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Old 02-21-2013, 07:57 AM
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WOW! I may sign up for that, going to a good cause and you get a kickass rod.

OK not to steal again from Shotgun, but I just signed up also haha thanks for the link and Shotgun for making this thread.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:07 AM
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It is not an issue of the ONE being better than Helios or whichever your favorite #5 is...ONE is different from other rods. The majority of 5-weights are easy casting all-round trout rods; not to heavy not too light, just right. That is why more 9'/#5 rods are sold than any other size fly rod. Nothing mysterious about Helios (or H2), it is light and smooth and easy to cast. ONE is different; you may need to learn to cast ONE. It is not so much that it is "stiff" it is really less stiff than ultra fast recovering; there is so little mass in the rod that its responses are unlike other rods. To use an automotive analogy, a fine street car like a Benz or Cadillac soaks up the bumps and road irregularities smoothly and compliantly whereas a sports car has a suspension and steering that makes you feel every expansion joint and not only permits but encourages the driver to carve every apex. You have to concentrate more but the driving experience is mush more rewarding and you are engaged. So to with ONE; it demands you focus on your timing, it will be unforgiving of anomalies in your stroke, your casting must elevate to ITS standards. It is not that it is hard to cast, it isn't...it is hard to cast it well and when you do you begin to extract the performance out of it that may not exist in your Helios. ONE is the penultimate technical rod and the only reservation I have with it is that the snake guides are slightly too small for the ultimate in articulate slack line downstream feed. However, the tip's reflexes over come that as such adroit mends are encouraged by its unparalleled precision. My 5-weight is a very early example and I was happily fishing Z-Axis before that. I took a while to transition from the more compliant tip and more progressive taper of Z- to the ONE's sharper reflexes but it was very rewarding once I did. I do not fish ONE exclusively though. I also have Hardy's Zenith #5 which is largely as capable as ONE but much more relaxed and intuitive to cast well. As I often say, I like rods with varied personalities and I fish Zenith very happily much of the time but when the ultimate in precision is called for on demanding technical water with bank sippers focused on one phase of the mayfly emergence...out comes ONE!
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This is a win-win situation. Your helping to support a great group and receiving some great equipment.
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According to my buddy.... no you will never go back to the Orvis. He said his Sage "One" is the truest tracking, line blasting rod he has ever fished. He hooked up a 30 lb. King on his 8 wt. a couple of week ago and said " I turned the rod into a Hula Hoop". He landed the King with no problems.

I usually believe that all the hype is just marketing, but in this case it may be justified. Hope so as I am starting a new build on a Sage "One" Switch 7116-4 next week.

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I just bought a Sage ONE Switch 7116-4. As this is my first switch/spey rod I'm sure I won't be a good judge of how good the rod is. I haven't even cast it yet, I'm waiting for open water. Looking forward to it tho.

I checked out the TU membership deal. Too bad its a 5 wt. I already have one and its lucky if I use it more than 4-5 times a year. Now if it was a 8wt then I'd be more inclined. Even tho I already have 3 8wts I'd be interested in another. I use my 8wts probably close to 100 days a year.
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Are you limited to Sage brand rods if you join TU ?
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:14 AM
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It is the Lifetime membership deal, you get a SAGE ONE and Sage 2050 reel. I just joined and paid, cant wait to get my stuff.

Looks like you also get a lifetime of the magazine.
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Are you limited to Sage brand rods if you join TU ?
Sage ONE 9ft 5wt and 2050 Reel is the deal.

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With the current offering yes. They have had other rod/reel combos with their lifetime membership offering in the past. I'm sure at some point they will change the offering again.
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With the current offering yes. They have had other rod/reel combos with their lifetime membership offering in the past. I'm sure at some point they will change the offering again.
The offering just before the latest Sage ONE was a Winston BIIIx(?).
The offering seems to change about every 3-6 months.
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The offering just before the latest Sage ONE was a Winston BIIIx(?).
The offering seems to change about every 3-6 months.
Yup, it was a Sage 9' 5wt ZXL + Lamson Konic when I made the jump. TU is a good organization.
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