Gear Review: Sage Z-Axis 990-4 Fly Rod

Feb 08, 2011

Author: Tucker Ladd

The first time I used this rod was during a weeklong trip to the Amazon Rain Forest in Northern Brazil. 

We were targeting Peacock Bass, which are a very demanding species due to the distance and number of casts that are made daily (roughly 1000-1500). Day after day, this rod performed beautifully no matter if I was casting a large surface popper, or 400-grain sink tip line.

What We Say:

What initially made this rod stand out from other big game rods was its minimal weight. My previous go-to salt water rod was the Sage XI2, which although a very powerful and accurate rod, was very heavy and quite exhausting to cast all day. The Z-Axis on the other hand has just as much power and accuracy as any other rod in this class, but had a super lightweight feel that made it a pleasure to cast and fish. The first time I used this rod was during a weeklong trip to the Amazon Rain Forest in Northern Brazil. We were targeting Peacock Bass, which are a very demanding species due to the distance and number of casts that are made daily (roughly 1000-1500). Day after day, this rod performed beautifully no matter if I was casting a large surface popper, or 400-grain sink tip line.

Last Minute Thoughts:

Looks great with Tibor on it!

What They Say:

We went back to the drawing board to create the incredible Z-Axis Series Fast Action Rods. By improving the entire rod-building process, we created a rod that’s significantly lighter, stronger and easier to cast for anglers of all skill levels. The Z-Axis offers an entirely new level of fishability with unprecedented line feel, response and performance. But don’t take our word for it-visit a local fly shop and take it for a test spin.

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