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My fly club had a beginners clinic last sunday and one of the local fly shops brought over a couple of rods for the casting instructors to try out. Let me first say that I have never been a fan of Sage fly rods, but the TCR is different. I thought I owned fast rods, but this thing is in a class by itself.

 

Me and a couple of other instructors started expermenting to see what it had.

It is an amazing fly rod. 3" wide loops? No problem. 100 foot casts? Effortless. This rod can do it all with ease. It is also not for everybody. It retails for $725 a little more than even I would pay. It won't improve bad casting, only good instruction and practice can do that. But if you are a very good caster and want to get the most from a rod, this one is for you.

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Like I said in my report, it is not for everyone. A marginal or poor caster wouldn't benefit from this rod or any fast action rod for that matter. If you don't double haul and you don't need to cast past 50 feet, you don't need this rod. I can't see where a small stream trout fisherman would benefit at all.

 

In my opinion, it is perfect for sight fishing on the saltwater flats where you have to be able to take one backcast and let it rip with a minimal amount of line out past the tip. That is the type of fishing I do most of the time, but still I wouldn't spend $725 on a fly rod.

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I was able to test the 5 weight TCR against the 5 weight Loomis High Line Speed for a couple hours. Both wailed the line out there but the Loomis was more forgiving to slight blunders and seemed more usefull in normal fishing situations that encompassed more than just throwing long casts. It was still way too much money though!

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