Re: Sage DS II 890 opinions?
The DS II was the sequel to their Discovery series. It was marketed as their beginner rod and was indeed well suited to folks learning how to cast. I think it was made from what Sage called Graphite II, but that wasn't the model name. They were also making rods from Graphite III (RPLXi and others) when the DS II was out, and I think even some from Graphite IV (SP or SLT?).
If they made a rod under the model name "Graphite II", it was likely the same time or even earlier than the Discovery series, not the DS II.