“To him, all good things, trout as well as eternal salvation, come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.” ~~A River Runs Through It
Preparing for this weeks post we found this photo on Flickr. The quote (above) the photographer had paired with the photo. We thought we would share.
Have you ever had that one rod that not only feels right, but performs like no other. That rod that feels as though you could cast a fly anywhere (within reason) and parachute that imitation lure to the top of the water in perfection… Your not afraid of the challenging cast, in fact you invite them with this tool. This time of year we begin to take inventory of our gear. Thinking back to how your Favorite Rod preformed to perfection, yet some how the big one still got away!
For years we had recommended the Sage SLT, 9 – 9 1/2 ft 4 or 5 wt. for dry flies on the Deschutes, what a great rod. It was first introduced to the market in 2001, but now has been retired. The newer series to replace the SLT is the ZXL, and although the ZXL is not new to Sage (came out in 2009) for us it is the one at the top of the list to try. Available in 3 through 6 weight, and 4 piece only. On the Sage website they write,
Through the miracle of our G5 process, we were able to remove every gram of unnecessary material from each blank and replace traditional glass hoop fibers with lighter, more responsive graphite.
Although I have not had the opportunity to try the ZXL (and plan on holding on to my legendary SLT) I look forward to giving the ZXL a throw. Knowing sage, I’ll be in the market soon. 🙂
On the Deschutes River you had better bring your best equipment and your “A” game, because the Deschutes Redside will show you no mercy. We are about to pack up and head east to the Deschutes. If your ready for a trip of a lifetime, give us call just 3 days and a couple of seats left.