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Old 03-01-2012, 07:32 PM
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over priced?
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:49 PM
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I don't think they are, considering they are among the best fly rods in the industry and an average joe, by saving up, can purchase their top of the line rod for under $800.00

Edit; Sorry, just realized you were asking about REELS not RODS
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I think that Sage's reels are fairly priced with its competition. In some cases, the prices can be better.

Its stacked washer drag system in the 6000 series is a reliable system from its previous generations. They drag system was designed by Jack Charlton. Considering that a Mako (Charlton) reel can cost well over $1000, a Sage 6000 series reel is a great value.

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I think that Sage's reels are fairly priced with its competition. In some cases, the prices can be better.

It's stacked washer drag system in the 6000 series is a reliable system from its previous generations. They drag system was designed by Jack Charlton. Considering that a Mako (Charlton) reel can cost well over $1000, a Sage 6000 series reel is a great value.

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Default Re: Sage reels

although i've never owned one i've heard that the 4200 series had some drag issues. sticky and not very responsive in the lower settings.
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Default Re: Sage reels

My only experience with a Sage reel was a 4540. The drag knob has 10 detents, and the settings jump WAY too much from one click to the next. The little drag knob becomes much more difficult to turn as you tighten it, and that's with dry fingers (big manly fingers ). The spool is very wide, and also very shallow. I spooled about 20 feet of backing on one, and then a 4wt (WF) line. It just fit, so I removed the line and returned the reel.

For freshwater trout and bass fishing, the Ross Evolution LT is a great value. Not only is it less expensive than the Korean made Sage reels, it has a wider drag range, and a better spool width/drag ratio. It's made in the USA, and Ross is famous for their service.
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I did not know that Sage's stacked drag was designed by Jack Charlton. Thanks for that info. I don't own a Sage reel but have used them on some notable occasions and found them to work as advertized. Strong smooth drag and very large diameter. They are well built and a reasonable value if they are your prefered design. In this reel class I lean toward Hatch and Nautilus NV.
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I have an older Click 3200 for a 3WT. It is ok but then again there is no drag on this model so not a lot can go wrong. For the most part it is an expensive line holder.

I know in the ultralight range of 0-3wt you really dont need a drag system. I just have a fundamental problem of paying $300 for a Sage reel with no drag when I can pay the same for a Ross Evolution with a drag. I know doesnt make sense of wanting one when you dont need one.

I guess what you are paying for is the ultra light weight feauture in this range.
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