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Saltwater Gear Review: Sage 4280 Fly Reel

April 10, 2014
Author: Will Rice

What We Say

The last time I brought a brand new reel down to a saltwater environment without having fished it before, things did not end well.  After the first fish I hooked took it on a blistering 150 yard run the reel failed and I struggled trying to hand line the fish in.  I was not a happy camper. 

Before I took our recent trip to the Bahamas, I gave the Sage 4280 a thorough field-testing here on the South Platte River.  I let a number or carp run this reel into the backing of my fly line – no problem.  Down on the flats of South Andros – same thing.  No problem.  The drag system on this reel is easy to manipulate and control.  I had a number of fairly good size fish tear out line and take long and energetic runs and the 4280 performed flawlessly during the entire trip. I paired this reel with a Sage ONE 890-4 and RIO's Bonefish WF 8 Fly Line (click HERE to read the Sage ONE 890-4 gear review). 

Having confidence in a reel is important on an international destination trip and the Sage 4280 has earned my trust.  I’ll be taking it on my next redfish trip which is coming up soon.   

What They Say

"Matching the level of design from the makers of the world's finest fly rods, Sage introduces the 4200 series reel. The award winning 4200 is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum and features our fully sealed SCS Floating Tripod drag unit for smooth, maintenance-free performance.  A precisely calibrated, one-revolution drag knob allows for quick, reliable adjustments you need to hook an play the big ones." - Sage

If you would like to learn more about the Sage 4200 series give the shop a call today or check out the 4280 reel online.

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