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Old 02-03-2012, 01:15 PM
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Default Sage Rod Chart Old to New

I was having a hard time deciphering all the model names old and new in the sage lineup. I found an article that gave a history of sage and I have done my best to make a timeline of the rods from sage over the years. I am not an expert by any stretch and there are undoubtedly errors in this list. Despite that, I thought it may be helpfull info for anyone looking at older or new sage rods. I ran out of energy and left out the current Spey and Switch rods from the list. If anyone has corrections or additions I would be happy to correct and re-post so let me know if there are changes.

Oh, and here is where I found the article:

The Sage Fly Fishing Story

Est Year Model Description
1982 -RP -Reserve Power for long Casts
1982 -GFL? -Graphite II
1985 -RPL -or Graphite III RPL High Performance
1985 -LL -Traditional Action 2-5 Weight (LL=Light line?)
1986 -RPLX -Saltwater 8-12 Weight
1986 -DS? -Spey ?
1986 -TH? -Double Handed ?
1997 -SPL -"Best of show" new rods
1997 -RPLxi -Revised and improved saltwater
1999 -XP -Lighter narrower tapered Fast Action
2003 -SLT -Medium Fast Action
2003 -TCR -Ultra fast action for experianced Casters
2004 -Xi2 -New Saltwater rod was first with new generation 5 (G5) Technology
2005 -TXL -Near weightless for light lines
2005 -Fli -Entry Level Fast Action taper with maximum power transfer
2005 -Launch -Entry Level smoth progressive power curve and very high strength to weight ratio
2006 -VT2 -Mid price point upgrade to long running VPS
2007 -Z-Axis -Ultimate Fast Action Rod coupled with trmendous feel (2 piece, 4 piece, Spey and Switch
2008 -BASS -Finally released after years of development and even showed up on magazine covers with Snook, Baby Tarpon and Pike
2008 -ZXL -Medum action Cousin to the Z-Axis in weights 3-6
2009 -TCX -Replacement for TCR but fitting a wider range of castins styles (kryptonite green)
Current -ONE -Flagship "all-around" rod Fast Action
Current -VXP -Ultra high speed line and slender shaft begginer to experianced
Current -Flight -Great features and a great price
Current -Vantage -Medium Fast value rod
Current -TXL-F -Light Line Ultra lightweight
Current -ZXL -Easy and Relaxed like the classic action rods
Current -Xi3 -Salt Water Replacement for Xi2
Current -99 -Nymph angler 9'9" with unique taper to make open loops
Current -BASS II -Upgrraded for faster line speeds for big flies still good for Bass, Snook, or Tarpon, Pike and Musky
Current -ESN -Designed for european lirect line nymphing with multimple flies

---------- Post added at 02:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:25 PM ----------

Correction 1 thanks to oarfish.

DS = Discovery Series

Est Year Model Description
1982 RP Resaerve Power for long Casts
1982 GFL? Graphite II
1985 RPL or Graphite III RPL High Performance
1985 LL Traditional Action 2-5 Weight (LL=Light line?)
1986 RPLX Saltwater 8-12 Weight
1986 DS Discovery Series - Moderate Action
1986 TH? Double Handed ?
1997 SPL "Best of show" new rods
1997 RPLxi Revised and improved saltwater
1999 XP Lighter narrower tapered Fast Action
2003 SLT Medium Fast Action
2003 TCR Ultra fast action for experianced Casters
2004 Xi2 New Saltwater rod was first with new generation 5 (G5) Technology
2005 TXL Near weightless for light lines
2005 Fli Entry Level Fast Action taper with maximum power transfer
2005 Launch Entry Level smoth progressive power curve and very high strength to weight ratio
2006 VT2 Mid price point upgrade to long running VPS
2007 Z-Axis Ultimate Fast Action Rod coupled with trmendous feel (2 piece, 4 piece, Spey and Switch
2008 BASS Finally released after years of development and even showed up on magazine covers with Snook, Baby Tarpon and Pike
2008 ZXL Medum action Cousin to the Z-Axis in weights 3-6
2009 TCX Replacement for TCR but fitting a wider range of castins styles (kryptonite green)
Current ONE Flagship "all-around" rod Fast Action
Current VXP Ultra high speed line and slender shaft begginer to experianced
Current Flight Great features and a great price
Current Vantage Medium Fast value rod
Current TXL-F Light Line Ultra lightweight
Current ZXL Easy and Relaxed like the classic action rods
Current Xi3 Salt Water Replacement for Xi2
Current 99 Nymph angler 9'9" with unique taper to make open loops
Current BASS II Upgrraded for faster line speeds for big flies still good for Bass, Snook, or Tarpon, Pike and Musky
Current ESN Designed for european lirect line nymphing with multimple flies
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Thanks for the effort.
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You are missing at least one, though you mentioned its replacement. Where does the VPS fit into the timeline?
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I'm ready to ad VPS, VPSL and RPL+. I'm not sure what to put in the description field. My Guess is that VPS is a mid priced rod.
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The VPS started at $290 up to around $350, the VPSL could reach $400.

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I'm ready to ad VPS, VPSL and RPL+. I'm not sure what to put in the description field. My Guess is that VPS is a mid priced rod.
I thnk the RPL+ was the direct predecessor to the XP?

Can't remember what year I bought it..
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I'm tabulating reponses and will update later today
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Dont forget the SP not sure when it came into the scene, late 80's early 90's?
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

if i recall, sage put out a lower end series called the le in the early 00's.
i wanna say 2003 or 2004.
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Default Re: Sage Rod Chart Old to New

Thanks for the great list. LL is Light Line
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