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Leland Reel Co. Sonoma Trout Fly Reel
The reel we pair with the Sonoma Rod in our educational packages: fully machined and anodized, with click-pawl drag technology.
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detdesc::Fly reels have been built with click-pawl drag mechanisms since the earliest days of trout fishing because it is a maintenance-free, proven design. In the spirit of helping those anglers who are new to the sport connect with its history, we offer the Leland Sonoma Trout Fly Reel. A no nonsense fly fishing reel designed to hold 4-6 weight fly lines. It's fully machined from solid aluminum to provide years of service. The drag tension is tight enough to keep the line from over-running while stripping of line for casting. The exposed palming ring on the spool makes fighting fish easy. No drag to overtighten or loosen when you're new to the sport. If you require a harder drag consider our Leland Classic Trout 5/6 which features an adjustable click and pawl drag system.

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    What's in a name? When we started Leland Reel Company and began designing our fly reels, we had a focused concept: to make fly reels "classic" again. We wanted to bring back the great days of fly fishing, when life was more carefree, less technical and simply enjoyable. We wanted to offer a fly reel that looked like the ones we dreamed about owning when we were younger - reels that spoke, visually, to the heritage of our sport. We wanted to create fly reels that were elemental in design yet relevant functionally, with contemporary materials and performance. At Leland Reel Company, we have almost three decades of retail customer interaction. We've listened to our customers and we've learned a thing or two. We know that our customers are losing confidence in their fly tackle purchases. They're uncertain if they really need all the perceived features of the latest and greatest fly reels, and they fear that their new fly reel will be replaced next season with something "better" that offers even more quantified performance. At Leland Reel Company, we're moving away from this, designing great fishing reels that work as intended and that will pass the test of time, not only on the stream but on the shelf, too. So come join us at Leland Reel Company, as we celebrate the sport of fly fishing.
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    The Fly Shop at Leland Ranch
    The Fly Shop at Leland Ranch...a unique 
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    Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters
    We're passionate about fly fishing and our customers.

    We're available to answer questions on products, orders, manufacturers, and fly fishing any time between:
    9:00am and 5:00pm PST Monday-Friday.

    Phone: (415) 781-3474 Toll Free: (866) 672-1959

    Sonoma Ranch Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm PST

    24120 Arnold Drive / Hwy 121
    Sonoma, CA 95476
    e-mail: info@FlyFishingOutfitters.com

    If you're finally ready for fly fishing solutions born from thirty years in the fly fishing business, it's time to visit the Fly Shop at Leland Ranch.

    Whether you're new to fly fishing or a seasoned angler, this great sport can be a bit overwhelming with all the brands, series and models of tackle available today...each claiming to be the best. Truth is, even we at Leland felt overloaded with all the choices. That's exactly why we got rid of them and kept only the solutions that are worthy of your consideration.

    We have a balanced, efficient fly fishing outfit for every type of fly fishing situation you might encounter. From panfish to billfish, we'll put the right solution in your hands so you can arrive anywhere in the world completely confident that your fly tackle won't let you down. If it's fly fishing for trout, we're ready for you. Saltwater flats...no problem. Steelhead...yup. We make it easy for you.

    featdesc::Call us a throw back to the good old days, when fly shops carried only the best. Today, the world moves at a faster pace. Who has the time research and attempt to test all the fly fishing tackle options? Well, we do...and we did. We've done the heavy lifting for you...keeping only the best. Nothing makes us happier than assisting you with fly fishing tackle solutions that make your time on the water that much better.

    This doesn't mean we only kept the most expensive solutions. We pride ourselves on the ability to service all our guests with the same responsible approach at all prices. Whether you're just learning, we've got the right gear. If you're a youth fly angler, we've got the right gear for you. Maybe you just love to backpack into the mountains for a soulful trout trip. We've got the right gear for that, too.

    But, gear alone doesn't make for an exceptional fly fishing experience. For this you need confidence and our principle-based approach to education won't leave you wanting. Over our many years, we've honed our instructional technique, making learning easier and more enjoyable for you. No lengthy classes, syllabuses or quizzes that bring on that “test anxiety” feeling. We promise, your experience with us will be refreshing and enjoyable...just like fly fishing should be.

    Our thoughtful approach to fly fishing means we'll take care of you, your needs, your wants and your wishes. The way we see it, it's our job to put you in that magical fly fishing picture that lies deep in your mind and to do this right, you simply need to visit the Fly Shop at Leland Ranch. We look forward to your visit and to the many memorable fly fishing experiences that await you.

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    Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Fly Fishing Rod Review
    Arguably one of the best all-around two-handers that Sage has ever built. If you can only have one two-handed fly rod this is it, from summer to winter steelhead...this rod can do it all. Read more!
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    Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Fly Fishing Rod Review


    Specifications

    • Line Size: 7

    • Rod Length: 13' 6”

    • Sections: 4

    • Weight: 7 1/8 oz.

    • Handles: Premium Portuguese Cork - Two Handed

    • Reel Seat: Uplocking Black Aluminum

    • Tube Size: 44 ½”

    • Action: Fast and Smooth

    • Price: $800





    What’s the word . . .



    Being one of Sage’s top dealers, I was able to borrow one of Jerry
    Siem’s new Z-Axis Spey rods before it was unveiled at the Fly Fishing
    Retailer. For my trip to the North Umpqua, the choice was easy; the Sage
    Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Rod. This was over a year ago and the trip was
    magical. The history, the scenery and catching steelhead on dries
    overwhelmed my senses. This year I was lucky enough to return to the
    Umpqua. This time, I brought my own Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey Rod . . .
    and it was the only rod I brought.



    People who know me and my love of gear have never seen me show up for a trip, no matter what the destination, with less
    than half a dozen rods. In fact, I am constantly made fun of for having
    “too much gear to fit in the car.” This Z-Axis Spey rod has stopped my
    quest to find the perfect rod for every situation, for every pool and
    every fly line. The Sage Z-Axis 7136-4 Spey rod is that ‘perfect rod’
    for me. I expect it to be the only rod I use on my next trip to British
    Columbia, too. Keep in mind, I do not say this lightly. . . in fact, it
    hurts the total gear-head in me to think I may not have a full quiver of
    rods with me on my next steelhead trip. Maybe I’ll just have three
    7136-4 Z-Axis rods rigged and ready to fish . . . one with a floating
    line, one with a type three sink tip and one with 10 feet of T-14?





    Features. . .



    The Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rod is rated for a 7 weight spey fly line.
    This can be confusing because a 7 weight Spey line doesn’t weigh the 185
    grains that a single handed 7 weight fly line does. In fact, the
    perfect line for this rod is the Rio Skagit Shooting Head for
    interchangeable tips, which weighs 450 grains, that is, before the
    addition of a 140 grain tip. So this ‘seven weight’ rod balances with a
    line closer to 600 grains than the 7 weight designation might indicate.
    Despite the rumors, fly fishers don’t make it confusing just for fun. It
    is my observation (I may be tarred and feathered for saying this) that
    this Spey ‘thing’ is relatively new for most of us, and those designing
    and manufacturing the gear are just starting to figure some of it out.
    We at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters take it to be our mission to educate
    ourselves, and you, on how to wade through this confusion so you can
    just enjoy the fishing!



    This amazingly efficient rod casts floating heads, sinking tips, extreme
    sink tips, heavy flies, and dry flies, all with effortless precision
    that I have not experienced before. The 13’6” length, weighing in at
    only 7 1/8 oz., gives you the length you need to precisely control your
    swing without tiring. The rod breaks down into four pieces, is protected
    by a cloth rod sock and fits into an aluminum rod tube 44 ½ inches in
    length, allowing you to fit it safely in most overhead compartments. This
    insures the rod will make it safely to British Columbia, Alaska, Russia
    or the Great Lakes. The 21” cork handle provides enough room to
    accommodate any style grip. The 7136-4 comes with an uplocking
    saltwater-safe black aluminum reel seat that resists corrosion when
    you’re fishing the tidewater on the Dean. The fast, smooth action of
    this rod generates line speeds I have never before experienced in any
    spey rod, which translates directly into accurate, precise and easy
    fishing. What a rod!





    Action. . . .



    The first impression when I opened the tube is that the rod blank was
    thinner than a traditionally-built 13’6” rod. As I put the rod sections
    together, my observation turned into the physical conclusion that this
    rod was light! I wiggled the rod and it did indeed feel light in the
    hand, and fast! (Wiggling rods is a fantastic pass time, and is done the
    world over in fly shops. This is a poor way to determine a rod’s
    action, but until every shop has a river running through it, we are left
    to wiggle.) I strung up the recommended 450 Grain Rio Skagit line, with
    a floating tip, and started to fish the North Umpqua. This is really
    the only way to determine a rod’s action. If a rod Only feels good in
    the store, it should stay there. After numerous casts, I could confirm
    that this rod was “fast”; not in the tainted meaning of the word, which
    means “stiff”. “Fast”, as in the awesome meaning that it transferred a
    magical amount of energy to the fly line and created loops with
    tremendous line speed. Line speed in this situation means easy casting
    and accuracy!! The last attribute that I look for in a rod is tracking.
    Does the tip follow the butt of the rod and, therefore, the casting
    stroke? If it does, you get accurate loops and a versatile rod that
    accommodates many types of casting styles. This rod has a thin blank for
    low windless drag, is lightweight for tireless fishing, generates amazing
    line speed, tracks like it’s on rails, and handles all types of lines,
    flies and all my different casting styles. Jerry Siem, the rod designer
    at Sage, has built into this rod the potential for it to be a seamless
    part of your fishing; where you no longer feel the rod as a fly fishing
    rod, but, as an extension of yourself to land your fly exactly as you
    pictured it.





    Materials. . .



    The Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis is built with the Generation 5 Technology
    process, a significantly different and improved method used in building
    rod blanks. Instead of a typical fiberglass “scrim” or mesh that is
    rolled around the steel mandrel to bind the longitudinal graphite fibers
    together, the Z-Axis Series has this scrim replaced by a lighter layer
    of graphite cloth. This cloth is rolled at a 90º angle to the
    longitudinal power fibers, resulting in a rod with greater “hoop”
    strength, more power, a thinner wall and less weight. A more efficient
    rod with less weight?! Sage wins this one!





    Fit and Finish. . . 



    The Z-Axis rods are also attractive, with a rich, olive green blank and
    contrasting brown thread wraps over English Hopkins and Holloway guides
    and tip top. The finish over the wraps is a medium build and has very
    professional, near flawless appearance as you would expect. The reel
    seat is a black aluminum, giving the rod a solid look. The handle is top
    quality Portuguese cork which is a beautiful tan and natural to the
    touch. It’s all organized in a custom tan rod sock and fits into a
    handsome aluminum brown Sage rod tube. Sage’s fit and finish is equal to
    their reputation of making the finest fly fishing rods in the world.





    Reliability and Durability. . .



    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). 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 already been proven over several years within the
    existing Sage line of tough Xi2 Salt Water rods, and one might assume
    this durability will carry over to the Z-Axis line, as well. Time will
    tell, but I have no concerns in this department.





    Company Profile and Customer Support. . .



    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 Z-Axis 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, plus a $40
    handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U. S.
    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 currently about 2 to
    2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks in
    the winter.





    Overall Rating. . . 



    Scott Howell is one of the finest guides I have ever fished with. His
    passion for steelhead fishing is only rivaled by his intensity for
    having his clients catch
    one on a dry fly. He was one of the pioneers of Skagit-style spey lines
    and was perfecting his cast before most of us knew what Spey fishing
    was. His belief is that this rod has put Sage back in front in spey fly
    fishing.



    “There were, until now, independent boutique manufactures that
    produced better rods. The Sage Z-Axis Spey Series and, specifically, the
    7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rod changed all that.”




    I feel them same way. After fishing this rod for a full year, I can say
    that this beautiful spey rod has halted my search for different rods for
    specific situations. On a trip last year, I brought six rods to fish.
    This year, I brought only two; both 7136-4 Z-Axis Spey rods, one for me,
    and one for my fishing buddy, Thys. These were the only rods we used
    all weekend and we never felt under or over-gunned. This has never
    happened to me before. I’m sold, and I have a lot of boutique Spey rods
    that are going to very lonely in the closet.





    Reviewer. . .



    I’m the owner of Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters by no mistake. I’m,
    admittedly, a gear head, and there is nothing better each day than to be
    surrounded by fly fishing equipment. I personally have 50+ fly rods,
    maybe twice as many reels, 12 cameras, 8 guitars (I can barely play),
    1,800 bottles of wine (I barely drink), and four boats. I love the
    stuff. I enjoy spending hours trying figuring out what rod matches best
    with what line, leader, and fly on a specific river, in variable
    conditions. I keep hundreds of lists, and on most trips will be greeted
    by groans from the guides on the number of rods I have brought that day
    to test. I was introduced to Spey casting about ten year ago, and it
    resonated deeply with my love of steelhead fishing. There is nothing I
    would rather do than to work a run in the cold autumn of a British
    Columbia morning with a Two-Handed Rod. Spey rods and spey lines make up
    the focus of many of my current lists. I hope my above review was as
    helpful to you as it was fun for me to test the gear and write about it.
    Please, if you have any questions, call the shop, as I would much
    rather be talking about steelheading than doing the paperwork I find
    myself confronted with more and more as a store owner!



    Tight Lines – Josh Leland Frazier





    PROS    This is the one steelhead spey rod I’ll bring on my next
    trip, regardless of where it is. . . B. C., the Pacific Northwest, Idaho
    or the Great Lakes. It does it all!



    CONS    Being a gear head, I’ve been used to having a few rods with me. This limits my need for a quiver.



    BOTTOM LINE    Light, powerful, and strong; I don’t think I’ve
    ever said this before, “This rod is a ‘must-have’ for every steelhead
    fisherman.”

    Sage no longer makes this fine rod. Click here to view Sage's latest work, the Sage ONE 7126-4 Spey Rod. She's a doll!

    Click here to see Sage's best steelhead Spey outfit.

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    We're passionate about fly fishing and our customers.

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    The Galvan Torque represents the culmination of the very best in modern fly reel design, all at a mid-level price. These reels have a large arbor design, with its proven advantages, and are impeccably machined from solid bar stock.

    The strikingly attractive appearance of the Torque Fly Fishing Reel is a result of the unique cutouts on the frame, spool and drag knob that significantly reduce weight, while maintaining strength and rigidity. The rounded rims on both spool and frame better withstand impact for enhanced durability and the smooth and reliable thermoplastic and stainless steel disc drag never requires lubrication. There are no ball bearings; a trouble free, self lubricating HPV plastic bushing allows the spool near-frictionless rotation. In this case, less is more. Fully anodized to protect from corrosion, the Galvan Torque is available in seven sizes, and is equally at home as a freshwater companion for your favorite trout rod or as a sleek, ultra-light addition to your modern big game saltwater stick.

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    • Large arbor design for quick line retrieve, improved drag continuity, and less line coil
    • Precision machined from 6061 Aluminum bar stock
    • Unique cutouts on spool, frame and drag knob for lightweight and a distinctive, attractive appearance
    • Rounded rims on spool and frame for improved impact resistance
    • Low maintenance thermoplastic-stainless steel disc drag
    • Large, easily adjustable drag knob détented for precise settings
    • Trouble free, self lubricating HPV plastic bushing
    • Anodized for superior corrosion resistance - saltwater safe
    • Easy, push button spool removal
    • Contoured counterbalance on spool for ultra-smooth rotation
    • Light click in and out
    • Easily convertible from left to right hand wind
    • Available in 7 sizes, for 3 to 12 weight rods
    • Standard colors are Bronze or Black
    • Limited lifetime warranty

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    This is a spool. Just a spool folks, not a fly reel...a spool.
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    This modern large arbor fly-fishing reel will deliver all the features you could desire for your 4 or 5 weight trout fishing; an ultra-smooth drag that never needs maintenance and a beautiful, yet functional appearance. This is one of the best trout reels at any price, and you'll love the way it looks on your favorite rod.
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    • Line weight + Yards of Dacron backing: 4 + 100 20#, 5 + 80 20#
    Leland on Galvan Reels These days it's rare when you call a company and you get a human on the other end of the line, let alone the owner; Galvan Fly Reels is an exception to this rule. Galvan has been making quality reels since 1994, and in that time they have made quite a name for themselves. Over the years, Galvan has developed a cult-like following, and it's no wonder why. When it comes to a high quality reel at a price that's easy to swallow, Galvan is your reel. Galvan Fly Reels is located in Sonora California (right in the heart of great fishing country). The company is still run by it's founder Bonifacio Galvan and his wife Carmen. It is a true family business, currently all four Galvan children work with Mom and Dad. Moreover, their customer service is among the best in the business. All Galvan reels are machined, from 6061 bar stock aluminum, at their shop in Sonora. The reels feature a fully ventilated one-sided frame, and a two-sided ported spool, the combination of which results in an extremely durable yet lightweight reel. Besides the sturdy construction, Galvan reels are extremely durable and lightweight. They are also very easy to use. The spool release is literally as easy as pushing a button, and a large drag knob makes on the water adjustments a breeze. All Galvan reels have a drag system that features a drag made of an Ertalyte TX disc that is self-lubricating as well as stainless plates that are supported by stainless steel bearings. All Galvan reels have a lifetime warranty on parts and workmanship (provided the reel was bought from an authorized dealer).
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    Sage Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing Rods

    Specifications

    Line Weight ratings:

    Smallmouth:  290 grains (Smallmouth floating line included)
    Largemouth: 330 grains (Largemouth floating line included)

    Rod Length: 7’11”

    Sections: 4 pieces

    Rod Weights: Smallmouth: 3 1/2 ounces

                          Largemouth: 3 5/8 ounces

    Handle: Portuguese cork - full wells shaped grip

    Reel Seat: Matte black aluminum big game with double locking retainer

    Action: Very fast and very stiff
     



    What’s the word…


    Jerry Siem, head rod designing guru at Sage
    , was sitting in his office at the Sage factory on forested Bainbridge Island, WA.  His desk was surrounded by, literally, hundreds of fly rods leaning at precarious angles against walls and book cases. “Hmmm”,   I said to myself, “Just like my office at home, except he has more rods than me. A lot more!”  Out of the stack, Jerry plucked one of the shortest and brightest colored of the rods, and with a big smile, walked to the lily padded bass pond “test center” behind the factory building. “This is our latest project “, he said as he proceeded to tied on a huge deer hair popper.

    The “Latest Project” from Jerry and the folks at Sage turns out to be two very unusual, high performance Bass Fly Fishing Rods, aptly named the Smallmouth and the Largemouth. 

    At first glance, these two Bass Fly rods appear to be small-stream trout rods because they’re just 7’11” in length. But believe me, the similarities end there! These specialized rods conform to Bass Tournament rules that limit allowable rod lengths to 8 feet and under. Traditionally, the understanding is that Pro Bass circuits have rejected fly gear as being “too dangerous”, but my guess is there is some conventional tackle industry bias (i.e. $$$) there as well. A careful reading of the rules finds that some tournaments allow fly rods, where others do not. Regardless, one could imagine the efficacy a fly rodder might have on the deck of a bass boat, where a pick-up and lay-down would eliminate the extra time required to reel in between casts as with conventional gear.

    But whether you fish tournaments or not, The Sage Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass rods have a lot more going for them than just their compact size. These rods are specifically designed to do two things better than any other fly rod;1) accurately cast very big, wind resistant flies, and 2) allow maximum leverage to fight fish and pull big fish from cover.  So what makes these rods capable of this performance?

    Most anglers typically select a nine foot, six or seven weight line and rod for smallmouth bass fishing, casting, (on average), size 4 to 12 flies for one to five pound fish, and an eight or nine weight line weight rod for largemouth bass,  throwing flies sizes 4/0 to 6, for two to eight pound fish.  The new Sage Bass rods, in stark contrast, cast much heavier lines. The Sage Largemouth Bass Fly Rod is rated for 330 grains, which is the average heft for an 11 weight line and the Smallmouth is rated for 290 grains, which is at the high end of the weight range for a10 weight line!  Yet, these little outfits feel like you’re only casting light seven weights, as you’ll read shortly! The two rods are extremely fast in action and very stiff and powerful to cast these big lines. In fact, to ensure proper loading, Sage has included a specially designed, matched, grain weight specific floating line with each of their new Bass rods.

     

    Action and Features


    I’ve cast a lot of different fly rods over the last thirty years
    , but owing to their unusual nature, I felt like I was in new territory as I rigged the Smallmouth and Largemouth outfits with six foot, 20 lb. tippet leaders and big, 3/0 hair bugs at my local bass pond.  I tentatively hauled the 25 feet of line from the water and aimed at a spot 10 feet to the left. I guess I expected the leader to partially collapse on the water, with the bug to follow, because that’s what always happens with flies of this size. Not this time. I watched the tippet arc over in a tight curve and the bug WHAP! into the water with a couple of waves pulsing out. Wow! These rods cast big bugs with crisp authority, and I mean CRISP! A short roll cast to put it in the air in front of you, one quick back cast to load, then shoot.  The Smallmouth and Largemouth Fly Lines are massive, short belly (33 ft.), bullet tapers designed to do exactly that: load the rod with a single backcast and store enough energy to turn over almost any leader and fly. The fly lines have fairly large diameter running lines for improved  handling when fighting fish. The super fast, very stiff Sage Bass Rods respond remarkably well to this mass.  An unexpected advantage  of the rod’s stiff tip was apparent when retrieving flies; line strips are more definitive for a bigger “pop” on your surface flies and sub-surface flies swim more realistically. Beginners, who usually find casting bulky flies the most troublesome, will ease their problems with these outfits and a more experienced fly caster, with a reasonable double haul, will make these rods get up and dance.

    The Smallmouth and Largemouth Fly Rods derive their strength and power from Sage 3e graphite technology; a reliable combination of high modulus graphite and fiberglass scrim used in the highly successful Sage XP and RPL series. This combination of materials has proven to provide  superior hoop strength and impact resistance to fly rod shafts .  And the best part is the price; the Smallmouth and Largemouth rods, complete with a custom fly line and case sell for a reasonable $350. One other fly rod  that I’m aware of  that fits into this category is the Scott Backcountry. It’s a 3-piece, 7’7” graphite rod, 3.7 ounces, rated for a 9 weight line and sells for $625. It’s worth checking out as well.

    I do a lot of float tubing for bass, and while most float tubers choose longer rods for distance and to raise their backcast, I find most of my bass fishing to be around overhanging cover with casts of twenty five feet or less. To get a fly back in under cover usually requires sidearm casting to keep your loop very low and parallel with the water’s surface. Long rods that are accurate in the vertical are very poor for this task, where shorter rods excel. With a little practice, I found both the Smallmouth and Largemouth to be extremely accurate, particularly when casting out of the vertical plane around structure.  These little rods would be very maneuverable in the heavy cover one might find in the rainforest, cedar swamp, or mangroves as well as the confined space of a kayak or canoe. The extreme mass of the line and stiffness of the rod gives you great authority to direct and power your fly in, under and around thick cover. If you get hung up, (and you’re using a twenty pound tippet) this rod will pull the fly off of leaves or twigs, if it’s going to come at all! The rods will fit conveniently in a small boat, rather than being dangerously exposed over a gunwale, and will get fish closer to the boat more easily for landing.

    Fly rods, like all fishing rods, serve two elementary purposes. They cast, to place your fly in position for a chance at a strike, and that being successful, they fight fish. The second element, striking and fish fighting, is where nine foot fly rods, and, in fact, almost all fly rods fall short. Although long rods displace line more quickly on the strike, their limber nature has more difficulty generating enough power to drive a large hook into bone or exerting enough pressure to pull or turn fish quickly from cover.  Try dragging a six pound largemouth out from under half a foot of weed with your nine foot, eight weight.  Not likely! I probably lose nineteen fish for every one that I land in a situation like this. I would guess that these little Sage rods, as short, powerful levers, should prove to be among the best fish fighting fly rods on the market.

    Although these fly rods and respective lines are named “Smallmouth” and “Largemouth”, Sage suggests that their myriad potential applications in both freshwater AND saltwater would better have us view them as “Light Duty” and “Heavy Duty”. The light duty Smallmouth will serve for Smallies, White Bass, Sea Trout and Largemouth, as well, for all but the largest of flies. The heavy duty Largemouth will rock throwing big bugs for Largemouth, Peacock, Pike, and Musky and in the back country mangroves for Snook, Redfish and Tarpon. The Largemouth should be quite capable of beating fish over twenty pounds and in very experienced hands, probably over forty or fifty pounds. Overall, these rods are a lot of fun to cast and fish with, and bestow a feeling of power and control in a small, relatively lightweight package.

     

             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

     

     

    Fit and Finish


    The sanded shafts of the Sage Bass Fly Rods are sunset gold
    with rust thread wraps, which appear red when wrapped over the blank. The ferrules and handle front are additionally trimmed with a few wraps each of black and gold. This color combination, from a distance, reminds me of a classic bamboo fly rod.  The English Hopkins and Holloway snake guides, tip top and the two stripping guides are robust and oversized to accommodate the massive, large diameter fly line. The two strippers have hardaloy ceramic insert rings that are actually encased in bands of brazed metal, as opposed to being glued in place.  A nice touch if a mangrove, cedar, or boat rail gets whacked by mistake. The high quality, Portuguese cork grip is a full wells profile for power casting, but is a ½ inch shorter and slimmer than the standard Sage grip. This smaller grip is very comfortable and well suited to these shorter rods. The reel seat is what you might find on saltwater big game fly rods; matte black, heavy duty up-locking aluminum with double retainers. Sage, like most quality rod makers, has several layers of inspection before their rods leave the factory, so one would expect a near-flawless fit and finish. The Sage Bass 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.

     

    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 Smallmouth and Largemouth fly rods have 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, plus a $40 handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U. S.  International owners are charged the actual shipping and insurance fees. 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 currently about 2 to 2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks in the winter.

     

    Overall Rating. . .


    The Sage Bass Fly Rods are admirably suited
    to fulfilling a performance category not clearly addressed in the past. These rods weigh 40% less than their big saltwater brethren, yet are capable of lifting and casting very large, heavy and wind resistant flies with impressive authority and accuracy.  These rods will “swim” or “pop” flies better than longer rods, and should be more effective at positive hook sets.  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.  By mating the rods and lines as a package, Sage has taken the guesswork out of line selection for the angler and potentially avoided the disappointment a mismatched outfit would bring.

    The Largemouth and Smallmouth rods are constructed with proven graphite technology and heavy duty components that should withstand the abuse one would expect from duking it out in close quarters with bass, tarpon and snook. Although these rods aren’t for everyone, and I don’t know if the Pro Bass circuit will lose its fear of fly rods anytime soon, I think any serious bass, mangrove, canoe or kayak fly angler would find one of these rods indispensable once he or she has used one. I have to believe the Sage Largemouth will quickly become the “go to“ rod for anyone contemplating fishing for Peacock Bass in the thick of the Amazon rain forest.


    PROS- Powerful, compact, lightweight, durably constructed rocket ships for shorter, accurate casts with big flies in and around structure.  Incredible fish fighting tools for pulling big fish out of heavy cover. Comes with a custom, matching fly line for $350.  Limited lifetime warranty.

    CONS- At 7’11” in length, not as effective for casting at distance, extensive false casting, or mending line in moving water as longer rods.  Definitely not the rods for fishing with light leaders.

    BOTTOM LINE- A unique pair of specialized fly rods that can do what others can’t; deliver big flies and fight strong fish in close quarters with less effort. A must for float tubing and boating bassers (including peacock bass), kayakers, and mangrove fishermen.

    Click here to check out the ultimate Bass Outfit from Sage.

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    Winston: Boron II-MX 1090-4


     

    Specifications


    • Line Size: 10 
    • Rod Length: 9’0” 
    • Section: 4 
    • Weight: 4 1/4 oz 
    • Handle: Full Wells, Saltwater grip 
    • Reel Seat: Nickel Anodized Aluminum 
    • Action: Fast 
    • Retail Price: $675.00

     


    What’s the word…


     

    Winston has always been known for its sweet, smooth casting
    bamboo and trout fly rods. But a few years back, Winston introduced the
    Boron II-X fly rod series, a fast action rod
    that broke out of the typical Winston genre. After owning several of
    those fly rods, I thought, “Now if Winston could just add a little more
    power and a little more speed, they’d have one darn fine saltwater fly
    rod”. Low and behold, the Fall of 2007 brought the Boron II-MX series.
    Was I a mind reader? No, it was just Winston’s time to shine. They’ve
    broken their mold, and entered into the saltwater, big game arena with
    the Boron II-MX rods.



    Does a fly rod manufacturer of trout fame have any business
    making powerful big game fly rods? When they’ve developed the use of a
    material as strong as boron, why not? The Boron II-MX is the third
    Winston fly rod series to use the Boron II and, in my opinion, is the
    best. But then again, I love saltwater fly fishing. I decided I’d give
    the 10 weight 9-footer a go while recently tarpon fishing in the Keys.
    One word; IMPRESSIVE.


    Action…


     

    When you first pick up the Winston Boron II-MX 1090-4, you have
    to be impressed. Doing the “shop wiggle” tells you this isn’t the same
    old Winston; it feels quick and powerful. Light in hand, fast off the
    tip, but then again, not too fast; the Winston Boron II-MX still has
    that special feel of a Winston. When I put a line on the rod, it came to
    life in my hand. They call it transference of energy; I call it feel or
    touch. As I increased line distance, the strength of this rod came
    through. It felt like it took the same amount of energy to cast a fly
    line70 feet as it did at 30 feet. Somehow, Winston was able to build a
    fly rod that has the strength to battle winds, big fish, to carry large
    amounts of line while providing one that loads quickly enough for
    short-range casts. To put it simply, the Boron II-MX has the best of
    both worlds; power with “load-ability”.



    Big game fly rods need to be powerful throughout their entire
    length for fish fighting ability. They also need to load quickly for
    short casting conditions. This became very apparent after a week in the
    Keys mired under cloud cover. It’s amazing how camouflaged a dozen
    100+lbs fish can be when covered with shadows. I found after casting
    this rod over several days at many pods of tarpon, the 1090-4 Boron
    II-MX provided the strength to maintain all the line I dared to up in
    the air, and generated the line speed for the tight loops needed to turn
    over a 6 foot butt section, 4 foot leader and a 1/0 toad fly into 15
    knot wind. And after hooking and landing several fish in the 80 lbs
    class, I found the 1090-4 Boron II-MX provided me everything I needed
    for tarpon fishing.


    Material…


     

    After several failed attempts at using boron for increasing rod
    action and strength, Winston has found the right combination of
    placement to give you a fly rod that is destine to be one of the great
    saltwater/big game fly rod series. Gone is the floppy tip and
    mid-section of the BL5 and gone is telephone pole stiffness of the XTR.
    Enter another great fly rod in the modern era of lightweight, powerful
    fly rods.



    At a weight of 4 ¼ ounces, the Boron II-MX is significantly lighter than
    the old XTR, which weighed in at 5 1/2 oz. But what is just as
    important is the increased action and feel that the Boron II-MX rods
    have over the beastly XTR and floppy BL5.


    Fit and Finish…


     

    No fly rod manufacturer builds a more beautiful fly rod than R.L.
    Winston, period. Their soft green, sanded blanks are accented with
    handwritten model and serial numbers and each section has the serial
    number hand written at the ferrule. The matching green wrapping is
    perfection and almost disappears under the flawless epoxy job. The
    slightly smaller than average grip is of handspun Portuguese cork and
    sits easily in most hands. Winston has always known how to bring out the
    best of fly rod with just the right type of reel seats and the dull
    finished anodized aluminum reel seat adds the final touches to this
    great looking fly rod.


    • Boron II technology
    • Lightweight powerful big game fly rod
    • Fast action with smooth casting, whether 30-feet or 80-feet
    • Anodized aluminum reel seat
    • Aluminum tube with a rod sock
    • Original owner lifetime warranty

     


    Reliability and durability…


     

    Many years back, a fly rod company introduced a no-fault full
    replacement policy and the rest is history. In my humble opinion, this
    “no matter how you break it” full replacement warranty has done to two
    things, 1) developed angler complacency in how we treat our equipment
    and 2) made the manufacturers develop stronger, abuse taking fly rods.
    Modern fly rod materials can be as fragile as the fiberglass and cane of
    old, and at $600+ for one rod, it’s hard when it breaks. But we asked
    for smoother, lighter fly rods and the manufacturers responded. Be
    careful what you ask for! Enough of the rant, Winston’s path to
    lightness, smoothness, and strength was through the use of boron. Boron
    has always provided strength, but with the use of Boron II technology,
    Winston has been able to dramatically decrease the weight while
    maintaining strength. After pulling on several large tarpon, I found the
    1090-4 Boron II-MX had the power and strength needed to quickly subdue
    the fish and put an end to the fight. I never once felt concerned with
    breakage. Of course, I knew if I made a mistake and something did
    happen; there was the original owner full warranty to back me up!


    Customer Service…Company Profile


     

    Winston is a San Francisco tradition; Winston started here, and
    it grew and prospered here, so it has warm place in our hearts. The
    company has passed through the hands of some great fly rod builders and
    is now under the control of David Ondaatje, who intends to maintain the
    deep Winston tradition of providing phenomenal casting and fishing fly
    rods. Through the guise of David, the company has developed the use of
    Boron II that has taken Winston to the next level in rod design.



    Winston prides itself on the craftsmanship of each and every fly rod.
    This pride shows through in the high level of customer care and service
    they provide. From publishing contact info to providing individual
    factory tours, Winston lays it all on the table for everyone to see.
    They stand firmly behind each rod and will fix or replace any
    manufacturing defects. If that isn’t enough, Winston provides an
    original limited lifetime warranty. No matter how it breaks or dings,
    Winston will replace or repair you fly rod for shipping and handling
    costs. Because of the level of hand craftsmanship, Winston cannot
    guarantee a turnaround time, but they make every effort to get it done
    as quickly as possible.


    Overall Rating…


     

    As I previously stated, I am a fan of fast action fly rods and
    the 1090-4 Winston II-MX is one fine fast action rod! Winston entered
    the era with Boron II and the Boron II-MX takes them to next level in
    big game/saltwater fly rods. The newest member in the modern era of fast
    action, but responsive fly rods, the Boron II-MX provides all the
    strength and power needed for big flies, long or short casts and
    fighting large fish while giving you consistent feed back. Winston did
    not just come up with the initial design for responsiveness; they have
    put their touch, their Winston feel, to it!



    The 1090-4 Boron II-MX fly rod easily handled everything the Florida
    Keys and its migrating tarpon could throw at it. From winds in the 15
    knot range to cloud cover requiring short dinky casts to big (in my
    opinion) fish. It requires little energy to get the fly moving, the
    extra power is there for extra long casts and strength to quickly end
    the fight. Now, I’m not long distance casting champion or famous tarpon
    angler, but I have spent a lot of time in the saltwater arena and I know
    what works for me; the Winston Boron II-MX fly rod. I was so impressed
    with the 1090-4, I’ve ordered the 8-weight and 12-weight.


    Reviewer…




    I have been fly fishing the saltwater environs now for more than
    15years and grew up with a fishing rod of one type or another in my
    hands. I have been in the fly fishing industry for more than 10 years
    and have been lucky enough to be exposed to most of the major
    manufacturers of fly rods, reels, waders, clothing…I hope this review
    helps you decide on which products to purchase. -Burke White



    PROS – A true saltwater/big game fly rod by R.L. Winston. Easy to
    cast, powerful and good-looking! Boron II has given the MX power to
    battle wind and big fish. Original owner lifetime warranty.



    CONS – The smaller than average grip may not suit everyone. But
    it’s the Winston standard grip and it fits my hand well. At $675, this
    rod is a little pricy, but right in line with other top manufacturers.



    BOTTOM LINE – The Boron II-MX 1090-4 is a wonderfully casting,
    powerful fly rod that stands up to the rigors of saltwater fly fishing
    and big fish.

    Want the ultimate 10 weight fly rod? Check out the Loop Cross S1 1090-4 Fly Rod.

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    THE LATEST FROM SAGE - Z-AXIS FLY FISHING RODS

    Sage Z-Axis 590, 2 & 4 piece

    Specifications

    • Line Size: 5 

    • Rod Length: 9' 
    • Sections: 2 piece model or 4 piece model 
    • Weight: 3 3/16 oz. (2-piece) or 3 3/8 oz. (4-piece) 
    • Handle: Portuguese cork - Cigar shape 
    • Reel Seat: Nickel silver uplock with Rosewood spacer 
    • Action: Fast



    What’s the word. . .

     When I heard that the folks at Sage Fly Rods were replacing the most popular and successful line of fly rods ever produced, the XP Series, I was, well, sorta shocked! It’s not often a company with an enviable reputation such as Sage, arguably the world’s premier fly fishing rod manufacture, would abandon their proven top of the line product for an unknown quantity in our current competitive market place. In fact, I had just purchased a Sage XP 696 a year and a half ago as my primary nymphing rod, and thought I had found perfection.

    I’ve felt that we fly fishers have had access to some pretty good graphite rods for the last 15 years or more. As the manufacturers have learned from one another, claims of significant performance increases most often have proven to be small steps forward, if at all. That being said, I was more than a bit curious what I might find when I picked up the new Sage Z-Axis model 590. (A rod nine feet in length, rated for a 5 weight fly line is considered to be the bread and butter standard by most trout fishers).


    Features. . .

    The new Z-Axis 590-4 from Sage is a fast action nine foot, five-weight fly rod that incorporates the latest Generation 5 graphite technology. Coupled with a newly designed, computer enhanced taper, the result is a lightweight rocket with power and smoothness that sets a new standard. The rod casts comfortably and accurately at both short and very long distances and its forgiving nature makes it desirable for beginners and experts alike. The Z is outfitted with quality hardware; English Hopkins and Holloway guides and tip top, and a Strubel nickel silver reel seat with rosewood spacer. A cloth rod sock and protective aluminum tube are included, as well as a limited lifetime warranty. The Sage Z-Axis 590 is a beautifully finished piece of equipment that may arguably be the best all around performing trout rod ever built.


    Action. . .

     My first impression was “wow”, this rod feels very light. Noticeably light. Not only light in physical weight, but more importantly, light in “swing weight”. When a fly fishing rod is accelerated, and then decelerated to transfer energy to the fly line and form a casting loop, the greatest acceleration is progressively toward the rod tip. As a flexible lever in your hand, a fly fishing rod with proportionately less material toward the tip section feels lighter and requires less effort to cast, hour after hour. That’s assuming, of course, that the lighter tip can provide the same relative stiffness and power without sacrificing durability. And therein lies the dilemma of all rod designers; overbuild a rod to withstand almost any abuse and most would consider it heavy and clunky, underbuild a rod for lightweight performance and one may end up replacing or repairing an inordinate number of broken rods for unhappy customers.

    All that technical jargon aside, it’s the rod designer who is ultimately responsible for creating the tapers of a superior casting tool. Sage is fortunate to have a rod designer, Jerry Siem, who is a great caster as well, and it is this ability, along with some new computer software, that enables him to evaluate, refine, and tweak the individual rod models to ensure consistency across a given rod series. Rod companies with less talented engineers are relegated to designing by committee, a tricky process, at best.


    Materials. . .

    According to Sage specs, the Z-Axis 590 -4 piece weighs in at 3 3/8 ounces, compared to its 3 1/2 ounce predecessor, the 590 XP. With identical hardware, the weight difference between these rods is a seemingly mere 1/8 ounce.

    But the significance is 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 (hence the name “Z-Axis”) to the separate layer of longitudinal graphite rolled over it. The result is a rod with greater “hoop” strength with less weight.


    Fit and Finish. . . 

     The sanded blank of the Z-Axis is an olive green with gold thread wraps over English Hopkins and Holloway snake guides and a single stripping guide. No color preserver is used, so the wraps become semi-translucent when the finish is applied, resulting in a rich, uniform appearance. Ferrules and hook keeper are trimmed with a few wraps each of gold, black and rust thread for a nice, subtle accent. Handles are turned smoothly from the finest individual Portuguese cork rings and complimented with a sealed rosewood spacer and Strubel nickel silver uplocking reel seat. Due to several layers of inspection during the manufacturing process, the fit and finish of the Z-Axis is nearly flawless and what one should expect from a top of the line rod. The rod comes in a cloth sock with fold over tie down and a substantial, olive colored aluminum tube. Overall, a handsome rod, indeed.

    • Sage G5 technology graphite construction

    • Very light in hand

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

    • English Hopkins and Holloway guides and tip top

    • Nickel silver reel seat with rosewood spacer

    • Cloth sack and aluminum rod case

    • Limited lifetime warranty


    Reliability and Durability. . . 

    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). 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 already been proven within the existing Sage line of Xi2 Salt Water rods and one might assume this durability will carry over to the Z-Axis line as well.


    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 Z-Axis 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, plus a $40 handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U. S. 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 currently about 2 to 2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks in the winter.


    Overall Rating. . .

    The true revelation occurs in casting the Z-Axis rod. It’s powerful. Yet powerful in a way I hadn’t really experienced before. Most powerhouse rods in the past, that were able to generate the highest line speeds for casting in wind or for distance, have usually had a broomstick feel to them, requiring a short, compact technical stroke. They’ve been limited in their ability to cast comfortably at short to medium distances and not as effective at roll casting. Not great rods for beginner or even intermediate casters and, in general, not great all around fishing tools.

    Not so with the Z-Axis. With a short amount of line out, about 25 feet, the rod cast comfortably and crisply. As I extended my casts to 60 feet, and then, beyond 80 feet, I was struck not only with the rod’s reserve power, but how smoothly that power transferred to the tip of the rod, with seemingly little effort. The transition zone seemed wide and forgiving. The light tip tracked very accurately.

    In a nutshell, the Z-Axis is a fast action rod that is capable of developing tremendous line speed, yet it doesn’t feel that fast when you cast it. This is a high performance rod that even a beginner would find easy to cast.

    The Sage Z-Axis 590, and the entire Z-Axis series, in my opinion, represent a noticeable improvement in all around fly fishing rod performance and are the first rods in a while that would influence me to replace the majority of my favorites that I currently use. Based on this technology, I’ll probably start recommending 9 ½ footers as the standard.



    PROS - What’s not to like? A surprising blend of lightness, power, accuracy, smoothness, and, hopefully, durability. Suitable for beginners and experts alike. Limited lifetime warranty.

    CONS -
    At $695, there are some decent rods out there at half the price, yet most top-of-the line manufacturers have models in a similar price range. Nickel silver reel seats are pretty, but require more care than aluminum.

    BOTTOM LINE
    Perhaps the best all around fly fishing rod series produced to date, at any price.


    Reviewer. . .

    Having been in the fly fishing industry for over 25 years as a guide, fly fishing school director, writer, and manufacturers sales representative, I’ve been fortunate to cast and fish with a wide array of fly rods from almost all of the top makers.
    – Dean Schubert


    Here's what one of our customers had to say recently about his new Sage Z-Axis rod;


    "I live in South Africa and have just read your opinion on the Sage Z-Axis. In my mind you hit the nail 100% correct. I purchased the rod not knowing what to expect seeing that every fly rod company proclaim their rods to be the “best”? I took it out for a cast and was silenced… Then I took it to the pond and was blown away with the forgiving nature of the rod when a sudden breeze came up, I thought it was awesome and didn’t even think of the fish I was actually targeting, until one took the fly and I was still on ”hey this is an awesome rod..” when I suddenly had to think “OK, now you have to perform on landing this fish with this pricy rod?” We’ll it handled a 23 inch rainbow with an attitude of dominance. I am currently looking at investing in a 7 weight outfit, seems I’ll look no further than Sage and its good friend Abel." -- Marius Calitz

    Back to the Sage Z-Axis 590 Fly Rod


    Leland on sage z-axis fly fishing rodS

     

    The Z-AXIS Fly Rod! Mr. Wizard is back and talk about pressure! You know the design team at Sage was sweating some serious bullets when they looked to replace the XP. For more than six years the XP Fly Rod Series was the industry standard by which fast action fly rods were measured, and now, it's been replaced. Enter the Z-Axis. We know you’re going to be completely awed by this Sage Fly Rod Series! These rods are lighter, and although they generate the fastest line speed of just about any rod, they're easier to cast (if that's possible) than the XP models. The added advantage of the extreme line speed is accuracy and control of your fly. And if you want to talk trackability...

    Here's what one of our customers had to say recently about his new Sage Z-Axis rod;
     
    "I live in South Africa and have just read your opinion on the Sage Z-Axis. In my mind you hit the nail 100% correct.  I purchased the rod not knowing what to expect seeing that every fly rod company proclaim their rods to be the “best”?  I took it out for a cast and was silenced… Then I took it to the pond and was blown away with the forgiving nature of the rod when a sudden breeze came up, I thought it was awesome and didn’t even think of the fish I was actually targeting, until one took the fly and I was still on ”hey this is an awesome rod..” when I suddenly had to think “OK, now you have to perform on landing this fish with this pricy rod?” We’ll it handled a 23 inch rainbow with an attitude of dominance. I am currently looking at investing in a 7 weight outfit, seems I’ll look no further than Sage and its good friend Abel."  --  Marius Calitz

    Even though we now expect lightness from today’s fly rods, we never thought the Z-Axis' seemingly near-weightlessness could be achieved without giving up strength. Oh, how we were wrong! To bore you with a little technical talk, by replacing the glass hoop fibers (the fiberglass scrim cloth) with lighter, stronger graphite fibers, Sage found that during the curing process, the graphite fiber fabrics bind together more effectively. These now welded fibers give rise to a stronger fly rod blank and the lighter graphite fibers up the performance! Sure, we're simplifying the whole process, but we know when you first pick up one of these rods you will have the same reaction; WOW! You're going hear more clichés than you can shake a stick at (we couldn’t resist just one) about this rod series but just remember; if you want the lightest, most accurate fly rod on market, then reach for the Z-Axis. As Sage says it in one word “Magic”… and we couldn’t agree more.

    • Rod weights: 3 through 10
    • Rod lengths: 7'6" to 10' for single hand rods and 11' to 16' for Spey rods
    • Reel seats: Nickel/silver with Rosewood inserts or anodized aluminum
    • Cork handles: Cigar grip, small cigar grip or full wells
    • Aluminum tubes with cloth socks
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    THE LATEST FROM SAGE - TXL-F FLY FISHING RODS


     


    Specifications




    • Line Sizes: 000wt-4wt


    • Rod Length: 7'10" (with a 3wt and 4wt at 6'10" as well) 

    • Sections: 4 piece 

    • Weight:  1 7/16 oz. (000wt) to 1 15/16 oz. (4wt) 

    • Handle: Cork - Snub-nose Half Wells Grip 

    • Reel Seat: Bronze anodized with walnut insert 

    • Action: Moderate Fast 

    • Retail Cost: $625.00



        Leland is excited to offer Sage’s new TXL-F series of fly rods.




    November 22, 2010 (San Francisco, CA):
      Since 1985, Sage has
    endeavored on perfecting performance by handcrafting fly rods in
    Bainbridge Island, Washington.  This year, Sage’s master rod builder,
    Jerry Siem, has developed a new series of dedicated small stream fly
    rods named TXL-F.  This latest rod offering provides big rod performance in a small package.



    Celebrate small stream fishing:
    Ultra-light rods in general have a reputation for being "noodly". Not so with the ,
    which responds to the same casting stroke that efficiently loads and
    unloads Sage's high-performing, fast-action rods.  Now an angler can
    play “small ball” on tight trout streams without sacrificing
    performance.

     


    PRO Review - GEORGE REVEL








    What’s the word. . .





    The new TXL-F series of small stream trout rods from Sage  have been
    introduced as the replacement to the much-loved TXL ("Trout eXtra
    Light") series. In line weights 000 through 4, the TXL-F fly rods offer
    anglers the responsiveness and precision necessary to fish confidently
    in tight quarters. The "F" in "TXL-F" is for "feel," and Sage has
    managed to produce a rod series that provides unprecedented sensitivity,
    tippet protection, and--most surprisingly, stellar casting performance.





    Features. . .


     


    The TXL-F raises the bar on its predecessor in a few different ways.
    From the 000710-4 to the 4710-4, the TXL-Fs are on average a full third
    lighter than their TXL ancestors. Sage has achieved this through further
    refining their proprietary G5 construction technology (more about G5
    below) and a new style of ferrule which they're calling "microferrules."




    These new, more efficient junctions provide the TXL-Fs with weight
    savings, to be sure, but also help ensure an even, continuous flex along
    the rod's length to give anglers sensitive tippet protection and easy,
    intuitive casting. These rods load fully and cast dart-like tight loops.



    The "snub-nosed half wells" grip is another feature that's new for the
    TXL-F. This high quality cork handle is slightly flared at the top, to
    provide ergonomic hand placement and better energy transfer from the
    anger's arm, through the thumb, to the blank and fly line.





    Action. . .




    Perhaps because they are on average a third lighter than their TXL
    predecessors, the TXL-Fs are a great deal crisper-casting than any light
    line rod developed to date. Historically, the small stream category has
    been populated by rods with a noodly, unsatisfying action, one that
    loads easily at close distances, but doesn't track particularly well or
    gracefully form tight loops.



    Not so with the TXL-F. These lightweight fly rods are veritable pistols.
    They are designed to be cast with the same casting stroke that best
    operates Sage's full range of fast action fly rods. If you are
    comfortable casting a Z-Axis 590-4, you'll be able to confidently use
    that same compact, modern casting stroke to impressive results with
    every TXL-F model.





    Materials. . .


     


    The TXL-F rod series makes use of a high modulus graphite blend in
    its blank construction, as well as Sage's proprietary G5 construction
    technology.
    High modulus graphite allows TXL-F blanks to efficiently
    load and unload during the casting cycle--transferring more energy into
    the fly line---while G5 enables Sage to produce lighter, more
    responsive, and more precise rods.



    Often misunderstood, G5 technology is a manufacturing process rather than a specific material, machine, or treatment. G5 has two elements: a scrimless reinforcement method and a fiber alignment method.



    Traditionally, graphite blanks have made use of fiberglass "scrims" or
    woven sheets of fiberglass that are sandwiched between sheets of
    graphite. While the graphite provides axial strength along the blank,
    the fiberglass provides hoop strength---basically, it prevents the round
    cross section of the blank from contorting into an oval, which is the
    first step in failure.



    But fiberglass is heavy and makes rods heavier, less powerful, or both.
    Through G5 technology, Sage has used advanced resin systems and lateral
    carbon fiber reinforcements to provide more than adequate hoop strength without fiberglass.
    When these scrimless blanks are baked and cured, they achieve a much
    denser nesting of graphite fibers--with consonantly greater strength. With
    G5, Sage has moved beyond the need for scrim, making it possible to
    produce a lighter, livelier, and quicker-recovering blank.








    The second facet of G5 has to do with fiber alignment. Unlike fiberglass, which is woven, a sheet of graphite has all its fibers running in parallel--or unidirectionally. This means a rolled-up tube of graphite is very strong axially. But a fly rod isn't a simple cylinder--it's actually a very thin, gradually narrowing cone of sorts.
    It has taper to it, in order that it can bend and unbend predictably to
    cast the fly line. This taper makes it technically difficult to keep
    fibers in alignment as you roll a sheet of graphite around a mandrill to
    make a rod blank.



    To get around this, Sage lays a cut of graphite sheeting on the mandrill
    and rolls it, then lays another cut at a different orientation, rolls
    it, then another cut, and so on. These "multiple lay-ups" result in less overall migration of fiber direction off the longitudinal axis,
    and make for blanks that track better, respond with more energy, and on
    the whole provide casters with an extra level of precision.






    Fit and Finish. . . 


     


    • Sage G5 technology graphite construction



    • Exceptionally light in hand, but stable and responsive as well



    • High quality cork handle in a Snub-Nose Half Wells configuration



    • English Hopkins and Holloway guides and tip top



    • Bronze anodized reel seat with walnut insert



    • Stitched cotton rod sock and extruded aluminum tube



    • Limited lifetime warranty




    Reliability and Durability. . . 




    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 TXL-F 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, plus a
    $40 handling fee, to cover return shipping and insurance within the U.
    S. 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 currently about 2
    to 2 ½ weeks during their busy summer, and shortens to about 1 ½ weeks
    in the winter.




    Overall Rating. . .





    PROS - The new TXL-Fs are really a groundbreaking
    series. The actions correlate to Sage's larger trout rods, so you can
    use the same, compact casting stroke you would use on a 5wt or 6wt, get
    great loops, and still show small fish the respect they deserve.





    CONS - Though the TXL-F 4710-4 is the most versatile
    of the series, these rods are definitely specialty rods. Any one of
    these rods will make a great addition to your quiver, but look elsewhere
    if you're shopping for an all-rounder.





    BOTTOM LINE – These are precise, crisp light line fly
    rods that are fun to fish. The TXL-Fs will open up new water and remind
    you how great dry fly fishing really is.



    Reviewer. . .






     


    I grew up in Redding, CA, fishing for trout and steelhead on
    the many waters of the region. As I grew up, I became more focused on
    fishing for steelhead, and swinging a fly through a glassy tail-out is
    probably my favorite thing in the world. But fishing the TXL-F this
    summer on small water was like "trout rehab" for me, and I've been
    fishing trout hard through the summer and fall. I'm remembering that
    California has some really outstanding small streams and ponds that
    never get the pressure of the larger tailwaters and freestones. Although
    I always value the secrecy of my fishing spots, I encourage you to pick
    up a TXL-F and go find the small stuff near you. I'll see you on the
    water. -George Revel


     







    Leland on sage txl-f fly fishing rodS


     


    Why replace a beloved series of light fly rods? When you can
    make that series 33% lighter while dramatically improving its
    performance, the real question is why wouldn't you? Besides its near
    weightlessness, the TXL-F (the "F" is for "feel") Series of fly rods has
    received a tune-up in the form of increased sensitivity and performance
    with the latest version of Sage's exclusive G-5 technology, as well as
    new and improved microferrules. The series even has a brand new grip: a
    "snub-nose half wells" grip that's just one more reason it's tough to
    put down at the end of the day.



    Ultralight rods in general have had a reputation for being "noodly". Not
    so with the TXL-F, which responds to the same casting stroke that
    efficiently loads and unloads Sage's high performing fast action rods.
    This efficient casting stroke allows you to delicately drift dry flies
    under logs and bushes with accuracy unprecedented in an ultzralight fly
    rod. We test-drove the TXL-F 4710-4 this summer on a tiny creek in
    Northern California and had a blast dropping dries into wooded corners
    and slingshot casting under cut banks.



    Without question, this is the best-casting series of ultralight fly rods
    on the market today. And in a new four piece configuration, the TXL-F
    is that much easier to pack high into the backcountry.

    For the ultimate in small creek trout fishing, check out Sage's new Circa fly rods.


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    Specifications
    • Weight: 5.7 ounces
    • Spool diameter: 3.500 inches
    • Spool width: .750 inches
    • Capacity: Standard WF 5 line plus 125 yards of 20 lb. Dacron backing or WF 6 plus 100 yards of backing
    • Material: Spool, frame and foot machined from 6061-T6 cold finished
    aluminum bar stock
    • Drag system: Draw bar actuated cork disk
    • Finish: Corrosion-resistant anodized
    • Colors: High gloss black coral or non-reflective matte black, other custom colors available at an additional charge



    A little history…

     
    So, what’s this?? A beefy, brawny saltwater tough guy posing as a trout reel? Isn’t that a bit …well, overkill?
    After all, in fly fishing, unlike conventional spinning or bait casting, we don’t actually use the reel to make the cast. In the old genteel days of trout fishing, the reel simply stored line until we’re lucky enough to hook something that took out more line than we had in our hand. I grew up using a stamped, Japanese import, then a stamped Pflueger Medalist, and finally graduated to a variety of die cast Hardy reels, the gold standard of trout reels in the early 1980’s. I treasured all of them in their time. Maybe it was the insistent buzz made by the clicker as a trout peeled off line, or maybe I felt the reel was my fishing companion, sharing in each new adventure.

    Fast forward to 2007. Our “genteel” art has become, on many fronts, a slugfest. No longer are we satisfied plying our trade in bucolic settings fishing for small trout. Today, many of us travel the world seeking larger trout in New Zealand, Patagonia, and Chile. We fish the salt water flats for species such as bonefish and permit that swim much faster and pull much harder than their similarly sized freshwater cousins. Consequently, we’re harder on our tackle and have come to expect greater performance from our fly reels.

    You’d think it wouldn’t take rocket science to come up with a little metal wheel with a brake that was dependable. But I’ve seen just about every brand of reel fail at one time or another. Whether it’s grit or grime, extreme heat or cold, component wear, or impact from a hard fall, if there’s a weakness, we usually find out about it exactly at the wrong time.

    Enter Steve Abel. Although not a rocket scientist, he is an experienced aerospace machinist, who started selling his fly fishing reels in 1987. His motto then, and the company’s motto today is “to design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world class customer service.” In the ensuing twenty years, Abel Quality Products has succeeded in carving out a niche in the increasingly competitive arena of high quality fly fishing reels and built a devoted following of end users. The latest offering from Abel is the Super 5 Narrow Large Arbor, a trout sized reel that boasts a robustness usually found only in its larger, saltwater brethren.

    Features

    The Abel Super 5N Fly Fishing Reel is the newest addition to the Abel Super Series, which have a large arbor design for faster line retrieve, reduced line coiling, and better drag continuity. The 5N spool, frame, and foot are cut from a solid block of 6061-T6 cold finished high molecular density aluminum. The spool and frame are aggressively ported (ventilated) to reduce weight, while maintaining great strength and rigidity. The draw bar, main shaft, pawls, and screws are machined 303 stainless steel. The drag is comprised of a large surface area, cork composite covered drag plate tightened against the inside of the aluminum spool by the draw bar. All aluminum surfaces are protected against corrosion by Abel’s proprietary hard anodizing process. The 5N is convertible to left or right hand retrieve. At 5.7 ounces, it’s relatively light considering its bombproof strength. The drag system is silky smooth, with low start up inertia, and based on a simple design that has proven itself over two decades. The spool capacity is suitable for 5 or 6 weight lines, making it ideal for large trout and small steelhead. Substituting smaller diameter gel spun backing in place of Dacron, one could pump up the backing capacity to over 150 yards for medium steelies, smaller bonefish, specks and reds. Overall, a nearly flawless, extremely rugged and reliable fly fishing reel for taking fresh and smaller saltwater species on light tackle.

    • Large arbor, narrow spool design for quick line pick up

    • Machined from 6061-T6 cold finished aluminum bar stock

    • Impact resistant spool rim and frame

    • Smooth, reliable cork-draw bar drag system

    • Durable, hard anodized finish

    • Custom colors, handles, and engraving available at additional charge

    Materials, Fit, and Finish

    Fly fishing reels machined from a solid bar of metal have the greatest rigidity and strength per weight, but in the long run, are more costly to produce than stamped, or die cast reels. Over thirty years ago, American companies such as Seamaster and Fin Nor pioneered the construction of machined fly reels, primarily for a small following of hard core salmon and saltwater fly enthusiasts. The increased popularity of fly fishing, coupled with political and economic expansion of the Far East in recent years, has led to an influx of many reasonable quality, less expensive machined imports primarily targeting entry and mid level customers. Many U.S. makers of good reels have folded under this pressure, and the majority that have remained, like Abel and Tibor, have done so by directing there efforts at top of the line products.

    Although you may find some custom $2000-$10,000 titanium reel models on the Internet, aluminum is the choice for mere mortals. Abel uses 6061-T6 cold finished bar stock in all of their reels, which is the strongest, densest, most corrosion resistant aluminum for this purpose. The spool, frame and foot of the 5N Super are cut from this, and the mainshaft and drawbar from 303 stainless steel, on Computer Numerical Control lathes and mills. In fact, every machinable part in the reel is made in the Abel factory to insure utmost quality control, right down to the stainless steel screws. The only non-metal parts are the cork drag washer, a neoprene o-ring, and the laminated, sealed wood handle.

    The overall weight of the reel is significantly reduced, while retaining structural integrity, by precise, aggressive porting throughout the spool and frame. All parts are hand de-burred, hand polished, cleaned and inspected and aluminum parts are protected from wear and corrosion (and colored) by Abel’s unique hard anodizing process, which penetrates and bonds to the metal. Two sealed waterproof ball bearings on the spool and one on the drag plate provide near frictionless rotation.

    Abel currently employs 28 production workers and 7 support staff in their Camarillo, California facility. They offer a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects for all their reels. Although you’re not likely to need that warranty, it’s nice to know that Abel, due to their success, will probably be around to back it up if you do.

    What a drag

    In a nutshell, there are two basic types of fly reel drags; the classic spring and pawl, popularized by Hardy Brothers of England well over a century ago, or one of many variations of the more modern disk drag. Most anglers, and manufacturers today overlook the click pawl, unfairly in my opinion, in favor of disks for all fly fishing. Actually, the click pawl, if well constructed, is very reliable for smaller trout and is the lightest, simplest, and least expensive to build. And as it works, it creates that sweet sound that many of us find synonymous with fly fishing.

    As we seek fish that pull harder and faster and fight longer, our fly reels are progressively subjected to greater amounts of what most often kills them; heat. A disc drag slows the spool by friction, applying pressure between two or more discs, usually one on the spool and one on the frame, or within a hub mounted on the frame. A great number of variations of this seemingly simple concept are available today, each one claiming superior performance.

    However, the big game fly reels that have been the most successful in landing fish over 100 pounds, and, therefore, operate smoothly and survive the greatest amounts of stress, have draw bar drags. This simple system has two center mounted disk shaped brake surfaces that meet when the spool is attached, and drag is increased as the draw bar tightens the frame against the spool through the central shaft.

    Although most newer disk drag systems use synthetics such as Rulon, Delrin or carbon fiber, as the brake material, natural cork (ground and mixed with a polymer), is still considered by many to offer the best balance of durability, low start up inertia, stopping power, and adjustability. This cork composite, unlike the synthetics, is compressible, providing for its smoothness. The Abel 5N Super has the largest drag of this type of any 5 or 6 weight reel I’ve seen, and the “open” design dissipates heat rapidly into the rear of the spool and throughout the reel frame. “Closed” or completely sealed drag systems offer the advantage of low maintenance, but generally can not cool as effectively.

    Cork must be lubricated occasionally to replenish its natural moisture, usually with pure neatsfoot oil. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions, as petroleum products or solvents may harm the cork, and back off the drag tension when not in use. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the draw bar drag is that it does not allow for quick change spools, as some disassembly is required. Choose another design if this is a priority for you.

    According to the International Game Fish Association, Abel reels where used in setting the greatest number of new world records for 2006. Though you may not land a world record, you will at some point encounter that fish of a lifetime. The Abel 5N Super Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel, with its impeccably machined strength and superb drag, is as likely as any to get the job done. 

    Pros

    Rugged, beautifully machined and finished trout-size reel with a very smooth and reliable drag system usually found only in larger, saltwater fly reels.

    Cons

    At $550, the Abel 5N Super is much more expensive than some other very serviceable trout reels and is an ounce or more heavier than others with lighter drag designs and frames. The draw bar does not allow for the convenience of quick-change spools. Open design requires occasional cleaning and lubrication.

    Bottom Line

    The Abel 5N Super, compared to other reels of its size, is most likely to withstand extreme conditions, and the one you’ll probably hand down to your grandchildren.

    Reviewer. . .

    Having been in the fly fishing industry for over 25 years as a professional guide, fly fishing school director, writer, and manufacturers sales representative, I’ve been fortunate to fish with a wide array of equipment from almost all of the top makers.

    Check out the Abel Super 5N Fly Reel

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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.

    Check out the best fly rod models.

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