Published May 4. 2006 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

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I am from Sweden and wright english as i speak it ,sorry.
I am going to build 2 or 3 new rods for flyfishing in tropical water .Planing a trip to
Los Roques and need new rods.Visit Tobago 3 weeks febr-march 2006 and it was difficult to fish in the strong wind who always is there, hade to "press and pump" the line out in the wind.The rods i hade was DC FT wf 7 and 8 and SA Mastery Saltwater-Saltwater.Need rods who loads with shorter line,you cant have to mush line outside .Did oversize the rod with 1 size of the line. The leader i use was 8-10f , tied with Lefty Kreh formula .Allso need a new line , was thinking of SA Mastery Salwater
Redfish. My casting skills is a 6+
The blanks i am looking on now is Sage Xi2 , CTS Affinity S and S XF, TFO TiCrX . Size wf8 , wf10 , wf12 .
Nedd some input of ideas and tought.
Thanks in advance . kentP

Salwater rod...

Hi, one friend of mine is excellent rod builder and in his hands my favourite fly rod Sage Xi2 was built. It is four piece rod for line #8 in 9 feets and I am very satisfied with this rod. I have used it for pike saltwater fishing, for sea trout fishing in Sweden and Denmark with different flies and no problems have occured so far.
It is very fat rod with tip action so a lot of flyfishermen like it and a lot of flyfishermen hate it. So If I were you I would try this rod wtih line and fly.
According to Sage company and experienced flyfsihermen this rod has been made especially for saltwater fishing and especially in tropic waters such as Belize, Cuba, Florida etc.
Last thing I would like to mentioned - there are a lot of perfect rods on the planet. It depends only on you. Just choose your rod according to your preferences, wallet or feelings. Your hands are different from mine, your attitude to fishing can be different. So it depends on taste of each comrade:-)

KentP...

KentP
Here on the East Coast (South Jersey)USA, the TFO is a very popular fly rod. I really haven't hard anything bad about them. I have to assume the blanks are just as good as the finished rod. I use an 8 wgt rod for salt water, and I have fished it out in the Western Pacific during a couple of visits to Guam. The wind was a pain in the butt. I would think the 10 wgt would be a good choice fished with an intermediate sinking line. Unless you're going for really large fish the 12 wgt would be overkill. If I were building two rods, I'd go with the 8 wgt and 10 wgt.

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