Re: Sage Announces New Fly Fishing Collection
“METHOD: Sage’s DNA is synonymous with fast-action rods, and through Konnetic technology, we’ve taken seriously smooth, ultra-fast action performance to a new place entirely,” Sage Chief Rod Designer, Jerry Siem.
As Siem says, Sage's DNA, going back to RPL(+), is seriously fast fly rods. Maximum sensitivity and responsiveness, critical in technical presentation, is achieved through low mass and extremely fast recovery so every subtle angler input to the rod's tip is transmitted to the movement of the fly line. As in an advanced sport car, low unsprung weight in a tuned, taught suspension yields precision road connection and feel. You may not wish to commute to work in such a car nor swing caddis pupa with such a rod. There are plenty of rods for shock absorption angling; Scott's "G", Orvis has many mid and full-flex models and all those Winstons, just as there are rides from Buicks to Benzes providing compliant comfort. For the compound presentation dry fly angler or flats fly fisher, a rod like this TCX replacing Method may be the best thing from Sage since the glorious ONE. I have yet to see one and I will await an in-person experience before forming an opinion about a radical red rod but this is exciting news to this quick recovery fly rod fan.
I am surprised that so few advocates of high performance rods have weighed in on this news release yet many who enjoy rods that flex into the cork have expressed their disappointment. As if Sage; Circa and LL anomalies aside, gained fame for producing such slower timing rods.
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And the new reels, at least in the images posted here, appear to feature spring steel protected rims as devised by the great Ari't Hart of Holland. With their stacked carbon disc drag system, dual rim palming surfaces and protective partial framing they may well represent notable improvement over Sages existing well respected models.