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Classic or iconic 2 handed rods

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I saw an interesting thread a couple of weeks ago regarding classic rods.
I thought this was an interesting topic so I am asking here what you consider to be not only "classic" but "iconic" 2 handed rods.
I think that we would probably put the Sage Brownie into that category, but what else in your opinion qualifies?
I'm really interested in what people's thought are.

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Hello

I saw an interesting thread a couple of weeks ago regarding classic rods.
I thought this was an interesting topic so I am asking here what you consider to be not only "classic" but "iconic" 2 handed rods.
I think that we would probably put the Sage Brownie into that category, but what else in your opinion qualifies?
I'm really interested in what people's thought are.

Thanks

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The Brownies for sure.

Not vintage in any sense, but now out of production - the much beloved dec hogan echo Spey rods ( or decos for short). They are kind of “classic” in that they have a much more old-timey action than is at all popular today. Also in that many people still actively seek them out any worry about their’s breaking now that they don’t make them. So iconic for sure.

I think the Meiser MKS rods are clearly iconic as well since they stand apart and are a certain kind of gold standard. For a particular rod ( one that has its own nickname) the EVE or Highlander classic 14’ 7/8/9 is very iconic and famous. Both of those are still in production, though with new materials.

I’d put the Sage SLT single hand rod in there. I have a two handed conversion rod made out of one so maybe that qualifies but I mostly just use the SH. It’s all taste of course but many people will say this is the best rod sage ever made. But one mans ambrosia is another’s poison. I suspect many of the people that say that do so in direct opposition to sages offerings the past decade. But that one is also one that I and I know a lot of people would happily be buried with.

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Sage - again, and the 8150-4. Perhaps the RPLs too.
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I suppose it depends what defines an iconic or classic rod.
My sage TCX ‘switch’ 8119 to me is about as good as it gets so would get my vote.
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I suppose it depends what defines an iconic or classic rod.
My sage TCX ‘switch’ 8119 to me is about as good as it gets so would get my vote.
The TCX rods have the “distinction” of being in a large group of people’s most loved rod list, while also being on another equally large (if not larger) group of people’s most disliked spey rods list. Very difficult to ever duplicate that combo, so maybe that qualifies it as “iconic” all by itself, but I suppose it’s a special example of the poison vs. ambrosia split.
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classics

Classics: older CND rods ie.- solstice, Winston Derek Brown Favorite,
Sage 7141 euro-style greenie, Brownies, TCX's, Bruce & Walker "Walker",
Meiser Highlander C's & Hybrid models...

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Well, in my short time Spey fishing I owned a Scott ARC 1287. All I can say is that if this model ever comes up for sale in any classifieds id sell a kidney for it!
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Well, in my short time Spey fishing I owned a Scott ARC 1287. All I can say is that if this model ever comes up for sale in any classifieds id sell a kidney for it!
Sounds like there is a story there my friend, as you make it sound like the girl that got away. “Owned”, past tense? Do you need to confess? Did you sell your “one rod to rule them all” before you realized what you had?

I do know for a fact that many people are looking for a kidney, so....

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Sage III 9140-4, the classic brownie. Newer rods outclass it now IMO.
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My list in no particular order:

Classic:

Diawa Alltmor 15'6 9/11
St Croix Imperial 14' 9/10
Derek Brown Favorite 15' 7/8
CND Solstice 13' 6/7
Meiser MKS 12'6" 6/7
Meiser Highlander 15' 8/9/10


Iconic:

Meiser Highlander 14' 7/8/9 EVE
Meiser Highlander 13' 6/7/8
CND Specialist 14' 8/9/10
Derek Brown Favorite 15' 8/9


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My short list would include:

T&T 1307-3
Sage 8150-4
CND 15’2 Solstice
Meiser 13678 MKS

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Thanks Duggan, you kick started my brain and reminded me about my Meiser 13' 6/7/8 Highlander .... it is totally "iconic" in my opinion


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I have only been at this for 10 or so years so not in a position to say what is iconic, but those who I fish with who have been at it for decades all seem to have the same trifecta of burkies
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