Z-Axis 7136 thoughts?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by trout bum, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. trout bum Member

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    I'm eyeing one in a trade and would like thoughts/opinions for those that have owned and owned one. What lines have you found best, castability, etc.
  2. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Very nice rod.
  3. Bluemoon New Member

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    For scandi I like a Rio AFS 7/8 with 15' Versi-leaders. For skagit I like the Rio Skagit Flight 525 with 15' 8wt Rio tips.
  4. fredaevans Active Member

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    Bluemoons right on, the only other I'd add with be the 7/8 Delta if you want a longer floating head.
  5. trout bum Member

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    Fred, would that be a good rod for the Rogue or would a spey be better, say an 8 wt.? Winters and summers?
  6. PT Physhicist

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    7136 is a spey rod.
  7. JS Active Member

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    He's correct.

    Also, I have been fishing this stick almost exclusively for the last 6 steelhead seasons. I like Rio's AFS 7/8, Skagit Flight 550gr, and most of all Nextcast's Fall Favorite 7/8 (570 ish gr.). The FF is a bomber line for the 7136; I really want to throw the FF 75 with it.

    *I have also thrown Airflow's Compact Scandi, Rio's Powerspey, Rio's Compact Skagit 525gr. All of these lines were less fun to me than the above mentioned lines.
  8. Steffan Brown ...

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    Troutbum, what these gentleman are trying to say is that rod would be a great rod on the Rogue for winter/summer steelhead. It's versatile enough to throw many kinds of line well and is considered as much of a spey rod as any other two handed rod on the market. I haven't cast one myself, but understand it to be the cats meow of the Z-axis line of rods; which are sweet all around to begin with.
  9. trout bum Member

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    What was I thinking? I knew it was a spey, geesh. I appreciate all the advice and words of wisdom. Now I wait for the gentleman to contact me back.
  10. James Waggoner Active Member

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    Personally I prefer the 420 compact Scandi, 480 compact Skagit and the 6/7 delta. The 480 compact Skagit is a workhorse on this rod I'm almost embarrassed to say how much t whatever this line will turn over...but 16' of t-14 is not out of the question. I absolutely love this rod; it will go down as a classic/legendary status type rod. Sage should consider doing a limited release on this rod in this weight at least every few years....that and the 7110.

    James
  11. IHV2FSH Member

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    My experience is Similar to J Waggoner and I agree this rod will be fished and talked about for years. One of the widest grain window rods I have cast, which makes it extremely versitile. I use everything from a WindCutter 6/7/8 (500 grain head) to a 600 Compact Skagit and 15ft of T14 with a mop of a fly. It handles it all. One of the few rods (that I have owned and cast) that you can really accelerate and not have it collapse on you. Very smooth, effortless casting!
  12. Wadecalvin Member

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    I thought the 7136 was sweet with dry lines and very light in hand. But I much prefer the action and power of the 8129
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