Vega's are expensive, probably a great rod. I've never used one. Better bang for your buck are the CPS Rods. Tommy Farmer sells them right here. I'm sure Tommy has done a comparitive study on his CPS vs Vega. If your in the area you can drop off at Joe Moore's in Avon he has all of Tom's rods for sale.
You've obviously never priced a Vega to have built either. The blanks for the intimidator are $200 bucks from Luis at cape Henry compared to $310 to $320 for one of Tommy's blanks. Depending on components you can get a vega for around $400 built.
Tommy's rods are great, I own half a dozen, from the smallest to the biggest. But I find I prefer a 70/30 split for a heaver. I like the feel fighting a fish better. Either 1305 cts or the Vega L over my 8 to 12 ccp gen 1 for the beach. I like the ccp gen 1 for pier. I believe Nick builds all 3.
There are a bunch of quality options on heavers. I'd say it is a GREAT time to be in the market. Back in the winter, we had a couple of casting demo days in eastern NC. I took the new CPS GEN 2 heavers out to play against the best heavers on the market. At the end of the day I was very happy with the results...
The best advice I can offer is to try as many as you can, and make your decision based on what feels and performs best in YOUR hands, not what a buddy likes or thinks is the best out there. Never has there been a better selection of top quality rods available.
I believe Nick does build on all of the blanks mentioned.
The CPS GEN 2 rods and blanks are 10-12 % lighter in weight (compared to G1) with faster recovery on the cast and exceptional bite detection.
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