Re: Beginning Equipment
Hi;use in the salt
My opinion, either rod will be fine for schoolies to keeper size. I think the clearwater is a moderate fast. As you become addicted to Stripers, you may want to get a Fast action rod, more to fight the wind. I have a couple Salmon rods that work just fine in an 8wt aand 9wt.
I also have some Sage xi2s 6,7,8wt. I use the sage 7wt most of the time. I also have an Albright xx 7wt which I use for sinking line.
In general, Saltwater rods are a little heavier with a little stiffer butt.
If your rods feel a little slow for heavier flies and wind, try putting on 1 weight less on the rod. Put 8wt line on the 9wt, might help.
As for line, Use your Salmon line. As a rule, Saltwater line really isn't that much different except for the coating. I'm sure many will disagree.
The Sage 4200 series will work fine as long as you get enough backing on it. Be sure to rince it off after use in the salt.