I used one (Sandy Spey Clave), with one of my lines (Skagit Line). I believe it was a 14ft 8wt. I’m a “Skagit caster” It fit my style nicely. I never really got the chance to really test it there wasn’t room on the river. I tried heavy sink tips (My own T-14 10ft.) and it handled it nicely. Easy casting not much effort to cast. A friend was trying it out and he loved it. So that when I took it out for a spin. After talking with Sage reps. the rod will not be out for a while. When they come out I will get one.
Bugged the area rep last time I saw him about the TCR's. He was darn tight lipped, and said other projects had put the TCR speyrods on hold for a while, but who knows what the real deal is. Good to hear they were nice casting rods. Brian, any comment on the rod action? The TCR name implies a super stiff rod, was that really the case?
I'm a short rod kinda guy, I did try the long rods. 14' is the longest rod I use. The best way to think about it is 8124 (8124 was the rod I used for years) longer and stiffer. For the distance I was casting there was plenty more power left in the rod. I used SA Spey Short Head/Home made line on it (730 grains) with no problems.
Unfortunately, Leonard was the first to make a $1000 "fishing pole" back in the 60s or 70s with their Centennial rod...veefish dot net actually has one for sale!
I believe that course-fish match POLES used in Europe can be quite a bit above $1000 too.
Now, there is the whole matter of an associate of mine who got $10K for his Garrison cane rod... and a few Payne's now for sale in the $7000-$9500 range. And the Gillums and the dickersons and the Carlsons in the $4000+ range.
I agree that it is simply unimaginable for a fishing rod to cost that much...now, a SPEY ROD...I'd pay a grand for that :chuckle:
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