With three new rods coming to market, Sage is rounding out their line-up with varying price points and rod actions. We'll be recieving inventory of these rods in August of this year, but in the mean time here's a "sneak peak" at what we all have to look forward to.
The MOD series fly rod is designed and handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, WA and will offer Sage’s proprietary Konnetic Technology®. This fly rod series is thoughtfully crafted with contemporary fly lines, fly patterns, and angling styles in mind. The MOD is a modern interpretation of the moderate action fly rod, specific for trout and steelhead fisheries.
“I’ve been thinking about this rod for quite some time now, it was conceived as I fished smaller to medium sized trout streams,” says Sage chief rod designer Jerry Siem. “Konnetic® has made it possible, and it’s quickly become a favorite of our testing team. I like to compare it to the short game in golf, where you need an accurate presentation with a delicate touch. The MOD is optimized for those distances and scenarios.”
In the Spey family, the moderate action of the MOD provides easy and deep loading on Skagit-style lines and soft presentations when paired with a Scandi or long-belly line.
The MOD blank is jade colored and has yellow-green thread wraps with black trim wraps. Fuji ceramic stripper guides and hard-chromed snake guides and tip- top complete the blank. The single-hand rods have a zebra wood insert with gloss black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat with a Super Plus cork snub-nose half-wells cork handle. The Spey models feature a gloss black anodized aluminum down-locking reel seat with a Super Plus cork fore and rear grip These rods come in a black powder-coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion with a black rod bag with jade logo and model tag. The MOD singled-hand fly rods are available in 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 weights in 9-foot lengths, and the Spey models come in a 6 and 7 weight in 13-foot lengths. Each single-hand model will retail for $850, and the spey models will retail for $1050.
The Sage BOLT was designed to complement the award-winning, medium-fast action ACCEL fly rod. Like the ACCEL, the BOLT is manufactured utilizing Sage's proprietary Generation 5 Technology, and offers anglers an ultra-fast action fly rod for powering flies to long distances or through heavy wind.
“Anglers looking for long distances, fast line speeds and quick recovery in a fly rod need look no further than the BOLT,” says Sage chief rod designer Jerry Siem. “The ultra-fast action of these rods makes high line speeds and tight loops easier, giving anglers the casting confidence needed in demanding conditions.”
The BOLT comes in a salmonfly blank color highlighted with orange thread wraps and black trim wraps. Fuji ceramic stripper guides and hard chromed snake guides and tip-top complete the blank. A stealth black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat is on both freshwater and saltwater models, but the freshwater has a rosewood insert and the saltwater models are finished with a fighting butt. All models are finished with a snub nose, half-wells cork handle. A black rod bag with salmonfly logo and model tag and black ballistic nylon rod tube with divided liner come with each model. The BOLT comes in 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 weights in 9-foot lengths and will be available August 2015 and will retail for $650.
The PULSE rod family encompases everything from freshwater to the salt, single-hand, switch, or Spey, meaning there’s a rod in the PULSE family for every application. Manufactured utilizing Sage's award winning Graphite IIIe technology, this new fly rod series ensures power and durability, providing fast action performance and a connected feel. Designed and handcrafted in the US, the PULSE is finished with attention to detail.
“We’ve fished these rods all over the globe to ensure anglers get the most power and durability out of a handcrafted, fast action rod made here on Bainbridge Island, USA,” comments Jerry Siem, Sage chief rod designer. “The PULSE are finished with custom-designed componentry and eye-catching cosmetics at an unbeatable price.”
The PULSE features a lichen blank with olive thread wraps and black trim wraps. Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top combine with the Fuji ceramic stripper guide to complete the blank. Both freshwater and saltwater models use a gloss black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat that sits under the snub-nose, half-wells cork handle. The freshwater models have a rosewood insert and the saltwater models are finished with a fighting butt. Each model comes in a black nylon rod tube with divided liner. The PULSE will be available in August 2015 for a retail price of $450 for the single-hand models, $550 for the switch and $650 for the Spey models.
Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind—to build the world’s finest performance fly rods. From the start, Sage has maintained that singular focus on delivering the finest performance fly fishing rods, reels, and equipment to the avid angler. We are a company of passionate anglers and craftsmen, continually seeking performance advantages through new materials, designs, and engagement with the fly fishing community. We fly fish. You can feel our passion for fly fishing in everything we do.