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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I am intending to get a new 14 1/2 to 15' rod in the near future and I like the look of;

1/ Hardy Zephrus 14'6 9/10wt

2/ Sage X 15' 10wt

Where I live, trying before buying is not possible so I would like to hear the opinions of anyone here who has cast or fished any of these rods and could tell me what the actions are like and what lines/weights of lines they like.

I would mainly be using scandi heads with occasional use of speylines and skagit,

Cheers.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 06:51 PM
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Check out Bob Meiser's new line up of CX rods. As well as his S and MKS. I'm sure he will have something that fits the bill. Can't go wrong with anything from Bob

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+1 on the Meiser rods
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 07:53 PM
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A+ on the meisers!
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With you interested in the Sage X 15' 10wt , the Meiser 15011S-4 might be a good match for you. Or even better , give the man himself a call. He is a wealth of info and knowledge.
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Thanks, but has anyone cast any of the two rods in the original post ?
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Thanks, but has anyone cast any of the two rods in the original post ?
haha- this is the interweb. You get the answer people want to give, not the one to the question you asked.

I've cast neither of the rods you've asked about.
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Contact a shop that carries both rods.
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Contact a shop that carries both rods.
Was trying to get the views of the good folks on here, in the hope that they might be more unbiased than those of a tackle shop.
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Definitely Sage X because it is lighter (only ~225g) than Zephrus! Light and thin blank is very nice for Scandi casting and Sage action should be good for long line casting as well.

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i'd think seriously about cork quality, fit and finish, and attention to detail when dropping over a grand on a rod. for the same price, i'd have a long careful look at a 100% US made burkheimer.
fwiw, not those models, but I have cast the two you mention. one is Asian made (should be cheap, right ?) they both cast fine, and were well built for mid price rods

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Thanks, but has anyone cast any of the two rods in the original post ?
Or a rod other than a Meiser? The response up that point was starting to get hilarious/rediculous.
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Or a rod other than a Meiser? The response up that point was starting to get hilarious/rediculous.
I restrained myself, but I love my Meisers (the new CX lineup is crazy nice). And my Burkies.
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I am not a Meiser guy. I fish both Bruce and Walker, and CND in the longer rods and I love these rods. Both, I believe, are rolling their own blanks. And these are the two companies you see mostly among the Spey-o-Rama casters. Though I do here good things about meisers.
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Sage DH rod blanks have the best stiffness/weight ratios at the moment! Loomis did big (about 10%) step from NRX to Asquith and 15ft #10 weights ~249g and Sage X15ft #10 ~225g. CND BW GT weights about 290g but it is also more powerful and obviously stronger as well.

Low swing weight feels great especially when cast Scandi style when it speeds up rod acceleration and stops and of course fishing becomes lighter as well.

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