The New Mod Fly Rod From Sage
Renowned fly fishing manufacturer Sage introduces the MOD, designed and handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA with Sage’s Konnetic Technology®. Thoughtfully crafted with contemporary line designs, fly patterns, and angling styles in mind, the MOD is a modern interpretation of a moderate action specific for trout 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 New Sage Bolt Fly Rod
Complementing the award-winning, medium-fast action ACCEL, Sage’s new BOLT fly rod family is the ultra-fast action take on Generation 5 technology.
“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 New Sage Pulse Fly Rod
Manufacturing unveils the PULSE rod family. From freshwater to the salt, single-hand, switch, or Spey, there’s a rod in the PULSE family for every application. Award winning Graphite IIIe technology 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.