Catching the green drake hatch on the Fryingpan is one of the greatest spectacles found here in the Rocky Mountain West. I was well prepared for such an event due to the fact that in my hand was a Winston BIIIx 4 weight, 8' 6", dry fly chucking machine. The rod is light in the hand, extremely versatile and deadly accurate.
The most obvious feature of Sage's 3800 CF Series of reels is its very minimal weight, the carbon fiber spool allows for a reel that is, in most cases, a full ounce lighter than similarly sized competitors. While maintaining the benefit of minimal weight, the full machined cage packs a drag that is built for work, easily putting the brakes on bulldogging South Platte Carp, with a few more clicks of power to spare.
Being the naysayer that I am, my first initial thoughts regarding a Boa closure system being incorporated into a wading boot was...why? What's wrong with laces? My sentiments have since changed. Here's why...
On a recent trip to Bolivia to chase Golden Dorado, I was fortunate enough to travel with our local Sage representative, who just so happened to have a prototype of the new Sage ONE in a 9' 9wt. On our second day of fishing, I was given the rod to take out and put through the ringer.
Having been a fan of Rio's fly lines for many years, the Rio Gold and Rio Grand fly lines are fantastic. Upon inspection of "line profile" I decided this is what I needed, a long body and front taper, wrapped around a extremely supple core. I thought to myself that this thing should place a #16 Royal Stimulator into a 6" wide feeding lane with pinpoint accuracy, which it does...perfectly.
Gone are the days when that fish slips through your hands as your go to unhook it, only to speed off in an attempt to give you a "taste of your own medicine"...in the form of digging your dropper into your hand! We've all been there...painful.
This is one of the most effective patterns we have fished with here in Colorado. Rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brookies all want to eat this fly.