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Every maker has a gem in their entire line that is superb "must have" rod for a given application. Good rod and line combinations have soul and feel like you've hit a home run when they are right and these gems have it.

Curious as to what you guys have found to be the "best of the best" out there...

These are my "gems":

Sage 9140 'Greenie'
Meiser MKS 13678
TFO 1510

What else?

Chris
 

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Hey Gator...

You've left the best rod you ever had off the list. It is that 14' that you sent West recently. :smokin:
 

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Meiser 13'6" 8/9 with two tips/Loop Adapted head.
CND Steelhead Specialist/Carron
B&W Kola 15'3"/XLT & Grandspey

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Sage 6126-3 for Spring to late fall in N California and SW Oregon.

Sage TCR 9129-3 may become the rod for bigger rivers and fish in the late fall and winters in N California and SW Oregon with the Skagit 650.

Meiser's 9/10 weight 10.5' switch rod for striper fishing in N California from a boat.

Meiser's 5/6 and 7/8 switch rods for smaller streams and when fishing out of a boat for big trout.
 

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Anderson/burkie 1265-3

This little rod has quickly become one of my favorites. It can cast anything from a windcutter with tips to a long belly line.

-Doug
 

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Choice sticks

CND Steelhead Specialist for all-around anadromous fishing.

Bob Meiser's 11'7" 5/6/7 Quick Progressive--awesome smaller stream rod for trout, smallies, carp, and midwest smaller stream steelhead.

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Burkheimer 1398
I'd agree with this, but choose the Burkie 13/6 and the (sorry fellows :hihi: ) Meiser's 13/6 "FES."

All three rods are true 'fishing tools,' cast well under any set of conditions, will handle floating/sinking/tips .. and the 13/6 is THE easiest rod to teach a 'newbie' you can put into his/her hands. :saeek:
 

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Meiser 14' 8/9 highlander for the best " all arounder" in my arsenal!
Burkie 8139 a very,very close second.
Burkie 15' 10,11,12 L.T special custom for its raw power as a long line launcher.
CND salar for its sweet action!
CND SS specialist
 

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Agree with MJC Sage old 9140-3 and add [email protected] 1208. For some strange reason the T&T 1510-5 and I are having a few issues. Now and again we seem to get it together well but we dont really seem to be in tune alot of the time. Dont really understand it because the 1409 and I work well together. Flytyer any comment appreciated.
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Agree with MJC Sage old 9140-3
Actually I was talking about Gator's 9140-4 "greenie". To me the action is very close to my beloved CND Expert 1409, which is at the top of my list.
 

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Diamondback 12'6", 9/10wt

This rod I purchased of ebay for a great price as an introductory rod to the world of spey casting.
I purchased a double taper line initially doing as told in my Derek Brown casting video.
As with their single handed rods these are very fast and it took me a while to realiize that attempting traditional casting methods did not work well.
With the help of the information on this site I followed up with an airflo system and puchased the Dec Hogan DVD.
I am totally captivated by this ballet of rod, line and caster that catching a fish has become a secondary thrill.
 

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9140 greenie

MJC,
I have the 9140 greenie but haven't found a line that I really like yet. Currently I'm fishing a midspey 8/9 that is a pretty good match. What lines do you prefer for it?
 

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G.Loomis Stinger GLX 15´
G.Loomis GLX 13´
Sage GIII European 15´
Sage TCR 12,9´

i rest my case :razz: :smokin:
 
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