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Old 08-21-2012, 02:51 PM
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Anyone buying the hype? Anyone cast one yet? I've got to admit...even a fast action guy like myself is interested to see what a slow action fast response is like.
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a slow action fast response.
What materials did they use to get that? Is this something along the lines of Winston's Graphite/Boron? You have peaked my curiousity as well.
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I have thrown a 389 and the 489. There is a thread on the fly rod section I started when I threw the 3 wt. You can read about it there.

The first thing that you will notice is the how thin the butt section is of the Circa. When I cast the 489, I compared it to a 486 Boron IIIX. The boron felt stiffer and had more mass in the butt section. The Circa is unlike any rod that I have every thrown. It bends deep into the butt section. At the same time, it had no problem booming out casts. The graphite, althoug bendy, still recovers lightening fast. I really like the Circa and it is my goal to own one. It is a fantastic, rod, but different. I am not sure it is a hit, but I am glad that Sage is trying this, and it was a hit with me.
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I'm excited to cast one, but doubt I'll own one until I can get some kind of deal on it.

The 379 sounds lovely for small streams.
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I have yet to even see one. Loving the ONE, I expect Circa to be too deep flexing for my personal style. However, a 7'9"/#4 sounds like a 2013 take on the early 80's Orvis "Far and Fine" (7'9"/#5)...cool, I look forward to casting it. All the rods in Sage's line up will ultimatly be replaced with Konetic Technology versions and this Circa sounds like it will be giving Winston a migrane.
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I have cast one!!!! My local guy got some in, he's had them for 2 days now, sold one each day. I made the mistake of saying hey why not and casting it on my way out the door and oh my, what a rod. its EXTREMELY easy to cast and is freakishly accurate. Its very light, the feel is excellent. yeah, its awesome, totally worth winning best in show recently here. I compaired it to a one that was sitting next to it in the bush, and the one doesnt even come close to showing/feeling as nice as the Circa.
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Default Re: Sage Circa?

I cast a 489 today, a very nice rod. I would agree with Utah Daveii's assessment, very easy to cast. I cast it along with a Winston 476 WT and a 476BIIT. My casting style suits the Winston's better, but for anyone in the market for a slower action rod, you should try the Circas
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I got my hands on the circa last week 4wt 8'9 and it was amazing. I have never cast anything with such ease. I want one bad but not at the asking price. I bought the Orvis Superfine touch at a much lower price and a very comparable action. I actually like the look of the Orvis a little better. I will have a circa though.
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Default Re: Sage Circa?

I love my SLT and SPL and I am definitely curious now to cast the "new" slow action rod. I hope the local shop gets some in, I'm sure they will. If I were so smitten, I'd get a blank for $300 something and build one.
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I have attached Steve Schmidts of Western Rivers review of the Sage Circa. Steve is a real old school guy. I think he still primarily fishes his pre IM6 winston. They all got to fish this rod quite a bit in July months. I probably stopped by three times to cast the 589 and it was always out with the staff.

It is probably not the most unbiased report in the world since they sale the rods, but this shop has always been known as the Winston shop around town (they are also gaining an affinity for Scott Rods as well).

For the record Western Rivers is one of the key fighters in our stream access battle here in utah. Good guys that put a lot of money into conservation.

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