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Old 05-11-2013, 09:06 AM
surfrod surfrod is offline
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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.

Tight lines
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:23 AM
Tin Boat Tin Boat is offline
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That's a great report. Thank you.

What brand is your 7.6 oz. reel? I'm always looking for light ones.

My favorite 9 weight is at least two generations old: a Sage Graphite III 990 RPL. Weighs only 3 5/8 oz. I guess it is a mid-flex. Casts all day without wrecking my 80 year-old-shoulder. Lovely rod.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:16 AM
surfrod surfrod is offline
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Tin Boat

The reel is an LL Bean Streamlight 2. This one is 2 generations old.
Its the Cast Aluminum reel.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:07 PM
ifish ifish is offline
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I have the 10wt. Awesome rod. It's helped with a lot of different species, bass, blues, sharks, Spanish Mack's, jacks, baby tarpon. It's a smooth casting cannon, that can punch into a good wind. I'll be sad if I ever break it, not sure what Sage will replace it with.
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