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Hello, My name is Bruce I live in Maple Ridge BC (Suburb of Vancouver) I grew up in the east kootenays. I have spent 3 years on Vancouver Island, 18 years in Oregon, and now in Vancouver area. I have fished everywhere I have lived except northern BC. All this time fly fishing (never owned anything but a fly rod) has always been with a single hand rod for 45 years!!! I am just now considering purchasing my first Spey rod!
I want to purchase asap. I'm looking at the Sage X 7130 but not too excited about the cost. I'm 52 years old now, I can afford it but don't want to waste it. Most of the rigs I have fished with since I was 6 years old was hand me downs from my three older brothers (stopping every 30 min to tighten screws on my reel or lose them forever, rod tips flying off, and lets not forget the bird nests I would get with cheap worn out line) I have good gear now but I want to treat myself and get the best. I'm sure there ought to be a very close second to the X that is more affordable? Any thoughts/feedback out there will be appreciated.
I am currently looking in the classifieds.
Thank you...Bruce
 

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Welcome to the Speypages !!
Have a read through the Rod and Tackle Forums. There you will find some great info on rods, reels and gear.
You can also use the search function here for something more specific, like the rod you have mentioned. You may want to checkout reviews on other rods before you decide to pull the trigger. There are some great lower priced rods out there now days that you may want to consider.

Enjoy your time here :)


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Thanks Mike,
I found the forum and did get some good insight. I'm now considering a Winston, Meiser, CND, and a Burkie, maybe wiggle a Echo too just to make sure.

Thanks again for the help Mike!

Bruce
 

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If the money is an issue and you're not in love with the rod, don't get it. These higher end rods are definitely not worth the money from an intrinsic standpoint. They are only worth it if you really want it, which is kind of fun in its own right. You feel like a little kid getting a great present. So, in that sense it is worth it. But, strictly for value, it's not. Case in point: That $1000+ rod will drop to 500$ as soon as the new version comes out. I would recommend getting a used rod. There are tons of super good rods out there and you can get them for half off or over half off in really good shape pretty often. The predecessor to the X is the Sage One. It's awesome, too. There was a Winston BIII TH 7129 recently listed for 475$ in the classifieds. That rod new is like $1150. It's a great rod. A bit "slower" than Sage rods, but still wonderful.

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Thanks for the good advice Bandit, I will admit $ aside that I want to treat myself to the X. I will have a look at a One too...

Regards...Bruce
 

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Bruce
I’m in Vancouver.
I suggest you experiment a bit before taking the plunge on an expensive rod.
For example I have two old Bruce and Walker rods a 13’ Bruce 7-10 and a 15’ Walker.
I practice with these on the North arm of the Fraser

If you want to get started with the 13’ Bruce let me know.
I can let you use it for a while.
I have lots of lines

Jim
 

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Hey Bruce, go talk to Ryan Heitz at Micheal and Young in Surrey. He’s been casting a 2 hander since we were in out twenties( im 45 now). He will help you get an idea and handle on rods, lines, and reels. Check out Scotts line of rods they ate great for what we do around here!!! Cheers.
 

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Hey Bruce. M and Y does a spey clave in April on the 6th. You can try all sorts of rod/line combos, watch demos, free lunch and raffles. If you can wait until then, it might be in your best interests. Most of the reps they deal with will be on hand to answer questions.
 

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Good advice on waiting foe the clave, no need to jump into a big spend without seeing what's out there, I have stayed beside these guys in Smithers in the hotel, they are great guys, wish you luck in this venture.
 
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