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Hey Y'all,

I just bought a Sage 9150-4 as a slightly beefier cousin to my 8150 (alltime favorite rod) to throw tips and bigger flies in winter and spring.

Dana recommended the Mastery Spey 8/9 as a good line, and I'm curious what others thing - both of the rod itself and lines they've tried and like/dislike.

I'm wondering if the Accelerator 8/9 or 9/10 would be a better match. Ditto for the Wulff TT Spey.

Gracias,

DS
 

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Indicators Anonymous
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For what its worth...

Cook contends that the 8/9 MidSpey is the perfect line for that rod. This is a rod that he had at the clinic on Saturday and we (myself not included as I didnt get a chance to throw the stick) concluded that the 8/9 MidSpey loaded that rod much better then the 8/9/10 WC.

But we were a bunch of neophyte crackers with the big stick so our opinions are probally not worth much... :chuckle:
 

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Hey DS

I have my SA 1011 loaded with a RIO 9/10 ACCL, you're more then welcome to borrow the reel to see if it works on the rod for you. Figured it would be nice first hand. If it overloads the rod, thn you can step down. Ii also have an 8/9/10 WC on my Lamson if you want to try iit also.

Let me know.
 

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Hi DS,

I started out with an 8/9 Midspey on the advice of a friend who has the same rod but found it hard to load. It seems much easier to cast with the 9/10 Accellerator - floating and tips. I'm also more successful shooting line with the Accellerator. I have yet to try a WC. I'd suggest trying a bunch of lines and weights if possible before parting with the change.

All the best with the new rod. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Bob
 

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nice snap, doublespey...

...where'd ya get that picture? ;)

When you come up I'll let you steal all of my 8, 9 & 10 weight lines to test 'em out.

And ya know I'm thinkin' the new Airflo Delta Tapers would load that rod nicely. I should be able to find a few of those around, too...
 

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Thanks for the feedback!

Bob - I was thinking the same thing, that this rod has quite a bit of reserve power and is more a 9/10wt than an 8/9.

Ryan - I'm never one to discount GC's recommendations, but find that there's a range of loads each rod is capable of. What suits one is under/overlined for another.

ST69 - thanks, I may take you up on trying the Accelerator 9/10. That's what I'm guessing will load this rod well.

Dana - not only a host par excellance and allaround fine flyfisherman, he's also got serious skills behind the camera!!:)
Hope I can return the favor sometime soon.

As for the lines, I was also intrigued by the longer Delta taper and would love to try on with this rod. I've already heard great things about this line.

Will post all findings (opinions) on lines after extensive testing!

:D :D

DS
 

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The line that matches my 9150 is a spliced ten-weight consisting of a long belly section with a loop at one end (for mostly sink tips) and a long tapered floating tip end (9-weight down to 8-weight, this taper approx. 28 feet long). To change ends, I pull it off the reel and undo its loop from the large loop in the end of the backing; takes about three minutes.
Functionally, this line does everything I need or want from it -- but I'll still buy one of Way Yin's the first day that SciAng markets them.
 

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I have tried a lot of lines on that rod. Following is MHO on the various lines.

Rio Accelerater 9/10: feels a little heavy for my taste, 8/9 a little better but I am not comfortable with the way this line turns over. Could be just me.

Cortland WF9/10 Spey: casts well. turns over nice, shoots line like a rocket. If that's what you're looking for.

Cortland DT10/11 Spey: This line is essentially the same (size) as the WF9/10 above except in a DT configuation. Casts well and turns over well but starts to feel a little heavy after 70/75 ft. DT9/10 would probably be a better match. And if anyone has this line, I would sure like to try it.

SA Mastery Spey 8/9: best line I have yet to cast on this rod. Can pick up the whole 77 ft and shoot 15/20 ft.

Wulff 10/11 80ft: feels a little heavy after about 70/75 ft but casts well and turns over nice.

Windcutter, MidSpey, Delta short or long: Why bother? If you want to cast these lines, a 14 ft rod is quite capable and less tiring at the end of ther day.
 

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Hey Brian,

I got a new 9150 last fall and fished it for 2 weeks on the Bulkley. I used a Cortland WF8/9 Spey, and a Cortland DT9 Spey with a loop for tips. I also tried it with a RIO 9/10 Midspey. All 3 lines seemed to work OK, the WF8/9 was the best for pure distance. Funny, but the DT9 didn't seem to load the rod quite as well as the other lines. I think a DT10 would probably be about right. I have a DT10/11 that I have been using on my 10150 that I will try eventually. Overall I think this is one Hell of a rod and I would not be surprised if you end up favoring it over your 8150.

Bob
 
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