Shortly after this, in a discussion with Lasse Karlsson, he said that he had measured a Sage rod using the CCS system over time and had measured it softening.
Mind you, as competition casters we do tend to beat the crap out of them...
I have a long history with TCRs and then TCXs - they would last me 1 yr of competition use, would feel noticeably softer by the end of this year and finally crack at the first female ferrule.
Before Sage I was fishing and casting with Scott Rods for about a year when I worked for Guide Fly Fishing. My favourite stick was a 5WT STS. I used this rod for demos and all my fishing. When I left that company my STS905 ended up in another instructor’s hands . A few years later he said to me “I don’t know what you did to it, but it wasn’t a STS any more! It was soft!”
The reason I’ve been thinking about this is because last weekend I was in Cumbria and James was casting my HT10 “competiton” which was the final HT10 prototype and the one that went into production. It’s two and a half years old now. It’s my go-to 10WT Snakehead Rod, and my Comp 5WT and has been at two world championships. The blank is all original sections - not one has broken in this time. James said “It’s softer that Zhongxiang’s!”
I’m in Sardinia for a few days with Ashly. My mum has a flat out here and there is a car we are driving back to the UK. Next Saturday we will be in KL for a casting competition (with soft rods). And then it’s back to Jungle Fly Fishing full time!! Lots and lots happening - watch this space!
ps Aitor has a Spey course in Sydney next weekend.
So if you are down that way you might want hot pop over!