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    Default Another "Which rod should I buy?" thread

    I am looking at buying two new Sage rods and was hoping for some guidance... Note: I can't test any of the rods before and I will be buying Sage.

    I've fished a lot with a 5wt XP and really enjoy that rod so you get the kind of action I like.

    I'm looking for 2 rods:

    A 5wt for the Eastern Cape stillwaters (Winterberg and Stormberg areas)

    A 2 or 3wt for rivers around the Barkly / Rhodes areas for trout and yellows. (I'm completely new to river fishing so I have no idea what to look for here)

    For the 5wt I was thinking a 9ft Sage One or Method. Which of the two would you recommend?

    For the 2 or 3wt, well which Sage would you recommend for my application?

    Thanks,

    Ranger
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    For the 5WT the Method is a wild stick, you just need to be prepared to upline it to get reasonable performance out of it, they are really really really stiff sticks and if you're looking for a multi-functionate (dry fly and streamers) I think the One might be a better choice considering your familiarity with the XP. The Method is a canon.
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    For the rivers #3 ESN. 10"
    Lovely rod for nymphing, a good rod for dry fly. The 10" gives you the reach.
    when the rivers a bit high the #2 will be a bit light.
    When the rivers are low, the #2 will perfect.
    The basic is that you can do more with the #3 than with the #2.

    For the still waters I would go for the One. but in 10".
    When the rivers in Eastern Cape is high, it will be suitable for river fishing as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korrie View Post
    For the rivers #3 ESN. 10"
    Lovely rod for nymphing, a good rod for dry fly. The 10" gives you the reach.
    when the rivers a bit high the #2 will be a bit light.
    When the rivers are low, the #2 will perfect.
    The basic is that you can do more with the #3 than with the #2.

    For the still waters I would go for the One. but in 10".
    When the rivers in Eastern Cape is high, it will be suitable for river fishing as well.
    +1 for the suggestion as above!
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    I support the view on the 5 wt One but think the Sage 2711-4 txl-f would be the better choice for stream fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Smith View Post
    I support the view on the 5 wt One but think the Sage 2711-4 txl-f would be the better choice for stream fishing.
    The TXL-F is a great rod yes, but heard rumours that it's soon to be discontinued (anyone that can confirm this and possible date?) :-( I have 2 TXL-Fs and love them to bits.
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    Thanks for the input guys, I have settled on a 9'6" Sage One in 5wt, I am however, still not sure about about the 3wt as I have now just spoken to a guy who fishes the Rhodes area quite a lot and he is suggesting I go no longer than 7'6". Is there such a thing as a general purpose 3wt rod length for medium to small rivers?
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    I really do suggest go longer the that. Thats a tiny stick. I would only use that for seriously bushed in streams. I use a 10ft 2wt ESN for Rhodes and it works dam well. The very least I would go it 8ft. The TXL is an amazing stick, its what I use for the headwaters at Rhodes especially in a 0wt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Thanks for the input guys, I have settled on a 9'6" Sage One in 5wt, I am however, still not sure about about the 3wt as I have now just spoken to a guy who fishes the Rhodes area quite a lot and he is suggesting I go no longer than 7'6". Is there such a thing as a general purpose 3wt rod length for medium to small rivers?
    Did he say why he wouldn't go longer than 7'6"?

    I would say go no shorter than 9'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    as I have now just spoken to a guy who fishes the Rhodes area quite a lot and he is suggesting I go no longer than 7'6".
    Since the willows have been cleared there are very few beats left where a short rod would be an advantage. I also prefer a shorter rod but that's a personal preference, and on most beats a longer rod would be to your advantage. I cannot think of more than 3 beats where you would *NEED* to have a shorter rod for getting in under trees etc. I fish the Rhodes area on the odd occasion, and honestly, get the longer rod, you will not be sorry.
    Mario Geldenhuys
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