Thanks DaveThe Sage One is a very powerful rod. It will cast a mile but it's not forgiving and I wouldn't use it on UK rivers. I did have the 3# and it was a beautiful rod, best used with a 4# line. The Mod doesn't get complimentary reviews, it doesn't mean it's a bad rod however I'd suggest doing some thorough research.
For your budget I'd look at the Hardy Zephrus 9ft 5# FWS possibly the best 5# I've used. Enough finesse for small flies on a river but also the power to cast a full line. If you want a more moderate action you can pick up the Hardy Ultralite which is easier casting, stiffer tipped but mellower through the middle making it a little more forgiving, while still being a fast recovering rod.
if you overline at short distances would you also underline when you have 45’ and upwards out?Thanks Dave
I already have the Zephrus FWS 9'#5 and really like it so it's really helpful that you offer that comparison. The reviews I have seen on the One are in line with your comments, best overlined at short distances and I can't really find user feedback on the Mod.
....worked better for you Dave... which is why I said ’whichever line you prefer’..Matt for me the 9ft 3# One worked better with a 4# line at all distances and was lazer accurate at 45ft with a 4# line and not over loaded in the slightest. In short it was a 4# in disguise, however Sage got around that by having their standard Gold line 0.5wt over aftm and the Grand a whole line weight over aftm.
I recently bought a Loop Cross S1 9ft 5#, put an Orvis Hydros 5# or a Snowbee XS 5# on it and it lacks authority due to not being loaded efficiently, however put a Maxcatch Gold on it or a Bario SLX and the rod becomes a totally different making casting a breeze and it's reasonably easy to put a full line out. Both of these lines have a 185 grain head weight which technically would make the lines over weight however I've given up on the AFTM system and simply find a line that works regardless of the AFTM rating
i aint going there Dave... sexyloops site haven‘t got 100% consensus on loading and there are some seriously knowledgeable people who have discussed itMatt give it two weeks and you can put a post up on loading rods You could even put up one explaining why expensive rods are more efficient in transferring energy than cheaper ones. Should be good for at least 20 pages by then
Stay safe hope to see you on the rivers some time this year.