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AJ Morris

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How many of you differentiate between your favorite rod, and your best performing rod? For some fortunate few, it is one and the same, but I know there are many like me where your favorite rod remains a constant, and the "best" is in a constant state of flux depending on what's in the closet at the moment [smile].

Hands down, the best rod I've ever owned is my BII-X 14' 8/9. I bought it used from a fellow forum member who was apparently suffering a mild psychotic episode... Fortunately for me, we were able to close the deal before the lithium wore off [thumb]. Matched with a vector 8/9, it really is so dang good that I've had to quit casting new rods in that size range entirely for fear I'll find something else I like better!

My favorite rod continues to be my battered old Echo "classic" 8136, with it's crappy cork and cheesy hardware. I hesitate to guess how many steelhead have fallen to that faithful old companion in the seven years since I traded a practically new Sage III-e to Poppy for it. But there have been a lot.  I don't know what it is about this rod, but it just fits, like a comfy old pair of boots. I like the vector 8/9 on this rod too, though these last couple weeks I've been fishing an express scandi 8/9. I'm sure it's pure serendipity, but you'd think Lee had this rod specifically in mind when he designed that particular head... John Geirach once wrote that when he casts a good rod, he's always thinking "wow! this thing is really nice." But when he casts a truly great rod, he stops thinking entirely and just fishes brilliantly...

I'd be curious to hear from other folks as to sentimental favorites vs. their "hot-rod" guns.


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rods are so different - from really long rods in heavy grain weight to really light shorter rods it would be hard to say which rod is best.

I know if I could only own one rod (god forbid) it would be the SCOTT ARC 1287 that used to love the original XLT designed around that rod when I still used long lines and now Skagit lines from 525 to 575.

This rod is hands down my go to winter rod that will throw any fly/tip combo I am interested in trying though I rarely use it now for summer/fall fishing. For this I have a number of favorites that are generally all really awesome casters when teamed with a correct line system.

Perhaps one of my all time favorites is an old Fisher 10' 7 wt single hander that I converted to a switch. This is so much fun casting as well as fighting fish!!!
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I've had a lot of favorite two handers over the years, but at the top of the list was my blue T&T 1409-5. It broke my heart when T&T redesigned their rods doing away with the blue sticks and that great handle with an honest to God all metal reel seat that would hold almost all classic reels.

The latest and greatest handle/reel seat from T&T looks like they copied the Sage One and used a reel seat more suited to a trout rod. It wasn't broken so it's to bad they fixed it.

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Poppy's right on the money. I still love and use my Blue T&T 1409-3 that i bought used several years ago. I fish it with a SGS modified vector line. Wouldn't get rid of it for the world.
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Right now I'm fortunate that my "best" and "favorite" happen to be the same stick.  It's a T&T 1307-3.  I'm not all that handy as a caster but it seems that no matter what I want to do (skagit, mid-belly, scandi, changing tires) this stick is somewhere between really good and sensational.  Other sticks may do one trick better than the 1307 but, thus far, none are better for me at the whole package required for a true fishing stick.

Right now I'm most overly aroused for an SPG custom line that Steve made me for another rod.  Had a Beulah 7132 and Steve made a Vector Compact (at least that's what I call it) of 45' and 506 gr. to match it.  Truth be told I didn't like it much and that rod and ended up selling the Beulah.  This winter I got sick of skagit heads and sink tips so, on a whim, I put the VC on the 1307 and HOLY MERDE!  Lasers with just a little flick.  One of these days when my scrotal circumference reaches critical mass I'm going to cut it to see how it does with tips.  (Steve already told me where to make the cut)  If it works like it does as a floater I will have one line to rule them all........plus a skagit head and possibly a delta long thrown in for good measure.

Now......If I could just find it's big brother in the form of a 14' or 15' 8/9.

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I had a sort of mid life crisis & after twenty-odd years of throwing full lines (mid & long heads) I made the swap over to Scandi shooting heads; well - it's nice to try something new.

So at the moment I'm largely using Loomis rods, I should probably say that my "best" rod is my 14 ft #9/10 NRX, except I think my pair of 15 ft GLX Classics are probably better ( mind you the NRX is pretty good! ). I rate the feel & action together with the rod's capabilities as much more important than it being 3/8ths of an ounce lighter than the nearest competitor - in these days there is no longer such thing as a "heavy" carbon fibre rod in the mid or upper price bracket, just light ones & even lighter ones!

But favourite rod? For more than 12 years I used a Hardy Sovereign 15'6" #10 wt which threw the old Rio accelerator #10/11 really well ( I had the floater, the multi tip & fast intermediate version - this one was later rechristened a sink 2; actually I still have all those lines ) so much so that I was scared I'd snap the rod on a tree or something so I looked out for second hand ones as a spare & now have 3 of them sitting in semi retirement in my tackle room. So I'd probably pick the old Sovereign as my favourite, but my Bruce & Walker Norway speycasters, both the 16 ft & 13 foot versions are also high on my list.

Can't see me ever letting the Sovereigns go though; & those 15 ft GLX Classics are reaching a similar status now - they just do the job well & feel comfortable doing it, that's all I require ( along with a nice matt finish, an absence of "bling" & a decent reel seat that accommodates various size reel feet, holds them solidly & ideally doesn't jam on cold days - which the Sovereign was good at as the screw threads are nickel silver not aluminium & don't bind like aluminium).

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Got a T&T 1307-3 and the 1206-3. I haven't seen the newer T&T's but they would have to be pretty awesome for me to trade the older ones in. Rob
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Rob,

What do you think of the 1206?  That one is on my really short list of want to try sticks.  Generally, does it have a feel similar to a 1307?

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GF & I attended a fly fishing show in Portland I think, in 2006. Among the other vendors there was Fetha Styx & they had a beautiful custom build on a CND Black Spey 13ft 7wt. Problem was, there was no way to put it through its paces at that show. As luck would have it, that same rod showed up at Poppy's Spey Clave the following year. It went home with me. At the time I was transitioning between long lines & head systems and still rather low on the learning curve when it came to lines & tips. I struggled with that rod for a long time. Finally I decided, having paid what I did for that rod, to fish nothing else until I figured it out! It took over a year, chopping & splicing, learning about lines, replacing the single foot guides with snakes. I finally discovered I could go from a full floating Scandi head of 400 grains to a Skagit head of 540 grains coupled to heavy MOW type tips, with an in between custom chopped head capable of throwing conventional 15 ft sink tips. When Lee Davidson dropped CND, I purchased a blank and had Steve Godshall build an exact duplicate, just in case something ever happened to the original. Steve's build is a beauty.
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Have a lot of high end rods, but keep picking up my Ross Reach 13 foot for a 7 weight that I bought used for almost nothing, and just purchased a second one new so if anything happens to the first I am covered.
The cork is cheap, and the finish is ok, but man no other rod comes even close to ease of casting, it throws lazers, Skagit or Scandi!!
Love it!!
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The rod that i've had the longest and will never get rid of is a burkie 7133-3, I have landed quite a few large wild steelhead on it and it has serious mojo.
I don't fish it as often as i used to as there are rods that cast further and rods that are the new shinny thing!! I recently took out some more modern lines, 
like the zone and found it is so good on the old 7133 that is has a bright new future...
I have gone the whole gambit on rods...I love my little B&W and my regular walker....I LOVE my 8139-3 burkie as it's about as fun a rod for fishing and casting as you 
can find....The new CND's are pretty freaking amazing..

I guess what i am saying is i'm a gear whore and will convince myself that i need such and such rod for said application...My line up now is..

Small water/summer runs- Burkie 7125-3,the do all B&W 11'3
Medium to large water and lines- Burkie 7133-3, CND 13'7 (great stick)
Large water/winter fishing- Burkie 8139-3, B&W 14'6 walker

Whenever I fish i take two rods and these all match up well together!!!

Favorite is whichever one i am fishing at the time..
Best? all of them
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I have a T&T 1308-4 that I use sparring so it will last forever. I use a 7 weight from another manufacture most of the time. The T&T is like a good bottle of scotch, sip it real slow.
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I have several Scotts, Sage's and more custom 2 handers. As much as I like them all I go to My Echo's, (have several) more than any other.
Dollar for dollar the Echo can't be beat. Cast more like a Sage than others. I find it the right tool for most all fishing SH.
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I have two Sage 8150 Brown Rods. I know they cast like a Sage. Kind of like my Sage 5120, it casts like Sage as well. LOL
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A pr of MKS, both best and favs ta boot.
13ft 7/8 and a 15ft 8/9.

will never forget the cast that that buck nailed the fly on, nor forget the tailwalking tarpon like antics of him.

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