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at cabelas. $150 instead of $250. I called and asked if this was the new red or the pre sage red. They said as far as they could tell it was the current red.

Would double check, but according to jeff putnam the redfly destroys everything else in the low end.
 

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A couple friends of mine have picked them up, I would compare the 13ft8/9 to my Scott SAS1308. Fast, one firend put it as "not very refined, but can move some line" Damn nice for $150.00, IMHO. Another friend got the 12ft6in7/8, but I have yet to give it a try. The 1308/9 tosses an Orvis SH9WT with authority.


BUT ONE, YOU NEED MORE RODS........ FOR THAT PRICE, BUY 2.


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Not red, but bluish green.

Bluish green. I've cast the 12'6" 7/8, and it is med-fast progressive with good reserve power. Definitely a best-buy, given the number of too-soft sticks at the lower end of the price range (IMO).
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This looks like a great deal....which size would be better for a beginner?

14 ' 9/10

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15' 10/11


Thanks and take care,

Jim
 

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I cast the 13' 8/9 last weekend with a midspey 8/9 and was surprised at how nice it cast. Probably the sweetest "Cheap" rod I've tried.
 

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Some recommendations, Jim

Hi Jim,

Welcome to the Spey forum!

It would help to have more details about the waters you fish and the presentation you want to fish. Through various sources, from Cabelas to ebay and likely some others, all four sizes of this rod are available.

A 14' 9wt is widely considered the good "all-around". I would never suggest someone just starting go any bigger. However, if you're fishing smaller waters and/or more Skagit or underhand styled (hope I'm not going too fast here), the 13' 8/9 or 12'6" 7/8 might even be better. It really depends on the water and presentation.

I don't know your PA waters, but would happily take the 12'6" 7/8 with a Windcutter 9/10/11 tips line without the middle floating section on any smaller to medium stream and many larger ones in the midwest.

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Thanks, Carl

Thanks for the info Carl. I'm planning on using it int he Delaware river for stripers and since you said the 14' 9/10 is the "all-arounder" that's probably the way I'll go. I like to cover as many bases as possible with my gear 'cause I have a little one due in 3 months so my discretionary spending is going the way of the dodo :) I'm gonna hop on over to cabelas and grab one of them before there all gone.

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Jim
 

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Jamey McLeod said:
A couple friends of mine have picked them up, I would compare the 13ft8/9 to my Scott SAS1308. Fast, one firend put it as "not very refined, but can move some line" Damn nice for $150.00, IMHO. Another friend got the 12ft6in7/8, but I have yet to give it a try. The 1308/9 tosses an Orvis SH9WT with authority.


BUT ONE, YOU NEED MORE RODS........ FOR THAT PRICE, BUY 2.


Jamey
Did your friends get the rods from cabelas? Because while Cabelas did tell me the rods were the new rods, I called Redington and asked if the old rods has the same product number as the old ones, and they said they did. I then asked how I would be able to tell if the cabelas were the old ones or the new ones, and redingtons said they would be the old ones since they have not shipped any of the new ones to cabelas yet.

Has anyone bought one of the cabelas? How did it cast?
 

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Both were from cabelas, I have no clue if they are the old or the new, they are the bluish blanks. I don't really keep up to date on their models. Seems like every 2-3years some other company buys them out and they change everything. They put all other bargained priced rods to shame, plus the are atleast $100.00 cheaper than any of the others. I would get one if your thinking about it. The 1308/9 is a mighty fine stick for $150.00. I have never cast the TFO rods, but have heard good things. I do know that these put the St. Croixs to shame, IMHO.

If you picked up the Orvis SH 9wt or the 10wt for $40.00, you would have a pretty capable system in your hands. A tioga #12 mag would give you a nice combo for under $400.00, which you can't touch anywhere else.
 

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I am demoing two TFO speys right now, the 15' #10 and the 12'6 6 weight. Both are extremely light. Throwing heads with the 10 weight off the grass, overhead casting, I was hitting a flagpole at 150' with a 600 grain head and shooting line. Plenty strong. I don't have a proper spey line that big. The Windcutter 5/6 may be a little underlined on the 12'6" 6 weight because it felt overly light in the hand. I was comfortable casting it and would call it an easy rod to use, but I found that with my more limited proper spey casting skills, the CND Expert was an easier and more pleasurable rod to use. I was still able to overhead cast over 110' with the 6 weight, and I am confident saying it would make a fantastic boat rod.

Looks are a bit simplistic, but all the components are exactly as they should be in terms of fit and length, cork shaping, etc. The cork is pretty poor on both rods.

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Hey Zach...

The Windcutter 5/6 may be a little underlined on the 12'6" 6 weight because it felt overly light in the hand. I was
Try a 6/7 Delta or Delta Long and I think you will be quite surprised. I also have no doubt that Rio's version of the same lines will work just as well. Yes the cork isn't perfect but at $250.00 these rods are really great and they come with a "NO BS" no fault warranty.
 
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