|First Pike Saber Pike back in September|
|Limb earning the nickname with the Saber|
|Pike Saber Pike|
I first got to try out the Saber last fall on a trip to one my favorite haunts with Mr. Capsey. Ken earned himself the nickname “Limb” during that trip for his uncanny ability to hook and land overhanging tree branches, but that is a story for another time. I really put the Saber to the test that day fishing with heavy flies and a sinking leader and also rigged up with a full sink line and one of Ken’s big Money in the Bank flies (pretty awesome fly by the way). The rod performed beautifully in both situations. Big Clouser Half and Half’s and tungsten cone heads were no match for the power of the rod. I could not wait to get a Pike Saber of my own after that!
The Pike Saber is a very fast action 10 weight rod. It loads very well and it is very accurate. Many other fast action rods are more like casting with a broom stick- if you don’t have a weighted fly it is a pretty unpleasant situation. This is not the case with the Saber. I have done a lot of casting out in the driveway with it because of the bloody snow and ice in this overly long winter we have had in Vermont. The Saber loads well with just the line. Uncle Greg Strelley of PikeTrek has recommended that you give the Saber a go with an 11 wt line to see it really flex it’s muscles- I intend on doing just that soon.
|Landlocked salmon on the Saber|
I didn’t really get to test out the fish fighting abilities of the Saber with that landlock, but I did on some pike last fall and it worked well. I can’t wait to get some even bigger fish on it in April. Marty, Tim and I are heading down to Biscayne Bay for some on the water action with the Bonefish Whisperer. The saber is going after some sharks, barracuda, tarpon and jacks folks. I think those should be appropriate to put the Saber through some testing!
|Welcome to the Dark Side....|
On to the most controversial thing about this rod- the fighting butt. I have read things from people on some blogs and forums that say they won’t fish the rod because of the metal “Death Star” fighting butt. I say- get over yourself and think outside the box! It is not your typical terminal end to a fly rod but so what? It works great and allows you to add weight to the rod to balance it out better. I think it is a great idea myself. Pike Trek has made accommodations for those of you who want a more traditional rod too- the Saber is now offered with a cork butt. Personally I don’t want to hold to tradition- I have gone fully to the dark side! My black Saber has been matched up with a black Mirage V reel. I have felt a disturbance in the force and it is me!
To sum the Pike Saber up best is to tell you about Marty stopping by one afternoon and giving the rod a test cast. After the line flew through the guides the first time, he turned to me and simply said definitively “I want one”.