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Old 02-15-2012, 03:52 PM
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Great job in getting this started, cthomas - lot of rep to you and thanks. Also everyone that has chimed in. It's funny how often there are threads started here asking about where a certain Sage line fits in. Maybe once all the revisions are complete and this list is as accurate as it can be, it can be made sticky in the rod/general gear question section.

What would be really great would be to list the birth and death of each line.

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The VPS and the VPS Light were added to the discussion. My understanding of the VPS Light is that it was built with the same taper and design as the GIII LL rods, with lesser components. So yes, it is a "lower end" rod, so to speak, the description of the action would be moderate. I'm not sure on the straight VPS.
Interesting, didn't know that about the VPS Light. The VPS is a heavy, fast action, stick. I own a 9-0-6 and have never liked that thing.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:39 AM
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Info on end dates if it helps:

Sage Rod Models

GFL 1980-1987
SFL 1981-1983
SFS 1983
RP 1983-1993
2-HANDED 1984
LL 1987-1999
MA 1988-1989
EC 1988
RPL 1989-1997
RPLX 1989-1997
DS 1989-1998
YOUTH 1991-1997
SP 1993-2001
SP+ 1995-1998
RPL+ 1996-2000
SPL 1998-2001
SPL CA 1998-2001
RPLXi 1998-2003
VPS 1998-2005
DS2 1999-2004
SPIN 1998-2010
XP 2000-2006
VPS Lt 2001-2005
SLT 2002-2007
SLT CA 2002-2003
LE 2003-2004
TCR 2003-2008
Xi2 2004-2009
VT2 2006-2010
LAUNCH 2005-2009
FLi 2005-2008
TXL 2005-2010
Z AXIS 2007-2011(except for 2 Handed-current)
BASS 2008-2011
ZXL 2008-current
TCX 2009-current
TXL-F 2011-current
VXP 2011-current
ONE 2012-current
Flight 2009-current
VANTAGE 2010-current
Xi3 2010-current
99 2010-current
BASS II 2012- current
ESN 2012- current
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Thanks for the additional info Scott.

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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Sage started in '78 as Winslow. It had the SFL which was made out of s-glass, and the GFL in graphite ( which has been mentioned.)
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RPL-B Graphite III ?? I have no idea where it fits on the list, but I don't see it on there. Anyone know what it is and where it fits in?
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

I want to say early 80's for the first generation of the graphite III's and mid-late 80's for the 'B' version.

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I thought the "B" signifies it as a "blank only" so you could tell wether or not it was a factory built rod.
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I beleive your right Fredy. Here's one I built in 1990 the RPL-B (for Blank)
9' 6wt 2 piece. Still fishing with it.

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+1 for Fredy's observation (Good Call!). I have a old 'built it myself' 7/8 (still fishes great!) and I think he's right. A 'warranty' deal with Sage, or rather what the warranty covered. Rod vs just the blank.

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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Sage is using the "B" designation still today. I have a couple of Z-axis blanks that I am going to build soon with the same "B" designation.

My oldest Sage was my frst Sage I purchased when I was in highschool 8'6" 4wt RP and a 9'6 " 7wt RP. Still fishing them today!
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