It’s Saturday morning, the beginning of your weekend and you roll out of bed to find that it’s overcast and rainy. What are you going to do? Stay in bed for a few more hours? Take in an afternoon matinee down at the local theater? Not if you’re me!
The first thing that comes to my mind is this: a rainy day is a great day to be out on our local waters experiencing one of nature’s most beautiful insect hatches, that of the blue winged olive. Oftentimes, when conditions are less then favorable for the fisherman, those same cloudy, cool conditions may be prime for an unbelievable day of fishing.
You may now be asking yourself what exactly is a blue winged olive? In short, it is a very small mayfly with slate grey wings and an olive or bluish body. Talk to a fly-fishing nerd and you may hear the BWO referred to by its common Latin name baetid - members of the family baetidae. I’ll spare you the details.
What do you do when a complimentary Sage 490-4 ONE shows up at your door step to fish and review? That's right, take the day off of work and go fish it! There are many perks to my profession, but the one I enjoy the most is testing out new gear. I have always believed that we can better serve our customers by fishing the gear we sell, so if it means taking a day off work to try out one of the most talked about fly rods in years, well I guess I'll take one for the team. The testing grounds for the day were The Historic Lincoln Hills Fly Fishing Club, a rehabilitated section of South Boulder Creek chalk full of big fish. While it may not be the stream that the average angler would be fishing this rod, I figured it would be a great place to see if it would live up to the hype. The day was ideal with highs in the upper 60's, plenty of sun, active bugs and hungry fish.
This fly rod is just sexy. From the "ice black" blank to the powder-coated tube, there is a lot to like about the ONE just by looking at it. Once fully rigged, the first thing you'll notice is how light weight it is. At 2.5 oz. for a 9' 4wt, this fly rod is one of the lightest on the market today. The other noticeable feature is the "half" wells cork grip. Available in all 3wt - 5wt ONE fly rods, this grip is somewhat of a hybrid of the standard cigar shape and the full wells that are found on most big game fly rods (i.e. 6wt and up). This will definitely throw some people off, but I can say after a day of fishing it that I really like this design.
The Chrome boot is constructed of whitewater rafting material, which is very lightweight and very water resistant. The Toe cap on the boot is made out of a strong rubber composite that adds protection without unnecessary extra weight.