distances, but it doesn't load very well at short distances - again, that's just my opinion, and I've never tried the smaller Ones.
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