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When I started to fly fish in the Sierra in the 1970's, I was told that my first rod should be a 9 foot 7wt. I chose a fiberglass Fenwick rod. This was considered a good all-around rod and it served me well for both flinging streamers, hanging nymphs, and casting a dry when called for. It handled well in the wind, particularly with my awful casting and poor loop control. Fenwick was the first rod company to create an all graphite rod in 1973, the HMG. Their rod designer, Don Green, left Fenwick and started a new rod company called Sage in 1980. Today, I fish with primarily a 9.5 foot 5 wt as my big water rod and a 7.5' 2 wt. Bamboo rod for small creeks. If I encounter windy conditions, I have a graphite 9' 4wt in my arsenal to fight that wind. When midging at Crowley Lake, I find that my 11' 4 wt is really the ticket with a soft tip to hook set those large trout. The rods have improved so much over the last 30 years that the 5wt I use today has more power than the 7wt I started with. So, as you encounter different water with different fly rigs, you will realize how the specialized rods give you quite an advantage. And, you can still do well with a multi-purpose rod.

Multi-Purpose Rods

Sage 

Sage X Series, 3 to 11 wt

  • KonneticHD Technology®
  • Black Spruce blank color
  • Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides with hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Laser etched line weight on slide band

 

Sage X

Sage 

Sage Pulse Series, 3 to 8 wt

  • Graphite IIIe Technology, Fast action
  • Lichen blank color; Olive thread wraps with Black trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides; Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Black nylon rod tube with divided liner

 

Sage Pulse

Sage 

T&T Zone, 3 to 10 wt

  • 3wt-4wt Medium/fast action 5wt-10wt fast action.
  • Natural finish carbon appearance.
  • Clear anodized premium aluminum hardware.
  • Blue fiber reel seat hand rolled at T&T.
  • Composite reinforced premium-quality cork grips.
  • Titanium frame stripping guides with Zirconium inserts.
  • T&T Blue thread with silver accent wraps.

 

T&T Zone

Sage 

Winston Air, 3 to 8 wt

  • Advanced carbon fiber combined with our SuperSilica lightweight resin system to improve toughness and durability
  • Classic smooth Winston Progressive Action
  • Incredibly accurate presentation
  • Boron III technology for enhanced power

 

Winston Air

Ovis Helios F 

Helios F, 3 to 8 wt

  • Helios 3F series -Think “Feel” or “Finesse” in presentation combined with laser point accuracy and crazy lightness in physical and swing weight
  • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/ Matte Storm carbon insert
  • Matte Storm colored blank
  • Green accent wraps
  • Black/gray main wraps
  • REC Recoil (Nickel Titanium) snake guides
  • SiC/titanium stripping guides

 

Orvis Helios

Sage 

Radian, 3 to 8 wt

  • REACT TECHNOLOGY - Brings together X-Core with a new complex materials and taper system to dramatically increase recovery speed.
  • X-CORE TECHNOLOGY - Enhanced feel, incredible stability, and unequalled performance. X-Core combines the industry’s most advanced composite technologies with cutting-edge design.
  • FIBERFUSE - Enhanced resin uses new chemistry to create stronger bonds between each fiber.
  • MULTI-MODULUS DESIGN - Fine-tuned flex and recovery.
  • ARC - Advanced Reinforced Carbon reduces torque and increases strength.

 

Scott Radian

Dry Fly Rods

Sage 

Sage Trout LL, 3 to 6 wt

  • KonneticHD Technology
  • Mahogany blank color
  • Bronze primary thread wraps with Gold trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides; Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Walnut wood insert with Bronze up-locking reel seat
  • Super Plus snub-nose, half-wells cork handle.
     

Sage Trout LL

Sage 

T&T Paradigm, 3 to 6 wt

  • Lightweight Titanium finish Single Foot REC guides
  • Matte Titanium finish roll-stamped hardware
  • USA sourced Bird's Eye Maple spacers
  • Beautiful new semi-gloss blue surface finish
  • Hand-written logo, serial numbers, and additional visual accents
  • Ultra-light rods with smooth, medium flex action for exceptional presentations.
     

Sage Trout LL

Creek Rods

Sage 

Sage Dart, 0 to 4 wt

  • KonneticHD Technology
  • Sapling Green blank color
  • Bronze thread wraps with Gold trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides; Ultra-Light hard chromed snake guides and tip-top


 

Sage Dart

Sage 

Winston Pure, 2 to 5 wt

  • Advanced Boron III light line rods
  • Moderate action with quick recovery that will allow for open loops required for fine dry fly presentation
    along with the ability to generate faster line speed as required for different conditions
  • True Winston progressive action
  • Slim profile with fine grip and guide configurations for better connection to the rod
  • Proprietary design puts presentation and tippet protection as the first priority
  • Ideal for light nymph and dry fly fishing applications.
     

Sage Dart

Orvis Recon 

Orvis Recon, 2 to 6 wt

  • High-performance, fast action feel with light feeling, sweet swing weight (meaning it’s casts awesome!)
  • 2⅜ oz. 4-piece
  • Shadow green blank with black nickel reel seat and dark burl wood insert
  • Heavy-duty black nickel hardware
  • 7” half wells grip
  • Silver snake and stripping guides
     

Orvis Recon

Redington Hydrogen 

Redington Hydrogen, 2 to 6 wt

  • The lightest rod in its class
  • Super-tuned, smooth, moderate-fast action
  • Single-foot guides for increased tip recovery
  • Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Pinpoint accuracy delivered through improved rod tracking
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Half-wells, premium gradecork handles
     

Redington Hydrogen

Streamer Rods

Sage 

Sage Payload, 6 to 9 wt

  • Konnetic Technology
  • Tannin blank color
  • Burgundy primary thread wraps with Bronze trim wraps
  • Tangle Free Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Oversized hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Heavy duty aluminum up-locking reel seat to withstand rugged environments
  • Super Plus full-wells cork handle


 

Sage Payload

Thomas & Thomas Exocet 

T&T Exocet, 6 to 9 wt

  • 4-piece multi-modulus blank with stealth matte “T&T Blue” Low-Friction Finish.
  • Titanium frame stripping guides with ceramic inserts.
  • RECoil titanium alloy snake guides.
  • Ultra-premium cork, full wells grip.
  • Matte black milled aluminum up-locking saltwater reel seat.
     

Thomas & Thomas Exocet

Nymph Rods

Sage 

Sage ESN, 2 to 4 wt

  • KonnecticHD Technology®
  • Black Ice blank color
  • Garnet thread wraps with Metallic Charcoal trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides with hard chrome single foot snake guides and tip-top
  • Stealth Black anodized aluminum down-locking reel seat


 

Sage ESN

Redington Euro Nymph 

Redington Euro Nymph, 3 and 4 wt

  • The lightest rod in its class
  • Find tuned tip for improved strike sensitivity
  • Single-foot guides to reduce overall weight
  • Skeletonized, CNC machined, anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Pinpoint accuracy delivered through improved rod tracking
  • Matte finish blank for flash reduction
  • Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
  • Half-wells, premium gradecork handles


 

Redington Euro Nymph

Scott Flex 

Scott Flex, 3 to 4wt

  • X-CORE TECHNOLOGY - Enhanced feel, incredible stability, and unequalled performance. X-Core combines the industry’s most advanced composite technologies with cutting-edge design.
  • MULTI-MODULUS DESIGN - Fine-tuned flex and recovery.
  • ARC - Advanced Reinforced Carbon reduces torque and increases strength.
     

Scott Flex

Switch Rods

Sage 

T&T DNA Switch, 2 to 4 wt

  • Four piece, clear-coated graphite blank.
  • Switch grip.
  • Black milled aluminum down-locking reel seat.
  • Spalted maple spacer.
  • Titanium stripping guides.
  • Universal Snake Brand guides with black wraps with olive edging.


 

Sage ESN

Redington Chromer 

Redington Chromer, 6 to 8 wt

  • Super-smooth fast action
    * Downlocking reel seat for improved in-hand balance
    * Polymer Pinch Grip sections on top and bottom handles
    * Polymer grips maintain body temperature for comfortable winter fishing
    * Matte finish blank for flash reduction
    * Section tips epoxy coated to prevent sticking
    * Full Anodized aluminum reel seat
    * Premium gradecork handles


 

Redington Chromer

Scott Radian 

Radian, 7 to 10 wt

  • REACT TECHNOLOGY - Brings together X-Core with a new complex materials and taper system to dramatically increase recovery speed.
  • X-CORE TECHNOLOGY - Enhanced feel, incredible stability, and unequalled performance. X-Core combines the industry’s most advanced composite technologies with cutting-edge design.
  • FIBERFUSE - Enhanced resin uses new chemistry to create stronger bonds between each fiber.
  • MULTI-MODULUS DESIGN - Fine-tuned flex and recovery.
  • ARC - Advanced Reinforced Carbon reduces torque and increases strength.

 

Scott Radian

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