BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (June 15, 2016)–Renowned fly rod manufacturer Sage presents its newest pinnacle fly rod series – The X Rod. Using KonnecticHD Technology®, these fast-action fly rods create tighter loops to ensure better accuracy, efficiency, and line control with every cast.
“By optimizing our graphite-to-resin ratio, we’ve created a higher density (HD) fiber composite resulting in lighter, stronger blanks to deliver unmatched recovery, energy transfer, and line/loop control,” said Sage chief rod designer Jerry Siem.
The new taper delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip-top, allowing anglers to dig deeper into the rod and access more of the lower sections of the blank, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank also result in more accurate and efficient presentations refining the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.
The X Rod family, handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, includes freshwater models in three through six weights and saltwater models in five through 10 weights. There are also switch models from 6-8 weights at 11 feet in length and Spey models from 6 to 10 weights in a variety of lengths. Freshwater models have a vera wood insert with a stealth black, anodized aluminum, up-locking reel seat. The Flor grade cork handle is snub-nosed, half-wells shaped. Saltwater and two-handed models use a stealth black, anodized aluminum, up-locking reel seat on saltwater and switch models with an integrated hidden hook keeper and down-locking on Spey models. The two-handed models have a super plus fore grip and rear grip for comfort in hand. The Flor quality full-wells cork handle in the saltwater models offers comfort while the EVA fighting butt offers support for fighting large fish. The black spruce blank color pairs with dark green thread wraps and metallic grey trim wraps.
The rods have Fuji ceramic stripper guides and a hard chromed snake guide and tip-top. Each rod has a laser etched line weight on the slide band and comes in a black rod bag inside an evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube. Single hand rods retail for $895, switch rods are $995 and Spey models are $1050. Available August 2016.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (June 15, 2016)– Sage, the performance fly fishing products manufacturer, introduces the new 6200 reel family.
“This is our pinnacle big game and saltwater reel,” says Kurt VanWyck, vice president of product development. “We spent time in the lab and out in the field testing this reel in grueling conditions to ensure anglers who chase big fish all over the world have the toughest reel with the best drag package available.”
The 6200 series of reels are fully machined with cold-forged, tempered 6061-T6 aluminum. The rigid frame-to-spool connection offers great strength and the large, concave arbor creates high retrieve rates and larger line capacities. Each model features Sage’s sealed carbon system drag, with a one-revolution drag knob that has 40 detented drag settings for adjustable and repeatable drag resolution.
The series includes five models from 5/6 up to 11/12 in silver, stealth and cobalt finishes, hard anodized for surface protection and corrosion resistance. The unique porting pattern and spoke aesthetic combine for a highly ergonomic reel that will standup to even the strongest fish runs. Available August 2016, the 6200 reel family starts at $439 and tops out at $499.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (June 15, 2016)–Legendary fly rod manufacturer Sage is pleased to introduce the new ESN, an all-around European-Style Nymphing rod ideal for small creeks to big rivers.
“Built with a KonneticHD backbone, the ESN allows anglers to experience unmatched blank recovery, increased sensitivity, reduced weigh-in-hand, and superior shock absorption,” says Peter Knox, R&D design engineer. “Designed with a variety of long and short line techniques and situations in mind, this refined European-Style Nymphing rod allows anglers to confidently work any stretch of river the world over.”
The black ice blank has garnet thread wraps with metallic charcoal trim wraps. Hard chrome single-foot snake guides and tip top decrease weight. The super plus snub nosed, half-wells cork handle is comfortable in hand, and the stealth black anodized aluminum reel seat is down-locking for perfect balance. Laser etched line weights are easy to read on the slide ban. All models come in a black rod bag and black powder-coated aluminum rod tube for a price of $895. Available August 2016.