04-25-2010, 12:36 AM
Re: Sage 99 Series
Testing a Sage 599-4 this week.
I should say off the top, I fish Sage. Have for a long time. Didn't want my opinion alone.
So I started handing it to friends/guides/clients in between testing it myself of course.
It came with a sweet (Rise) Reddington reel, lined with a RIO 6wt Steelhead taper.
So far, it's a hit.
Even though the line isn't really designed to cast for distance, this rod can seriously huck. I threw a sz 12 Skwalla across the river 60+ ft with out even trying. Then mended more easily than a nine footer can.
At 9ft 9inches, it gives that extra reach high sticking. Generation 5 technology makes it very light weight.
Water loads are a dream, and then there is the power/reach you can apply to one handed roll casts and associated spey casts/mends.
It easily handles a 3/4" indicator several BB's shot a med sized fly and dropper, no problem.
The oversized guides handle a fatter line and is clearly designed for shooting it.
One nice thing, when using a 9' leader, you can rig up for walking (hook on holder) with 3" of fly line through the terminal guide.
I like the ability to fish closer, than with my switch rod as well.
I tend to wade deep at times, and I like the feeling this rod gives, of not having to hold my arm quite so high to cast.
This not a long Z-axis. The Sage rep told me it was designed from paper up.
For those that loyally fished the XP model from Sage, this rod may partly fill the void.
This thing has a snappy power and may be the best rod for the water I regularly fish (Truckee River).
It'll handle wind, the distance w/dries, and the different styles of fishing, bobbercating, streamers, sinking line.
This could be love. You can always tell a good rod, by how much you don't want to return it. Now, to try the 6wt!
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.
Last edited by Bigfly; 08-01-2010 at 12:59 PM.