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Old 02-20-2013, 09:18 PM
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Default SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

I just paid for my trout unlimited lifetime membership and for doing so get a new Sage One rod and 2050 reel. I've only fished Helios rods and figured a 9'5 'fast action' wouldn't be redundant.

I have no experience with them and am looking for any input from current SAGE owners. I haven't been able to find any forum threads discussing the ONE. If anyone knows where one is please pass it on.

Will I ever go back to Orvis rods?

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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

I have no experience with the One myself, but this may help:

Sage One Fly Rod Review - Yellowstone Angler
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:48 AM
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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

I just got one and am waiting to try it out.

There is a good review by Creeker in the gear review section , it is a few pages

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:11 AM
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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

Not to take this off topic, but what is the Trout Unlimited membership?
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:04 AM
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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

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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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

I have a Sage One 10 ft 5 wt that I bought primarily as a nymphing rod. As Pete says it is is "the truest tracking, line blasting rod he has ever fished", but that being said, I don't think it is any better or worse than the Helios, maybe in the hands of a true master caster you could see the difference, but for me they are both excellent casting rods. I really like the way the One can bomb casts out and the accuracy it has, but it is a stiff rod that takes some real care when setting the hook. It is real easy to get over excited and set the hook a little too aggresively and bang you just broke the fish off. I lost count of the number of fish I broke off when I first got it, but I was determined to get used to how it handled. I fished with it all last year and have gotten used to that idiosyncrasy. Maybe the One would be a better rod in the heavier sizes like an 8 wt.
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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

I cast a 9'0" 5 wt. One when they first came out in the Summer of 2010. I cast it side-by-side with my Sage Z-Axis and, in the end, I kept the Z-Axis and let the One go. I think I posted a short review on the One back at that time.

Last Winter for a project, I built a Sage One 6 wt.; for heavier streamer fishing and when the wind picks up. It's a very nice blank.

I, too, just joined Trout Unlimited as a Life Member and I'm waiting for the delivery of the 9'0" 4 piece 5 wt. One and the Sage reel that they're putting together with it (they say it takes about 4-6 weeks to get the gear). Frankly, as you know, the retail value of the gear is almost the cost of the Lifetime membership.

As Larry has said, the Helios is also a very good rod and I don't think that there will be anything about the Sage One that will make you want to retire you Helios. And, of course, you still need a back-up rod; for whichever one becomes your favorite........................

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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

I think you'll be happy with the rod. I have cast them before and its a very nice rod. I join the TU lifemember program a couple years ago and got the TCX and honestly I'd rather have the ONE over the TCX.
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Default Re: SAGE ONE: Looking for thoughts...

If you join TU as a lifetime member right now, they'll give you a 5wt Sage One and a Sage reel (2050 I think).

It's a fantastic deal. The value of that gear is almost the price of the membership...very tempting. I wish it was a 7wt.

It's probably too fast for me anyway, I like my medium action rods.
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Not to take this off topic, but what is the Trout Unlimited membership?

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