Sage RPLXI Review
I just got a 9wt Rplxi and I thought i'd give my impression of it.
I normally fish XI2s in 6,7 and 8wt. My goto is the 7wt.
My 9wt is a Colton, which has served me well for the last 3 years with a
couple Bass at about 20 lbs.
Unfortunately, I have gotten older (almost 70...yuk) and the Colton is
getting heavier. I tried a heavier reel and a lighter reel but the rod requires
just that much more umph ( is that a word ?) than my arthritis will tolerate.
The 8wt XI2 doesn't aggrevate my hand or shoulder.
So, I decided to find a lighter 9wt Rod. Maybe a Sage.
After casting a bunch of 9wt s, I didn't find a rod that I would give up the
Colton for. On one of my casting ventures, I met a guy who had a 9wt Rplxi.
After casting it, we worked out a great price. This rod was only fished
a handfull of times. No scratches or blemishes and it had a warrenty card. SOLD
I fished it last night and my first fish was a nice 24" bass. Not much of a challenge on a 9wt, but it let me know how the Rod will perform.
The tip is a little softer than the XI2 but the rod bends further toward the middle with less effort. I would not say it is a moderate/fast rod, but I
would say it is a softer/fast rod if that makes sense.
The softer tip let me slow my casting a little and after almost 2 hrs of fishing,
my hand did not hurt (yippee).
The rod weighs 4 3/16 oz (4 1/8 + 1/16 0z) vs 4 1/4 for a 9wt xi2.
It feels light in hand with a 7.6 oz reel.
Will throw 10wt line with ease. The 9wt intermediate felt great.
It has plenty of power in the butt.
I was using a 1/0 deceiver and wanted to see how it would do with a bigger fly
I put on a 5 1/2" 3/0 deceiver and this rod punched it right out there.
I'm very pleased.
Sometimes going back a generation in rods is a good thing.