Steelhead Nymph Fishing Fly Rod:
British Columbia Drift Steelhead Nymph Fly Rod:Single digit temperatures and frosty fingers will make for a longer
than usual rigging session. You tie on a big rubber legs and a dime
sized glo bug under an indicator because you like to actually catch
Steelhead. A big roll cast followed by a mend gets your indicator
drifting down the bubble line. Just as you whisper to yourself “foam is
home” your indicator dives toward the bottom. A strong hook set and the
fight is on!
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 10 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!
Steelhead Spey Rod:
first rains of the year have just come and gone. You rally a few
friends to hop in the truck and head to your favorite run. You arrive at
the run just as the sun is making its first appearance. Waders are put
on and rods are rigged. You pass around the flask ceremoniously before
you step into the water. Your first cast feels good and the second even
better. The flow of the spey cast and the beauty of your surroundings
inspire you to yell to your buddies “What a great day to be alive boys!”
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.
There's no doubt that when chasing the fish of a thousand casts, a
balanced and efficient outfit is a requirement for all day casting
enjoyment. The truth is, you can still play the game with a
single-handed fly fishing outfit. However, there's no denying a
two-handed outfit is far more enjoyable to cast.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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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• 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 orsport water skis on a powder day, so don't settle for atrout rod if it's bass you're after. Sage understands the importanceof designing fly rods suited for specific applications, and their newBass II is the epitome of a specialized fly rod that deliversspectacular results.
Purpose-built for the demandingconditions unique to fly fishing for bass and other warmwaterspecies, the Sage Bass II doesn't just continue the legacy of Sage'soriginal Bass series, it rewrites what's possible in thequest for bigger bugs and badder fish. TheSage Bass II is lighter and stronger than its predecessor, deliveringa faster action and higher line speed for tighter loops, easier linepickup, and maximum efficiency.
New for 2011, the reigning king ofSage'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 a7'11” package, engineered to take on the biggest bass and warmwater monsters with supreme efficiency. P.I.M.P. out your flyrod arsenal with the star of the Sage Bass II series, designed to bethe ultimate tool for Peacock, Musky andPike. Capable of casting giants flies with dead ondelivery, the Sage Bass II Peacock Fly Rod can quickly turn over eventhe most stubborn of catches. This makes the Sage Bass II Peacock theideal fly rod for tying into tarpon and snook deep within themangroves, clocking in at under eight feet to keep you in control ofthe fight when fish get down into the structure where other fly rodssimply cannot perform. In addition to improving your capacity to castaccurately and fight hard, the ultra lightweight design of the SageBass II Peacock alleviates the fatigue that accompanies usinglengthy, heavy fly rods to hook hefty fish. That means you can fishlonger and fish more effectively, especially in tight quarters.
Great rods made even better: Theother three models of the Sage's signature Bass II series have beenredesigned to offer higher line speed and greater lifting power. TheBass II Bluegill, Smallmouth and Largemouth are aptly named and finely tuned to excel acrossthe board in warm water fishing environments. No matter theconditions or density of cover, Sage Bass IIs are capable ofcatapulting wind resistant flies to the farthest reaches of yourfavorite waters and pulling out bruisers with ease. From panfishto stripers, largemouths to wipers, Sage Bass II Fly Rods areexceptionally lightweight with uncompromising strength. And whiletheir applications might be varied to satisfy individual tastes, allof the Sage Bass II models share the same core principle: maximumleverage for optimal efficiency. At 7'11”, the Sage Bass IIfly rods aren't just tournament-ready for the few and fearless flycompetitors, they're fly rods built for every angler who wants tohone their bass game.
Combine this cutting edge engineeringwith a fly line that's tailor-made to max out each rod's potential,and you have a supremely balanced instrument that offers anunprecedented blend of finesse and brute strength. The fly lineis the driving force behind a successful rod outfit, and each modelin the Sage Bass II comes with a heavy-duty line (ranging from 230grains to a whopping 390 grains). And when you do tie into a hardhitting behemoth, the Sage Bass II's enormously powerful butt sectionallows you to turn over fish quickly and pull them from the cover.It's this interplay between the rod action, the fine-tuned linetaper, and Sage's superior graphite III material that makes the BassII fly rod spectacularly fun.
Stellar performance aside, itdoesn't hurt to have a fly rod that looks good. The Sage Bass IIfeatures a new high-contrastcolorway to match their high-octane power, with a radiant TreeFrog Green shaft and rust, gold and black thread wraps. Top it offwith a saltwater safe, red anodized reel seat for a finish that's ascrisp as the action of the rod. But don't let the polished exteriormislead you, Sage Bass II Fly Rods are fiercely capable of handling alifetime of hard fishing and tough love.
The evidence of Sage's hard work shinesin every cast, and the Bass IIs are exceptionally crafted to suityour big bass addiction. If you'reat home in the mangroves or marsh, if you love hucking flies in thedelta and ripping lunkers from cover, the Sage Bass II is exactlywhat you've been waiting for. Sage pioneered a new way ofthinking about fly fishing for warm water species with their firstgeneration of the Bass Fly Rod series, and they've managed once againto redefine what's possible in crafting predator fly rods forpredator fish.
Sage Bass II Largemouth Fly RodWeight: 3 9/16ozLine Size: 330gr
The SageBass II Fly Rods come with their respective matching floating fly lines anda light green, nylon covered, padded carrying case with room for anattached reel and zippered compartments for accessories. A nice, compactpackage
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