Sage 3880CF Fly Reel Review

Aug 18, 2011

Author: Tucker Ladd

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. 

What We Say: 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.

It balances very nicely with today’s ultra lightweight 3M matrix resin rods and it is a perfect fit for my 9' 7wt St. Croix Bank Robber. 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. The contrast of dark carbon fiber and high polish machined aluminum creates a very striking aesthetic for the reel, which, when paired with excellent performance, really rounds out the package. This reel is a steal at $280, and spare carbon spools are only $60 – not bad. My only complaint is that the softer carbon fiber material is prone to cosmetic scratching, but it has not affected performance.

What they Say: Innovative carbon fiber spool for ultra lightweight performance.

With Sage’s exclusive Floating Tripod sealed carbon drag unit, one-revolution adjustment knob and elegant convex hub design, 3800CF series reels offer performance you simply can’t find anywhere else in this price range.

Features

  • The 3800CF series features Sage’s unique SCS Floating Tripod drag design
  • Innovative lightweight design
  • Fully machined aluminum frame
  • Innovative carbon fiber spool for ultra lightweight performance
  • Single rotation drag knob
  • Colors: Platinum, Blaze
  • Ballistic cloth reel case

The Sage 3800 series is now discontinued. Check out Sage's other reels here: Sage Fly Fishing

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