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9wt Fly Fishing Rods

Photo: Carribean Bonefish

Looking for a rod that is a good compromise between a steelhead and a salmon rod, or a bonefish and permit rod, or all of the above? The 9wt rod is a good choice for all of these, as well as anything from 10-40 lbs. This is an all around freshwater big fish rod size, as well as an all around medium saltwater fish rod. Below are good makes and models for different price ranges for 9wt fly rods.

Perferred 9wt Fly Rods

The Sage Vantage 9wt (the largest of the series) is a great rod for someone who wants to experience what all big fish fly fisherman are addicted to, but who need to do it on a budget. A word of the wise, don't ever put your hands on a high end rod and you will never know the difference. Ecspecially when it comes to the Sage Vantage. This rod will do all you need it to: Cast far, perform well in wind, and drag in them big fish. 

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Sage Flight Series: A great price comes with a great rod. Who new technology would ever play such a big role in fly fishing? The flight rods are built to be light, smooth and load up efficiently, a perfect combination for any fly rod at any price. The 8wt is pretty standard so you will know what you are getting before you get it: an exceptional rod and a value. 

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Although the G. Loomis Cross Current is a lower priced rod than what would be considered the middle of the road for most fly rods, what it doesn't lack is the quality and feel of the high end rods. It does come in two price ranges with he GLX models, definitely in the high end price range, the standard are a little less schnazy, but get the job done no problem. The Cross Current was originally Steelhead on a 9wtdesigned with saltwater situations in mind, but it has excelled at all other conditions. The added length at 9' 9" helps to move a lot of line as well as performing well in the wind. These are good attributes no matter where you are fishing. I bought this rod right before a steelhead trip. When I got back I bought a G. Loomis Cross Current 10wt for a trip to Baja. This rod takes the same place for the 8wt and 10wt page as well. For the price, you won’t find a better mid-priced rod.

Steelhead Caught with a 9wt.

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The R.L. Winston Boron II MX is a great all purpose fly rod be it a salt or fresh water situation and medium size fish. MX stands for maximum in the fact that you get maximum distance, power and fish fighting ability in an 8wt rod. All of R.L. Winston's rods are extremely well made, but according to my neighbor and fly fishing guide, this is one of the best. I would have to agree. If you are willing to spend the money to buy a state of the art rod, here you go.

To Check out this rod, follow this link: R.L. Winston Boron II MX

*** There is an updated series that appears to be very similar to this one that must have a few upgrades, as Winston is praising it to possibly be the best rod they have made. There is a catch though, it starts at another $55.00 more than the Boron II MX. The thing is though, you will already be spending $700.00 on the original, so what's another $55.00. Either way, I am sure you will be pleased with either, so you can make that call.

Click this link to chech out the New R.L. Winston Boron IIIX

 

Although the price is justified, one rod that is well beyond most budgets is the R.L. Winston Bamboo Steelhead Rod. Bamboo gives an angler the ulimate feel and sensitivity while offereing great line control. With the price tag this rod comes with, only fly fishermen and women with a large budget will be able to drop this kind of cash on a rod. One cast with a rod like this will show you why they carry the price tag they do. If you decide to buy one then you might want to buy one from a company that has been building bamboo rods for over 75 years.

To Check out this rod, follow this link: R.L. Winston Steelhead Bamboo Rod