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I am planning to get a new rod and reel set up to take out to Montana for the summer. I fish a 4/5 wt 8"6 St. Croix rod. I was wondering if anyone would suggest upgrading to a SCott or a Sage next. The St. Croix is great, but nothing matches these top of the line rods. If so what wt. would be most practical out west. Thanx for the help. --------ALG
Also try a Winston.
02-03-99, 11:43 PM
I fish more in this area than out West, so I base my pick on rods, on where I fish the most. The last rod I bought was in Atlanta, the shop allowed me to take 3 rods outside for a test cast. When I found the right rod for me, I went back inside and told the guy to ring it up, and promptly gave him my wife's charge card. (Yeah guys I tell my wife when I buy rods, guns and golf clubs, don't you?)
When I went out West last year I took my Sage 8.5 ft., 5wt. with an extra spool of 5wt. line and 6wt. This rod was used mainly as my nymph rod (I use it around here for nymphs also). The 5wt. line did well in light wind, and in heavier wind I swithed to the 6 wt. line. The other rod is a NEW Sage 8 ft. 4wt., used mainly for dry fly fishing. Two days last year in Colorado, I fished a fork of the Rio Grande, which I hiked into, I only took one rod, I chose the Sage Rod with 4wt. and 5wt. line. The 4wt. for drys, and the 5wr. for the #12 nymphs and #8 wooly buggers.
A friend told me long ago, find the best rod, look at the price tag after you get home.
My two cents worth.
By the way, the fork I fished was away from the crowds, and the fishing was excellent, I can't wait to get back.
ALG....Take a hour or so...go down to the Fish Hawk and cast some rods until you find the one that fits your needs. Eveybody has a different taste and style..whats good for one might not be good for you. Also...as flybyshot suggested look at the price tag afte you get home...Don't skimp and take your second choice because the first was a little overboard. Buy what feels right and remember that most of your higher end rods come with at least a 25year warranty...you pay more, but you have a rod thats yours for most or all of your life.
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