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Old 02-07-2014, 05:30 PM
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Sage One or Method

Guys/Gals,

Just looking for some advice out there, i;m currently getting my dad outfit (he finally decided to switch over to the spey after 20 years of using his single hand rod on the Deschutes). I'm looking at either the Sage One or Method in the 7wt and wondering which one would be the best for a guy who's 60, new to spey casting and would be fishing the Deschutes mainly. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:07 PM
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Hi...

...I never cast the Method...but I have several One's.

Surely a nice rod, the Method...but the color!

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:33 PM
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Different Strokes

Both the ONE and Method 7126 are great rods but very different. I found the ONE more pleasing and full flexing - perhaps a better call for the new speycaster. The Method 7126 is a lot of rody - I liked it but passed on it in favor of the Method 6126 - which has quickly risen to the top of my quiver. It does everything!!
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:33 PM
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See if you can locate the TCX7126-4. Lovely rod (very forgiving) for almost have the price.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:48 PM
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Save some cash and buy a Meiser.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:55 PM
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The One is definitely more forgiving. I have the 7126 and it is very nice.
I have a Method 8126 and haven't had much time with it but it wouldn't be friendly to beginners or even intermediate spey dudes, it's seriously stiff! The colour in real life is growing on me,
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:12 AM
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My first choice for a new to Spey guy looking at a Sage rod would be 7136 Z axis as 1st choice, 2nd choice would be the 7136 One. I think a Method would be less forgiving....
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:25 AM
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13'6" 7wt Sage One, a great rod for the Deschutes.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:30 AM
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Method 7126 all the way. My wife has never casted a spey rod before and within 10 minutes she was shooting line with it. I think the Method is something you can grow into and never grow out of. Heck of a rod. But devils advocate... Why not a Winston BIII TH 7129? Has tons of power for lifting T14 all day and won't wear you out in the process. Plus you'll have $100 extra in your pocket. I re-read your post and if the Deschutes is where he'll be fishing most. I'd go with a Winston 6126, since it's mostly summer runs anyway. But the 7129 would be a great all round rod for our coastal winter runs and Deschutes winds. If you want to try the winston PM me and we can make something happen.

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Old 02-08-2014, 12:59 AM
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For a guy who is new to spey casting, I think the Sage ONE 7136-4 is an excellent choice. I actually own this and quite a few other different rods and think that most of the different Sage 7136's that have been produced over the years are excellent rods. The ONE 7136-4 is a pleasure to use as IMO the 13'6" spey rods are somewhat more forgiving re:timing than the 12'6" rods I have owned. For a person who is just switching over to spey casting from single hand casting, I think this is important. I haven't had the opportunity to try a Method double hander, so can't comment on those other than that curiously, a 13'6" rod is missing from the Method lineup.
Must admit that I've cast other rods in the 13 foot range that I really liked too. If it is at all possible, I would try to arrange to have your Dad try before you buy. Rods are such a personal thing.
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:20 AM
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Save some cash and buy a Meiser.
+1 to that.

But to respond directly -- everybody is different and doubtless there are exceptions, but, an "ultra-fast" action rod (Sage's words, not mine) is not what would come to my mind as a beginner rig.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:12 AM
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I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed with a Burkheimer 7134-4...

Believe the Classic Burkheimer 7134-4 is cheaper than the Sage models you are considering as well...

Just a thought.

The 7126 Sage One is the only One series rod I have cast, but it was lined too heavy for my taste at the event I casted it at and made it feel very very soft so cannot give an accurate description as to what I really thought of it other than it did have a good fit and finish. If you are a beginner, it would likely be a better option than a rod stated to be ultra fast, however in some cases the faster rods suit an anglers casting stroke better regardless of skill level so tough to say. I would find a shop that can let you cast one instead of basing your decision on what others prefer, rod choice is one of personal preference. One guy will love a rod with line X, another only likes it with line Y and the third guy doesn't like the rod regardless of line, just the way it goes...

I think I am going to go and try to find some open water, spending way too much time online as of late and no time on the water, cabin fever is in full effect!
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:50 PM
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Thanks for the help

Guys,

Just wanted to say thanks for all the advice. I went with the Sage One 13' 6 for those of you wondering. Thanks again for all the helpful comments.
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:18 AM
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My first choice for a new to Spey guy looking at a Sage rod would be 7136 Z axis as 1st choice, 2nd choice would be the 7136 One. I think a Method would be less forgiving....
Why the Z-Axis over the One?
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:11 AM
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Hi Matt,

The Z feels a tad softer/slower than the One and thus a tad more forgiving on timing...faster rods are great fun but timing gets more critical and that can be frustrating to a new caster.
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