Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
Rod and/or Line recommendations
One of the great things about this website is its capacity for helping out people that are new to the sport of fishing with a doublehanded flyrod. However, there is such a wealth of information available here, provided by so many different individual circumstances that lead to its accumulation, that there are now enough varied, often contradicting, yet "correct" opinions, as to appear quite confusing to those that are seeking help.
I would like to suggest that whenever someone asks for advice about a particular rod and/or line, that anyone responding validate their response with some type of "history" of their angling background so that everyone can see from what circumstances the responders opinions have evolved.
Joe Newbie writes; I have the opportunity to purchase a Sage 9140 with a 8/9/10 Windcutter for a very reasonable price. I am new to Speycasting and would therefore appreciate some advice about this combination.
Longbelly Surface Fisher responds; Run! As fast as you can away from that outfit! That rod is a gutless, slow piece of spaghetti cooked way past "al dente'". The line is too short to even qualify as anything "Spey", and requires so much stripping that one wonders if there will be any time left to fish. I think that you should get a blah blah blah blah blah blah! This rod blah blah blah 20' long blah blah blah 11 weight blah blah blah very powerful blah blah blah very fast blah blah blah cast 180' blah blah blah! Be sure and get the full floating 140' blah blah line, as blah blah blah blah blah don't need no stinkin' sinktips blah blah blah blah! Don't use weighted flies blah blah blah or sinktips blah blah or shootingheads blah blah blah cause it ain't really flyfishing. I fish the Snake, Grande Ronde, Morice, and Rogue all year around with floating lines only. I do traditional Speycasting with Doubletaper and Longbelly lines, and have been Speycasting for 6 years.
Windcutter Dan responds; Joe, I have been fishing with doublehanders for about 15 years. I fish for steelhead throughout the year, summer and winter runs, from British Columbia to the Oregon coast, from dry flies and floating lines to dredging the bottom with heavy sinktips. I do it all with Windcutter lines. I have found the Sage 9140 to be a great "all-around" rod, and think that you would find the rod to be quite versatile if you decide to take up the "shooting head " style of casting. Be aware that the 9140 has gone through many changes over the years, and that they are all quite capable EXCEPT the very first version with the extra long butt grip and short fore-handle. That particular version is quite soft, and I would suggest getting one of the later models. I would also like to suggest trying the 9/10/11 Windcutter, you may find that it is easier to feel the rod "working" as you are learning, and then trying the 8/9/10 when you become more familiar with how to cast. Good luck and have fun!