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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-11-2001, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Originator: marketicDate: 12/11/2001 7:31 PM
At the risk of injecting more crass commercialism into the spirit of Christmas, is there anyone out there who would consider barter trade for a new-in-tube Sage 8150-5?  I call it a 5 piece because it comes complete with two (2) Sage manufactured butt sections, one of them stock from Sage, the other built by myself with a Struble U-16 spey reel seat  modified for overhead casting and designed to fit  antique reels such as the old Hardy Perfects and Super Silexes.  I'm looking to trade for a Sage 9141-4.  Thanks for the considerations and Happy Holidays.     
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-12-2001, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: WhistlerDate: 12/11/2001 11:03 PM
I know a few people who have been looking for this rod(8150). How much were you thinking and I can pass the info along. You do realize that you're selling the nicest Speyrod out there? The 9141 is a great casting tool, but the 8150 is the sweetest to fish with, should say WAS I guess. In any event I'm sure you will have no problem moving it as they are now hard to come by.Brian N
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-12-2001, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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hello, Brian
Thanks for the comeback.  I've got a bit more invested in that 8150-5 then I would admit to in polite company because of the extra butt section and the expensive components I attached to it.  I agree with you its a wonderful rod but I found its characteristics dulicate those of rods I already own and have more sentimental attachments to.
I'm thinking the 91410-4 would follow quite nicely in the footsteps of a 7141-0 I built this past fall (but found to be a bit overpowered when bent to bigger fish) .
As mentioned, the 8150-5 has been specially modified to accept  the 3 1/2" feet of antique reels such as the old Perfects, Uniquas etc, . There's also some extremely unique customization on this extra butt section, making it one of a kind.  Pix available upon request, and thanks for the considerations.   Eric 
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-13-2001, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: cootDate: 12/12/2001 8:26 PM

Hi: I am inrigued by the double butt spey rod you have offered mainly
because I have been building somewhat similar rods for a number of years.
My most recent is a Talon 14' 10 wt 3 piece. The extra butt was shortened
by 2 feet. Both butt sections have been fitted with two reel seats one in
normal fly reel position the other in a baitcast reel position.
This setup allows me to fish a 12 foot baitcaster float rod with either a
centerpin reel or a baitcaster and to quickly change over to fly tackle
using the 12' for overhead casting and the longer butt for spey casting. It
allows me the luxury of not having to pack two seperate rods but to still
flyfish,floatfish or drift fish depending on the water requirements.
Bud Smithers
Kelowna BC

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-13-2001, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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hello, Bud
Be careful making a public confession like that -- you could get yourself  tarred and feathered! (just kidding, although the "feathered" part seemed to be apt...)
Yes, there's alot to be said about modifying butt sections.  I exclusively use antique reels so that's what compelled me to invest the extra money and turn an 8150-4 into an 8150-5 .  I have 10 long rods, 7 of which have the modified butt section.
There's nothing quite like hearing the roar of a 100 year old brass-faced Perfect when fast to a fresh-run fish.  But there's also nothing quite so disconcerting as having all this happen knowing your honey-bunny of a reel is attached to the butt of the rod with electrical tape.  Been there and done that.   I've also had them fall off while being there and doing that...
And speaking of modified butt sections,  I recently approached one of the more highly visible rod manufacturers with several ideas on how they could improve their product lines, one of those ideas being the addition of longer inserts in the reel seat to accomodate the antique reels that you see more and more of getting snapped up on the auction sites.  I was politely told to "butt off" because they had no interest in "customized rods"...  So much for progress.
For any of you who don't want to see your lovely antique reels sulking behind the glass of a display cabinet, any insert 3 1/2"  or larger will do the trick; Struble takes those special orders in stride and will produce them witout any undue waiting period.
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