Hello to all on this site, I have watched, listened and learned a great deal over the years from personal experience that comes from very respected members of the fly fishing community who frequently share not only their love for the sport but also their wisdom on this site. I requested registration some 4-5 years ago, I think, honestly I can't remember now. In any event, this is my first post believe it or not! I started my journey into the sport of fly fishing in Maine in the fall of 1986, some 34 years ago. My maiden voyage was a trip up to Kokadjo and a stay at camp with four friends who invited me on a trip to fish the Roach River. When I look back on those early days with a cheap Wright and Mcgill fiberglass rod replete with Pflueger medalist reel and boot foot cheap rubber chest waders I have to laugh at myself, but hey I caught my first Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout on a fly rod on that trip under the guidance of some very experienced and dedicated fly fishermen who took me under their wing and taught me things that have stuck with me for a lifetime ever since. While watching three other guys in my party play fish at various vantage points almost simultaneously in a certain un-named pool with a beautiful sunset serving as a backdrop going down over those pointed firs that line the river was a first time experience like no other, and then it was my turn and it was "fish on". I have never looked back since that day, I have the great priviledge of sharing in the cooperative use of a camp up in the Western Maine Mountains on Aziscohos Lake for many years so you can guess where my favorite rivers are to fish in that area. My fly fishing gear, flies, leaders, etc. has continually been upgraded to keep up with more and more technical fishing and my obsession with the sport over the years. Needless to say at some point one gives into the pricier gear which I have quite a long time ago. My first high quality Rod was a Sage XP 9' in 6 weight four piece that I purchased in 1999 and I splurged for an STH POP Reel with interchangeable cassettes which was my first disc drag reel, my back up Rod was an LL Bean 9' 8 weight guide rod (G-Loomis blank) of mid 1980's vintage with the trusty old Pflueger reel. These two rods have served me well over the years and have been bullet proof, I have multiple spare spools for both reels to include Hi D full sink lines for trolling tandem streamers in Lakes in the springtime, to sink tip lines and floating lines to fish big rivers and streams while throwing nymphs, streamers, wet flies and dry flies and I have to say as long as I use top quality fly lines these rods perform well, especially the Sage XP! So about a year ago I decided to upgrade and modernize a couple of reels and replace lines along with spare spools, I started with an simple but very reliable Orvis clearwater with spare spool in line weight 4-6, then I decided to pull the trigger on an Orvis Hydros reel in line weight 5-7, these are reels that I have wanted for a very long time. So the last thing I thought I needed was a new upgraded fly rod but did not want to spend the mid range to high range price of $600.00 to $900.00 so I started shopping for used equipment on E-Bay. Today I found a slightly used (states used 1 time) Sage Sonic 9' 4 piece 6 weight with original sock and tube that was available to bid on with about 2 hours left to place your bid. The current high bid was $370.00, knowing that the shipping cost would be $15.00 I decided to pull the trigger with a bid of 400.00 with about 30 seconds of time remaining in the auction and bingo (winner) I now own this rod. Before I did that I thoroughly researched the cost of this rod which is $575.00 retail. So given the fact that free shipping is probably thrown in with a new one and not getting around the tax issue either way I figure a saved $160.00 over the cost of a new Sage Sonic flyrod. I know what you are probably thinking and that is I will not get the original owner warranty and although I did send an e-mail to the seller requesting the original warranty card I do not expect that to happen. Also it remains to be seen if the rod is in as pristine condition as advertised on E-bay, if not I have recourse through Ebay. Given the bullet proof performance of my Sage XP over 21 years I decided to take the risk. Would appreciate your thoughts on this.