The Sage Smallmouth Fly Rod:
“After working with a small, tight-lipped group of serious bass anglers, we’ve developed three rods that can drop a hair frog or an air-light diver with pinpoint accuracy and hardly a ripple on the water. From a fly fishing perspective, we’re talking about effortlessly pushing big, wind-resistant bugs into tight quarters.” The next line in this marketing copy goes on to say Sage developed their line of BASS rods at because of tournament limitations. Indeed it is true that FLW rules and regulations limit any fishing rod to a maximum of 8-feet in length. There is some ambiguity regarding the use of a fly rod, the rules do not specifically name fly tackle as being permissible. Then again, neither do they name them as being forbidden. So the big mystery then becomes when will we see a top ranked B.A.S.S. contender grab for a fly rod?
Forget the question and forget about tournament rules. Looking at this product simply as a tool for fishing, Sage has developed a series of three fly rods that are unlike anything else in the industry.
There are many involved in the sport of fly fishing who possess misplaced loyalties to tradition. It’s myopic to look at this system, see 290 grains, and think that somehow this is a 10-weight fly rod. It’s not. This rod has as much in common with a typical saltwater 10-weight as the 400 horsepower engine in Mercedes truck has with the 400 horsepower engine in a Mercedes SL-Class roadster. The only similarity is the number!
So what is the Sage Smallmouth really like? Too appreciate this rod, immediately forget subtle! In the hand it is lighter than expected for its formidable line rating. Finished in a glowing golden-yellow with red wraps and black trim, the rod is anything but subdued. The svelte full-wells grip features near faultless cork, a useful fighting butt and a solid, double-locking aluminum reel seat. The guides are oversized and the epoxy finish work shows excellent attention to detail. This is an exceptionally well-built fly rod!
The Sage Smallmouth is 7′ 11″with a four piece configuration. It weighs 3.5 ounces and comes complete with the matching 290 grain bullet-taper fly line and a rod/reel case.
MSRP is $395US.
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