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Re: Graphite Rod differences

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Ironically, I bought a used Sage VPS about 5 years ago thinking that it was an older and therefore more durable rod. Wrong! I snapped the tip section for the third time last year. I haven't even sent it back yet for repairs. If anybody wants to buy a VPS490 with a broken tip, let me know.

Lesson learned: Older rods do not necessarily equate to more durable rods... no matter how end or low end the name.[/quote]

I don't think we're talking about the same thing with a Sage VPS rod as being "old". When were they manufactured?

Two of my favorite rods were made in the 80's. A Thomas & Thomas Supralite 7 1/2' 4 weight that weighs 2 oz. and a Sage 480 RP that weighs in at 2 1/2 oz. Extremely heavy rods (sigh) that battled quite a few branches.

Posted on: 2013/5/1 19:34


Re: Graphite Rod differences

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Sometimes I take a guy fishing who doesnt really fly fish. So I wind up on the same stream with two different 7' two weights, both mine. I'd never carry two rods to go fishing, but when I have wound up with two this way, I try them both. They really are different.

I have taken a lot of flies out of trees with a variety of recently made 1-3 wt fly rods and never broken a tip. You want the fly knot or leader to give first. Worst case, put the rod down and pull the line without it.

For brookie fishing, I like flies tied on hooks that will bend before something breaks. Can often pull em out, bend em back, keep fishing. Delta dog here has tied some great ones like that.

Posted on: 2013/5/1 20:33

Edited by k-bob on 2013/5/1 20:48:59
Edited by k-bob on 2013/5/1 20:53:54


Re: Graphite Rod differences

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outsider wrote:

I don't think we're talking about the same thing with a Sage VPS rod as being "old". When were they manufactured?

Two of my favorite rods were made in the 80's. A Thomas & Thomas Supralite 7 1/2' 4 weight that weighs 2 oz. and a Sage 480 RP that weighs in at 2 1/2 oz. Extremely heavy rods (sigh) that battled quite a few branches.


I believe VPS models first appeared in 1997 -- I'm pretty sure they were Graphite III blanks.

Posted on: 2013/5/2 9:36
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Re: Graphite Rod differences

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right, old rods aren't all bulletproof and most new rods dont just break themselves in the breeze.

imho, todays best bargains, such as $125 echo carbon closeouts, are much better casters than your garden variety older fly rod.

if you break one every four years and the repair costs $35, so be it.

Posted on: 2013/5/2 9:55



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