Author: Trouts Staff
Every so often, a new product comes around that revolutionizes the way we look at certain fly fishing products. The Simms Vibram boots for example have set an industry wide precedent as to how rubber soled wading boots should perform, and the Scientific Angler Sharkskin Fly Line completely changed the way we all look at fly lines. Yet when it comes to fly rods, nothing truly notable has come around in the past few years. Sure we have seen Boron material used by Winston, and Nano Resign used by G-Loomis, St. Croix, and Hardy. But other than making fly rods lighter and supposedly stronger, the performance of fly rods really hasn't changed all that much. That is until the Sage ONE came around.
The ONE rod is the first fly rod to take advantage of Sage’s groundbreaking Konnetic™ technology. The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in astonishing casting accuracy that is unparalleled in the marketplace. The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter and are 25% lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency. Further innovations are the 70% lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel.
With our summer fishing season delayed by more than a month, I have been anxious to get my boat out and float some of my favorite stretches of water. After hearing countless reports of epic fishing across the high country, me and the wife decided to take a couple days off of work and go enjoy some summer trout fishing. With numerous options at our disposal, we ended up basing ourselves out of the Vail Valley hoping to get some time on the Roaring Fork, Colorado and Eagle Rivers. Flows on all three drainages had been steadily falling, and the weekend forecast was good with highs in the 70's and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the evenings, ideal conditions to say the least.
Friday was our first day on the water, and we decided to head on over to the Roaring Fork Valley hoping to avoid the weekend mayhem that typically descends on the Fork during the Summer. Putting on the water at Carbondale around 11am, we were able to position ourselves well behind most guided trips, and a bit before the evening floaters came out. With flows hovering just under 2,000 cfs, the plan was to enjoy a leisurely float down stream to the 2 Rivers take-out in Glenwood Springs. With not an abundant amount of bugs hatching, we started the float with a short-line 2 fly nymph rig consisting of a size 16 prince nymph and a size 18 Barrs PMD Emerger.
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