I have fished that rod for years,,, very nice smooth casting design.Thanks everyone. As I am sure you probably guessed, I am fairly new to all this. The rod is an older Sage 5120 IIIe that I have been playing with. Seems a little sluggish with a 360 Scandi that a friend recommended for this rod, so I was debating between a 330 and a 300 to try next. I guess I'll go for the 330 and see what happens.
For your leader, are you using a Poly or just tapered mono?I have fished that rod for years,,, very nice smooth casting design.
It was the first 5wt Trout Spey rod introduced to the market,, suffered in the early years due to lack of appropriate line availability,, today we have many great choices.
My favorite line 300gr RIO Scandi with leader about 14-16ft long.
Skagit is 350gr RIO Skagit Flight or 375gr RIO Skagit Short.
Tapered mono,,,, maxima hand tied leaders work great.For your leader, are you using a Poly or just tapered mono?
Agree 100%, I always go as light in weight as possible for comfortable rod loading. This is especially evident with Scandi lines.Kinetic energy of an object is proportional to the square of the object speed.
Lighting a bit on the mass of the head to get more line speed from the line always pays off.