If you owned a older sage 7136 (brown), what dry line and weight would you put on it? I have the RIO 8/9/10 Windcutter and is OK. Think it might be a little over loaded. Been thinking about the Airflo lines.
The Rio WC 6-7-8 seems to load it right for me, same rod. Does a better job when the right length of line is out there, which was part of the learning curve for me with that rod. I bought a DTF for it but never used it... I'll have to give that a try next fall. I am anxious to try the new blank, hear great things about it from Skookum and well pretty much everyone who has it.
Have both the 'old brown' and the 'new green' of the 7136-4. Very different rods; to repeat my self (sorry guys) the 'brown' is a 7wt rod, the 'green' is actually a light 8. The Rio WC 6-7-8 is a wonderful dry line match up for the 'brown' rod. Lots of line choices spooled, but this is the line/reel I just leave on the rod.
OK match up with the 'green,' but I prefer something closer to a 'true' 8wt dry line like a 8 DT or the TT 8 for the 'green' version of this rod.
I've had mine for about 5 years now, so I believe it's the older one(didn't know there was a new one) and so far I have tried the Cortland 444 WF 8/9-F, SA Spey/Salmon taper WF 8/9-F, the SA Steelhead taper WF-8-F, the SA Steelhead taper WF-7-F, and the Rio W/C WWF7/8/9-F, the Cortland line is the line I bought when I bought the rod and I chopped it to fish heads with , I don't mind it, but it gets kinda ugly with heavier heads, the SA lines I didn't like, but the Rio line I like, I haven't and won't chop it because I like it the way it is. I tried the SA Steelhead taper because I was told by someone knowlegable that that is the line he uses for it in the 7 weight, I didn't like it, the 8 weight I tried as I had it for one of my single handed rod, the SA Spey line I didn't like so I chopped it as well and use it for heads(still don't like it)
So this probably didn't help, other than I like the Rio the best but use the Cortland the most as I mostly fish heads this time of year.
Oh, also remember that this is coming from a guy that can't Speycast all that well and these line on this rod in the hands of a well abled Speycaster would work just fine.
I just thought I would tell you my experience with the rod and lines.
I would opt for a line with a bit longer head such as the Airflo long Delta or Rio Midspey - the Windcutter 7/8/9 is 525 grains the 6/7/8 is 455 gr. Seems folks indicate the lower line weight may be best.
The Midspey 6/7 is 490, the Midspey 7/8 is 560
The long Delta 7/8 is 550. (Do not make a 6/7)
I think I would opt for the long Delta or maybe the lighter Midspey I just put the Airflo on my Scott 12'8" 7 wt and it casts like a dream. I think the Scott will be faster and more an 8 than the Sage so that line might be slightly heavy but think it would still be a great choice. Somewhat heavier than the Windcutter but line distributed out over an additional 10 to 15 feet.
I've put a lot of lines on this rod, including some custom lines, but the best off-the-shelf for me was the TT Spey 7/8 (I think it would be the #7 now). It won't turn over really big flies easily without cutting it back a little, but it sure cast those sparse greased line flies nicely.
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