The best range of single handers ever made....

elwyman

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Never fished the HLS. I know it had a really good reputation. I did have the Orvis Helios 10ft 7 weight. It was faster than Shergar being chased by a cheetah. I once picked up an Orvis Shooting Star Double hander that a feller brought along to a Prince Albert Open Day. Cheap as chips and a really really nice rod. The Sage XP range were very good rods. I did loads with my 9ft 5 weight. Very dated now though. I gave a lesson recently and my client had one. Crikey it was like going back a million years. In my own opinion though the XP was the best series that Sage ever did. Nothing they have done since has even raised a half smile from me ;)
I also had a Sage XP 9' 5 weight many moons ago, which I thought was brilliant. Interesting to hear your comments, I suppose rod performance improves in increments, so you only notice a big change when you go back a few stages in rod development.

I sold the XP and went through a stage of trying various Winston rods from Foxons, usually secondhand ones which were quite reasonable to px.

My current 5 weight is a Hardy Zenith Sintrix which I've had for quite a few years now, and it still amazes me as a great casting tool and fishing rod. I shall resist the temptation of trying newer 5 weights!
 

Teal Blue And Long John Silver

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I also had a Sage XP 9' 5 weight many moons ago, which I thought was brilliant. Interesting to hear your comments, I suppose rod performance improves in increments, so you only notice a big change when you go back a few stages in rod development.

I sold the XP and went through a stage of trying various Winston rods from Foxons, usually secondhand ones which were quite reasonable to px.

My current 5 weight is a Hardy Zenith Sintrix which I've had for quite a few years now, and it still amazes me as a great casting tool and fishing rod. I shall resist the temptation of trying newer 5 weights!

I do really like Winston rods. I have a friend from Bangor On Dee who has a couple of double handers. Very traditional actioned rods. Absolutely delightful to fish with. I don't think it will come as any great surprise to any of you know me to read that the Loomis NRX range of single handed rods are among the best that I have ever chucked. I have enough of them to.qualify me to make such.sweeping statements. Paired up with a matching fly line they puuuurrrr like a big old Cheshire cat. I must declare my commercial affiliation with Loomis but again any of you know me will appreciate that I was waxing lyrical about their rods long before I got into a metaphorical bed with them ;)
 

fishpond

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I think its really small incremental gains these days so for sea trout my favourites are a scierra hmsv2, sage xp, enigma mkiii, greys platinum xd and sparton HMG- all 10#8; three of them are three piece heaven forbid - i also use a carbotec elite 9'6" two piece i dont think adding joints makes rods necessarily better! For salmon the 15' loomis glx 10/11 and hardy elite 13'4" #9 are as good as anything newer ive tried. For trout i had two loop 9'#5 AEGs and rue the day that i sold them - still have an XP though that wont go anywhere! Just making up some bloke graphene blanks and will be interested to see what they are like

Tight lines

Richard



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