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The correct rod

I ran into this same problem with buying my first spey rod. I refused to buy any rod that I could not test first. I was not about to spend that kind of money on a rod and not have any idea what I was buying. Simply put if I could not spend a day on the river fishing the set up I was interested in I would not consider it. Fortunately the fly shop that I do most of my businees with was willing to work with me on this. They asked me what I was looking for and within a week I had a number of rods available for me to try. Sage, Winston etc..... They simply called there reps and had a few shipped in for demo's. You wouldnt buy a car simply by reading car and driver and walking through a lot or two without test driving one would you? There are notable exceptions such as custom built rods like a CF Burkheimer but I am not sure that your first rod should be a rod like that. You wouldnt buy a ferrari or a porsche for your first car................. Uh or maybe you should! But thats another post entirely. By the way everyone told that I should buy the Sage 9140 and after testing a number of rods, that ended up being the one I purchased!
 
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