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Danville: #2 Chenille, Pale Yellow, 2
Danville #2 Fly Tying Chenille is perfect for a wide range of artificial fly patterns. Use it in dry fly recipes as wells as nymphs. This material is standard in many steelhead and Atlantic salmon flies.
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detdesc::Chenille is to fly tying as summer reading is to grade school: required. This pipe cleaner without the wire is a material no fly tyer can live without. An extremely versatile material, chenille used for patterns as simple as the San Juan Worm the most complex Spey and Atlantic salmon dressings, chenille should never be in short supply at your fly tying bench. Danville #2 is the industry standard chenille and is available in a range of assorted colors.


Summary
Danville #2 Chenille is the industry leader in quality fly tying chenille. This material is required for many artificial fly patterns both simple and complex. Danville #2 Chenille is available in orange, medium olive, insect green, fluorescent pink, fluorescent chartreuse, fluorescent orange, fluorescent white, dark olive, dark brown, and black colors.



Details
- Required material for many simple and complex patterns

- Danville #2 is the industry standard

- Size: #2

- Colors: orange, medium olive, insect green, fluorescent pink, fluorescent chartreuse, fluorescent orange, fluorescent white, dark olive, dark brown, and black



Common patterns
- San Juan Worm

- Wooly Bugger



Leland on Danville #2 Chenille
Danville #2 Chenille is the most versatile fly tying chenille on the market. This material screams quality and functionality. It's supple, easy to work with, and extremely durable. Use Danville #2 Chenille in any pattern calling for fly tying chenille. You won't be disappointed.



Leland on Danville
Danville Chenille Company, Inc. is located in the beautiful town of Danville, New Hampshire. They have been providing fly tyers with professional-grade chenille for many years and are the makers of the industry standard Danville #2 Chenille. Choose Danville and expect nothing but the very best in fly tying chenille. Period.



Leland on Chenille
This tying material has the look and feel of a limp pipe cleaner - and it's available in just about all the same colors! It is most often used in the construction of bodies of many nymph patterns. Chenille can create many different effects that a fly tyer may want to achieve. It is available in many colors, textures, diameters, and degrees of "flash" or "sparkle."



Danville on Danville
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Danville: #2 Chenille, Red, 2
Danville #2 Fly Tying Chenille is perfect for a wide range of artificial fly patterns. Use it in dry fly recipes as wells as nymphs. This material is standard in many steelhead and Atlantic salmon flies.
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detdesc::Chenille is to fly tying as summer reading is to grade school: required. This pipe cleaner without the wire is a material no fly tyer can live without. An extremely versatile material, chenille used for patterns as simple as the San Juan Worm the most complex Spey and Atlantic salmon dressings, chenille should never be in short supply at your fly tying bench. Danville #2 is the industry standard chenille and is available in a range of assorted colors.


Summary
Danville #2 Chenille is the industry leader in quality fly tying chenille. This material is required for many artificial fly patterns both simple and complex. Danville #2 Chenille is available in orange, medium olive, insect green, fluorescent pink, fluorescent chartreuse, fluorescent orange, fluorescent white, dark olive, dark brown, and black colors.



Details
- Required material for many simple and complex patterns

- Danville #2 is the industry standard

- Size: #2

- Colors: orange, medium olive, insect green, fluorescent pink, fluorescent chartreuse, fluorescent orange, fluorescent white, dark olive, dark brown, and black



Common patterns
- San Juan Worm

- Wooly Bugger



Leland on Danville #2 Chenille
Danville #2 Chenille is the most versatile fly tying chenille on the market. This material screams quality and functionality. It's supple, easy to work with, and extremely durable. Use Danville #2 Chenille in any pattern calling for fly tying chenille. You won't be disappointed.



Leland on Danville
Danville Chenille Company, Inc. is located in the beautiful town of Danville, New Hampshire. They have been providing fly tyers with professional-grade chenille for many years and are the makers of the industry standard Danville #2 Chenille. Choose Danville and expect nothing but the very best in fly tying chenille. Period.



Leland on Chenille
This tying material has the look and feel of a limp pipe cleaner - and it's available in just about all the same colors! It is most often used in the construction of bodies of many nymph patterns. Chenille can create many different effects that a fly tyer may want to achieve. It is available in many colors, textures, diameters, and degrees of "flash" or "sparkle."



Danville on Danville
"We are the world wide providers of threads, chenilles, tinsels, floss, wire, braid and many other fly tying and fly fishing needs."
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Danville: #2 Chenille, Purple, 2
Danville #2 Fly Tying Chenille is perfect for a wide range of artificial fly patterns. Use it in dry fly recipes as wells as nymphs. This material is standard in many steelhead and Atlantic salmon flies.
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detdesc::Chenille is to fly tying as summer reading is to grade school: required. This pipe cleaner without the wire is a material no fly tyer can live without. An extremely versatile material, chenille used for patterns as simple as the San Juan Worm the most complex Spey and Atlantic salmon dressings, chenille should never be in short supply at your fly tying bench. Danville #2 is the industry standard chenille and is available in a range of assorted colors.


Summary
Danville #2 Chenille is the industry leader in quality fly tying chenille. This material is required for many artificial fly patterns both simple and complex. Danville #2 Chenille is available in orange, medium olive, insect green, fluorescent pink, fluorescent chartreuse, fluorescent orange, fluorescent white, dark olive, dark brown, and black colors.



Details
- Required material for many simple and complex patterns

- Danville #2 is the industry standard

- Size: #2

- Colors: orange, medium olive, insect green, fluorescent pink, fluorescent chartreuse, fluorescent orange, fluorescent white, dark olive, dark brown, and black



Common patterns
- San Juan Worm

- Wooly Bugger



Leland on Danville #2 Chenille
Danville #2 Chenille is the most versatile fly tying chenille on the market. This material screams quality and functionality. It's supple, easy to work with, and extremely durable. Use Danville #2 Chenille in any pattern calling for fly tying chenille. You won't be disappointed.



Leland on Danville
Danville Chenille Company, Inc. is located in the beautiful town of Danville, New Hampshire. They have been providing fly tyers with professional-grade chenille for many years and are the makers of the industry standard Danville #2 Chenille. Choose Danville and expect nothing but the very best in fly tying chenille. Period.



Leland on Chenille
This tying material has the look and feel of a limp pipe cleaner - and it's available in just about all the same colors! It is most often used in the construction of bodies of many nymph patterns. Chenille can create many different effects that a fly tyer may want to achieve. It is available in many colors, textures, diameters, and degrees of "flash" or "sparkle."



Danville on Danville
"We are the world wide providers of threads, chenilles, tinsels, floss, wire, braid and many other fly tying and fly fishing needs."
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British Columbia Swing Spey Rod 7130-4 13' 7wt
Simply put, this two-hander serves up ultimate casting enjoyment and fishing function for those who swing for steelhead.
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detdesc::When it comes to catching steelhead on the swing, there's no denying that many casts lay ahead.  For those steelhead anglers who agree with us that enjoying the cast is just as important as celebrating the catch, we offer the British Columbia Swing Spey rod.  Thoughtfully balanced and efficient, you'll find a smile on your face with every cast, whether Scandi or Skagit.  While other rod brands might only tout performance, Leland Rod Co. is after the big picture as it relates to casting.  Our Swing rod allows the caster to effectively control the distance of each cast, from short to far.  Our rod's stability provides exceptional accuracy and a smooth presentation of your offering, all while remaining incredibly efficient.  Put simply this rod is a joy to cast.  Beyond the casting and catching function, we offer classic cosmetics as we believe a quality fly rod should be visually pleasing.  Take for instance our blank color (Silt Grey) and our attention to thread wraps, both speaking to the heart of a true fly angler.  What's more, our darkened nickle silver hardware matches handsomely with our rich cocobolo wood insert.  It's the little things that make a big difference.
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British Columbia Drift Steelhead Nymph Fly Rod, 7100-4
Steelheading with a single hand fly rod has never been so good!
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detdesc::Not all steelhead return to spawn in a classic, broader rivers.  Instead, many fish return to smaller rivers (almost streams).  A switch or Spey rod is simply too long and cumbersome on smaller waters.  Casting our British Columbia Drift rod in tighter quarters is a dream come true for dedicated steelhead anglers.  Whether you're nymphing or swinging, our 11 foot 7 weight can roll cast, underhand cast, overhead cast and even single-hand Spey cast with ease.  Now you can confidently fish smaller waters often overlooked by other anglers with ease and success.  Beyond casting performance and fishing function, we didn't neglect the little things like how a real fly rod should look.  Along with classic colorings and thread work, we also included the finer things in life like real nickle silver hardware and Cocobolo wood.  Enjoy!
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Sage Xi2 Saltwater Fly Rod Review
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Sage Xi2 Big Game Saltwater Fly Fishing Rods Review


 


Specifications
• Line Sizes: 6 to 16 weight
• Rod Lengths: 8' to 9.5' 
• Sections: all 4 piece models 
• Handles: Portuguese cork - Full-wells saltwater grip
• Reel Seats: Black anodized aluminum uplock w/ cork fighting butt 
• Actions: Fast




What’s the word...?



Saltwater fly rods have a difficult set of
criteria to live up to. They need to be powerful, and have a relatively
fast action to throw tighter loops when distance is required, and to
battle wind with large flies. Yet, just as often, these rods are called
upon to load quickly for very short casts, with just one backcast, when
jumping fish from the deck of a boat, or in poor visibility conditions.
Hmmmm... that sounds like a difficult design parameter to me. In a
similar vein, we’re battling some pretty big, muscular fish here,
sometimes longer than we would want to, so the fly rod has to be built
strong enough to take that punishment, plus the added abuse of getting
knocked around in a boat. But on the other hand, we may have to cast
this beast of a rod for hours at a time, so if it’s overly heavy, or
unresponsive, it could wipe us out of the game when if we’re unable to
raise our arms any more. Such are the dilemmas of the Saltwater fly
angler.

Awhile back, the Sage Rod Company started
experimenting with a graphite fly rod construction process which they
thought would lead them to the next level in overall fly rod
performance. In a nutshell, they were right on. After three years of
extensive testing, Sage’s new Generation 5 Graphite Technology process
was unveiled for the 2004 season in the form of an impressive new series
of high performance saltwater fly fishing rods, the Xi2. This
construction process has proven so successful, Sage has incorporated the
same G5 Technology into the moderate action/light line ZXL Series, the
all-around fast action Z-Axis Series, and most recently, for 2008, the
featherweight TXL ultra-light series.



Action...



All of these new Sage rod Series are impressive performers in their own right, but let’s get back to the Sage Xi2s. The Xi2 rod
has a fast action, yet is extremely smooth, and can readily generate
high line speeds for longer saltwater casts, even though it has a finer
tip and weighs about a half an ounce less than its popular predecessor,
the Sage RPLXi. When I recently used the Xi2 12 weight on a Tarpon trip
to the Keys, we ran into a lot of overcast conditions. Sometimes we
didn’t see these monsters until they were just about on top of us. Then
the guide was yelling, “Get it out there, NOW!” The Xi2 responded fairly
quickly and accurately in these short line situations. Sage says that
their Modulus Positioning System (MPS) in the Xi2 allows a precise
lay-up of longitudinal fibers not only to create the smoothest action
possible, but also “to provide a startling level of "line feel"
throughout the casting stroke. This enhanced ability to feel the rod
load allows you to apply power more efficiently.” I’d agree with that,
considering that the Xi2 is a fast action rod. “Fast” in saltwater
lexicon usually means “really stiff”. The Xi2 seemed to give me more
feedback than the heavier saltwater sticks I’d used in the past. Long
casts or short casts, the Xi2 seemed to make my casting easier. I should
note that my casting style is suited, and my preferences are biased,
toward faster action rods. But G5 Technology looks to make even fast
rods more “castable” for everyone, so I would even recommend these rods
to beginning casters, some of who may benefit by starting out with a fly
line one size heavier than the rod weight.


Features. . .



There are thirteen of these dark blue-colored,
four-piece bad boys, and they cover all the line weights, ranging from a
9’ six weight for spooky bones, specks, and reds, all the way up to an 8
foot long, sixteen (yes, 16) weight rod for landing god-knows-what
kinda huge fish. The Sage Xi2 9 foot 8 weight, 10 weight, and 12 weight
rods remain the salt water workhorses for flats, reefs and offshore and
are the most popular sizes for all-around saltwater fly fishing.


Materials. . . Reliability and Durability. . .


Sage replaced a very successful saltwater rod series,
the RPLXi with the Xi2. The Xi2 weighs significantly less, easily
generates more power, but most importantly, has a more responsive,
lively feel when compared to previous saltwater rods.

The significance lies in the differing technologies used
in building the rod blanks themselves. Instead of a typical fiberglass
“scrim” or mesh that is rolled around the steel mandrel and binds the
longitudinal graphite fibers together, the Z-Axis utilizes what Sage
calls their Generation 5 technology. In this process, the scrim is
replaced by a lighter layer of graphite cloth that is rolled at a 90º
angle to the separate layer of longitudinal graphite rolled over it. The
result is a rod with greater “hoop” strength with less weight. When a
fly fishing rod bends, its circular cross section becomes an oval, with
the greatest stress occurring in the compression element at the inside
of the bend. This phenomenon is typically what causes graphite rods to
shatter when they’re overstressed (aside from car doors, dog teeth, and
nicks from weighted flies). These graphite “hoops” offer far greater
stability than their heavier fiberglass counterparts used
in past generations of graphite fly rods. In addition, when the G5
layers are compressed with tape and baked in an oven, as all synthetic
rods are, the epoxy resin fuses the layers together more effectively
than it would with scrim, and uses less resin in the process. G5 tech
has been proven with the Xi2 Salt Water rods, and has lead to the
production of new, higher performance freshwater Sage fly rods, as
well.  Not only that, but in the four plus years since their
introduction, the Sage Xi2s have proven their extreme ruggedness in
tough saltwater situations. So; lighter, stronger, faster, more
versatile, and more durable, to boot? If you took a poll of veteran
Saltwater fly anglers, it would be no surprise that they would rate the
Sage Xi2 as the top saltwater rods available today.


Fit and Finish. .


The sanded surface blank of the Xi2 is painted a blue
color with blue thread wraps over English Hopkins and Holloway
heavy-duty oversized snake guides, oversized round tip top, and two
stripping guides, with three stripping guides on 11 weight rods, and
heavier. The grips are turned smoothly from the finest individual
Portuguese cork rings and are complimented with a black, salt-safe,
heavy duty anodized aluminum uplocking reel seat with a cork fighting
butt. Due to several layers of inspection during the manufacturing
process, the fit and finish of the Xi2 is nearly flawless and what one
would, and should, expect on a top of the line rod. The rod comes in a
cloth sock with fold over tie down and a substantial, blue colored
aluminum tube with a solid screw cap.

• Sage G5 technology graphite construction

• Very light in hand (for salt water fly rods)

• Fast and crisp, yet smooth, rod tapers for high line speed, accuracy, and comfortable casting, near or far

• Oversized, low profile English Hopkins and Holloway guides and round tip top

• Hand-turned Full Wells cork grip

• Black uplocking salt-safe big game reel seat with cork fighting butt

• Cloth sack and aluminum rod case

• Limited lifetime warranty



Customer Support. . . . Company profile.



Sage was founded in 1979 by Don Green, an
experienced rod blank builder and one of the architects of the modern
fishing rod, as owner of the Grizzly Fiberglass Company, which later
partnered with Fenwick. It was originally called Winslow Manufacturing
(after the city of Winslow on Bainbridge Island, Washington)
but within a year had changed its name to Sage. Emphasizing high
quality fly rods sold only through specialty stores, Sage rode the crest
of the fly-fishing boom in the post “A River Runs Through It” years.
Today, although there is no industry repository for exact numbers, Sage
is probably the world’s largest producer of premium fly rods and employs
over 100 workers in their manufacturing facility.

So, has being
the 800-pound gorilla affected the quality of their product as it has
with so many other companies in the outdoor industry? Although
challenged by industry wide flat sales, the growth of the Internet, and
increasingly higher quality Asian imports, my impression is no, for
several reasons. Sage has continued to retain talented people and spend
money on research and development. The proximity of Bainbridge to the
Boeing Aircraft manufacturing plants near Seattle and Toray Composites
in Tacoma provides access to a wealth of knowledge from the aerospace
industry, the primary end users of graphite fiber. More importantly,
aside from a few casting and spinning rod models over the years, Sage
has pretty much stuck to their original intention, building very good
fly rods.

The Xi2 has a limited lifetime warranty for the
original owner. If you damage or break your rod, you are responsible
for the shipping charges and insurance to send ALL of the pieces to Sage
in the original tube, or a PVC tube, plus a $50 handling fee, to cover
return shipping and insurance within the U. S. or Canada. International
owners are charged the actual shipping and insurance fees. Not a bad
deal for an expensive, relatively fragile tool. The other five or six
top US makers offer similar rod warranties, but not all provide the same
level of service. I’ve seen some customers wait 3 or 4 months, or
longer, to get their rods back. Sort of puts the damper on the fishing
season. Sage’s lead time for repairs is usually about 2 to 3 weeks
during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ to 2 weeks in the
winter.


Overall Rating - 4 ½ STARS


The Sage Xi2, from many standpoints, deserves its
reputation as the best all around salt water rod series, and would be my
first choice in all line weights that I would most often use in
saltwater. If I could suggest one ‘dream’ change, however, it would be
for Sage to adopt some new, innovative technology that’s recently become
available; Recoil nickel/titanium guides and stripping guides. These
amazing, lightweight guides are nearly crush-proof, usually snapping
back to their original shape after being deformed. Recoils, as I’ve
heard from some saltwater pros, have superior corrosion resistance over
traditional plated steel wire guides, particularly when exposed to a
constant marine environment. I don’t live on the ocean and I’m an
occasional salt water fly angler, so I clean and rinse my gear (as I’ve
been told to do over the years), after every salt exposure, and I clean
it again, more thoroughly, when I get home from a trip. So, for me, as
well as most anglers, both types of guides will work fine and most
likely will give me long years of service. Sage competitor,
G. Loomis has had good success with the Recoil guides on their GLX
CrossCurrent saltwater fly rods. The CrossCurrents also cast very, very
well and I would rate them a close second to the Xi2 and, perhaps, a
first choice for someone who keeps their rods onboard most of the time.


Pros


 
Generation 5 Technology all-graphite layup from
Sage builds noticeably lighter, stronger and faster line speed saltwater
fly rods that can still load readily over a wide range of casting
distances for ultimate versatility. Thirteen rod models from 6 to 16
weights to cover everything from small reds to giant billfish.
Heavy-duty reel seats. Limited lifetime warranty.


Cons



$670 to $745 price tag is a little steep for
some, but in line with other top saltwater fly rod makers. Traditional
chromed steel guides, while sturdy, sometimes do not hold up as well to
constant, or unmaintained salt water corrosion as the newer
nickel/titanium Recoil guides.


Bottom Line



A combination of recent technological advances and
superb tapers, the Sage Xi2 has established a higher casting and fish
fighting standard in saltwater fly fishing rods. Fast, smooth, ‘lively’
and powerful with proven strength and durability from the world’s most
successful premier fly rod manufacturer.

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Sage Bass II Fly Rods  


Specifications



•  Model: Largemouth


•  Length: 7'11''


•  Sections: Four 

•  Line Weight: 330gr

•  Handle: Custom pre-shaped cork, 6 1/2'' full-wells grip 

•  Reel Seat: Saltwater safe, red anodized aluminum 

•  Action: Fast






September 22, 2011 (San Francisco, CA):
You wouldn't go off-roading in a Prius
or
sport water skis on a powder day
, so don't settle for a
trout rod if it's bass you're after. Sage understands the importance
of designing fly rods suited for specific applications, and their new
Bass II is the epitome of a specialized fly rod that delivers
spectacular results.


 



Purpose-built for the demanding
conditions unique to fly fishing for bass and other warmwater
species, the Sage Bass II doesn't just continue the legacy of Sage's
original Bass series, it rewrites what's possible in the
quest for bigger bugs and badder fish
. The
Sage Bass II is lighter and stronger than its predecessor, delivering
a faster action and higher line speed for tighter loops, easier line
pickup, and maximum efficiency.


 

 








   


Series Overview





New for 2011, the reigning king of
Sage's Bass II series is the Peacock Fly Rod
. The name says it all:
it's the only fly rod of its kind that packs big game power in a
7'11” package, engineered to take on the biggest bass and warm
water monsters with supreme efficiency. P.I.M.P. out your fly
rod arsenal with the star of the Sage Bass II series, designed to be
the ultimate tool for Peacock, Musky and
Pike
. Capable of casting giants flies with dead on
delivery, the Sage Bass II Peacock Fly Rod can quickly turn over even
the most stubborn of catches. This makes the Sage Bass II Peacock the
ideal fly rod for tying into tarpon and snook deep within the
mangroves, clocking in at under eight feet to keep you in control of
the fight when fish get down into the structure where other fly rods
simply cannot perform. In addition to improving your capacity to cast
accurately and fight hard, the ultra lightweight design of the Sage
Bass II Peacock alleviates the fatigue that accompanies using
lengthy, heavy fly rods to hook hefty fish. That means you can fish
longer and fish more effectively, especially in tight quarters
.


  





Great rods made even better: The
other three models of the Sage's signature Bass II series have been
redesigned to offer higher line speed and greater lifting power. The
Bass II Bluegill, Smallmouth and Largemouth are aptly named and finely tuned to excel across
the board in warm water fishing environments. No matter the
conditions or density of cover, Sage Bass IIs are capable of
catapulting wind resistant flies to the farthest reaches of your
favorite waters and pulling out bruisers with ease. From panfish
to stripers, largemouths to wipers, Sage Bass II Fly Rods are
exceptionally lightweight with uncompromising strength. And while
their applications might be varied to satisfy individual tastes, all
of the Sage Bass II models share the same core principle: maximum
leverage for optimal efficiency.
At 7'11”, the Sage Bass II
fly rods aren't just tournament-ready for the few and fearless fly
competitors, they're fly rods built for every angler who wants to
hone their bass game.


  





Combine this cutting edge engineering
with a fly line that's tailor-made to max out each rod's potential,
and you have a supremely balanced instrument that offers an
unprecedented blend of finesse and brute strength
. The fly line
is the driving force behind a successful rod outfit, and each model
in the Sage Bass II comes with a heavy-duty line (ranging from 230
grains to a whopping 390 grains). And when you do tie into a hard
hitting behemoth, the Sage Bass II's enormously powerful butt section
allows you to turn over fish quickly and pull them from the cover.
It's this interplay between the rod action, the fine-tuned line
taper, and Sage's superior graphite III material that makes the Bass
II fly rod spectacularly fun.


  



Stellar performance aside, it
doesn't hurt to have a fly rod that looks good
. The Sage Bass II
features a new high-contrast
colorway to match their high-octane power,
with a radiant Tree
Frog Green shaft and rust, gold and black thread wraps. Top it off
with a saltwater safe, red anodized reel seat for a finish that's as
crisp as the action of the rod. But don't let the polished exterior
mislead you, Sage Bass II Fly Rods are fiercely capable of handling a
lifetime of hard fishing and tough love.


  




The evidence of Sage's hard work shines
in every cast, and the Bass IIs are exceptionally crafted to suit
your big bass addiction. If you're
at home in the mangroves or marsh, if you love hucking flies in the
delta and ripping lunkers from cover, the Sage Bass II is exactly
what you've been waiting for.
Sage pioneered a new way of
thinking about fly fishing for warm water species with their first
generation of the Bass Fly Rod series, and they've managed once again
to redefine what's possible in crafting predator fly rods for
predator fish.



 

Sage Bass II Largemouth Fly Rod

Weight: 3 9/16oz

Line Size: 330gr











sage bass ii fly rods - PRO Review by leland's keith brauneis


 


What's the word...




For a while there have been whispers among the diehards in warmwater fly
fishing that a new series of bass rods were in the works at Sage. And
thankfully it's true! The Sage Bass II Series of fly rods takes the
powerful delivery and stout fish-fighting abilities of the Sage Bass
Series, and adds another measure of accuracy, feel and general casting
enjoyment.



Features...




With four models where there were three, the Sage Bass II Series of rods
provides a warmwater fishing tool for all comers -- dads looking to
introduce their kids to panfish on the neighborhood pond, or dedicated
anglers who migrate south annually to do battle in the mangroves.



The new Sage Peacock rod, designed to handle for the largest flies and
meanest fish you can find, is destined to become the go-to option for
anglers pursuing peacock bass, mangrove tarpon, snook, barramundi,
golden dorado and muskies. For this kind of hit-and-hold fishing, you
won’t find a more capable fighting tool!



Action…




Anyone who has fished poppers for ambush predators knows the adrenaline
that comes with a topwater explosion, and anyone who has cast a
well-designed fly rod knows the satisfaction that comes with an
effortless delivery and accurate presentation. The new Sage Bass II Rods
allow anglers to experience the crazy excitement of warmwater fly
fishing, but also to enjoy precise casts that any spring creek angler
would have to tip his hat to.



The Sage Bass II rods are damn fast, incredibly powerful rods, as they
need to be. But with the included fly lines, with which they’ve been
designed in tandem, they are perfectly balanced. These high-diameter,
short-tapered lines load these rods perfectly, and delivery stubborn
flies like deer-hair poppers without pussyfooting around. Like all Sage
fly rods, the Bass II rods respond best to an efficient, compact casting
stroke – the kind that loads and unloads the rod crisply, generates
tight loops, and provides the out-of-body experience and familiar,
profound feeling of gratitude that, since you got into fly fishing,
you’re the luckiest person in the world.



Materials…




The Sage Bass II Series rods are made with Sage’s tried and true
Graphite IIIe material, producing a hugely powerful but lightweight
blank. The resulting rods will carry a lot of line in the air and horse
fish from structure, but will also load predictably so they are a
pleasure to cast. The 7-foot-11-inch Sage Bass II rods fight like the
meatsticks they are, but somehow cast a lot like trout rods.



More so than their predecessors, the Sage Bass II rods have a solid
mid-section that allows you to make a pick-up-and-lay-down with at least
60 feet of line out the tip. Just like on the flats, sometimes you need
to make a long cast in a hurry in bass fishing, and having to strip
line in before you can backcast means critical seconds lost. In side by
side testing, we noticed the Sage Bass II Largemouth Rod performs this
task much better than its ancestor, which had a tendency to buckle and
shake when asked to pick up a long cast's worth of line.



Fit and Finish


 

Similar in appearance to the original series of Sage Bass rods, but Bass
II rods feature red, gold and black accents over a “Tree Frog Green”
blank, achieving a familiar-though-updated look reminiscent of the glass
and cane rods of the good ol’ days. The bold red anodize on the
machined aluminum, double-uplocking reel seat is a more distinctly
new-school touch we’re happy about.



Tricked out with Sage’s standard retinue of high-end components, the
Sage Bass II fly rods feature Hopkins and Holloway chrome-plated
stainless wire snake guides and tip-tops, and outsized stripping guides
to accommodate the truly large fly lines that make these rods get up and
dance. The full wells grips are of high-grade cork, with a reinforced
composite fighting butt.



The Sage
Bass II Fly Rods come with their respective matching floating fly lines and
a light green, nylon covered, padded carrying case with room for an
attached reel and zippered compartments for accessories. A nice, compact
package




Run-Down...


 


Proven Sage 3e graphite construction

Compact length and light in hand

Extremely powerful and accurate at short to medium distances with big flies

Great hook setting and fish fighting ability

Heavy duty, English Hopkins and Holloway guides and tip top

Padded nylon, PVC rod case with dividers and reel pocket

Limited lifetime warranty





Sum-Up...


 

First and foremost, these rods are a lot of fun to cast and
fish with. They make the good solid fun of a day of bass fishing that
much more awesome, and they bestow a sense of power and control in a
small,
relatively lightweight package. Feeling a good deal livelier than the
original Sage Bass rods, the Sage Bass II fly rods are just a blast to
cast, will “swim” or “pop” flies better than longer rods, and are way
more substantial when you need a monster hook set.  Most
importantly, once the fish is hooked, these fly rods will do what fly
rods are typically very poor at doing; pulling fish from heavy cover and
beating them quickly with maximum turning power.  Thanks for reading, and check out these links to learn more!



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new from sage - tcx switch rods

  

Specifications:


•    Models: 5119-4, 6119-4, 7119-4, 8119-4
•    Sections: Four
•    Weight: 5 1/4 oz. (5119) to 5 7/8 oz. (8119)
•    Handle: Updated grips built from premium cork
•    Reel Seat: Uplocking, Clear Anodized, Fully Machined Aluminum
•    Action: Very Fast
•    Retail Cost: $840-$855

Sage TCX Switch Rods are here.




April 4, 2011 (San Francisco, CA):  What do you get when you combine the world’s best casting fly rod technology with the fastest growing style of fly rod?  You get a Sage TCX Switch fly rod:  amazing performance and a pocket full of fishing options.
 
The Right Stuff:  Sage fly rods are known around the world as the benchmark of quality and performance.  Within their stable of fly rods lives the fabled Sage TCX Series.  This series was built to provide the ultimate in casting performance and efficiency.  Leveraging Sage’s Generation 5 technology, the craftsmen at Sage were able to make a fly rod that was not only lighter and more resilient than competing rods, but also brings a smile to any skilled caster’s face.  Now this same technology is available from Sage in four very useful switch models.

Sage TCX Switch Rods: the ultimate “do it all” performance fly rods are now available.


Series Overview

 
As quickly becomes clear to anyone who has cast a lot of fly rods, the Sage TCX Series rods are quite clearly among the most powerful ever built. These kryptonite-colored blanks are incredibly light on the scale and feature tapers that make them feel even lighter in hand. Leveraging much-touted G5 Technology, Sage's proprietary blank construction method which produces stronger, lighter weight rods that deliver amazing casting accuracy and fishing precision, TCX rods are the most impressive series from Sage in years.

The new TCX Switch Rods bring the high performance attributes of the TCX single hand and spey rods to the switch category. In line weights five through eight, the TCX Switch Series has something for every trout, steelhead, or salmon angler.

The 5119-4 and 6119-4 make useful nymphing tools for larger trout or half-pound steelhead, through they really excel when swinging traditional wet flies or soft-hackles on Scandinavian line systems.

The 7119-4 and 8119-4 also sing when rigged with Scandi heads, though they shine when fitted with Skagit heads for sinktip fishing. Immensely capable, these rods have the reserve power you need when fishing cold, gritty, high flows with larger, heavy flies and fast-sinking tips.



 
What's the word...
 
TCX is the latest super-star rod series from Sage, and the TCX Switch Rods represent Sage's commitment to providing high-performance tools for the emerging switch category.

We fished the 5119-4 and 6119-4 TCX Switch Rods on Colorado's Blue River in September, swinging and nymphing for brown trout. We used the new Rio Switch Line, which provides outstanding drift control with its longer belly and long rear taper. Impressive performance all around. Fish were caught.

We fished the 7119-4 and 8119-4 TCX Switch Rods on Oregon's Upper Rogue in March. We fished Intruders and T-14 on Skagits and were not disappointed. Except that we got skunked. The rods, for their part, performed brilliantly.

Features...

Switch Rods have come about as an answer to those anglers looking for a rod that can fulfill several functional niches at once. While at Leland we use switches primarily for swinging flies on small and mid-size steelhead rivers, we've also used them for two-hand overhead casting in the surf and nymphing for both trout and steelhead.

Fit and Finish...

These light, fast, super strong blanks are fitted with premium two hand grips and fully machine clear anodized reel seats. Chrome plated light wire snakes and stripping guides are secured to the blank with clear thread wraps. Inside the powder green rod tube, you'll find an all-cotton black rod sock to cradle each rod section. Overall, these rods look as great as they cast.

Reliability and Durability...

Having been one of the premiere rodmaking houses in the world for a few decades now, Sage needs no introduction. Series after series have proved their mettle, and Sage has always stood behind their product in the event of accidental breakage.


Overall Rating...

PROS- An immensely versatile and high-performing series of rods, especially the 7 weight TCX Switch Rod. Every model has an even flex from tip to butt, ideal for two handed casting. Most anglers will find them more generous and responsive than the TCX Single Hand Rods.

CONS- At over eight hundred dollars each, these rods are only available to anglers who are sure they know what they want.

BOTTOM LINE- Another incredible fishing tool from Sage, sure to open up new opportunities for successful fishing, and all the fun that entails.


Check out the best Sage Switch Rod.

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