Jun 17, 2016

Sage X Fly Rods - Sneak Preview


Sage introduces for the 2017 model year the New Sage X. X stands for Sage's tenth flagship series of rods. The New X utilizes a new proprietary graphite resin composite developed through exclusive partnerships. Most likely these partnerships relate to the aerospace industry neighbors of the Seattle area. We're talking space age stuff!

Gorge Fly Shop proprietor Travis Duddles was given the opportunity to preview the X firsthand and here in his words is what he has to say about it.

"Compared to the Sage ONE the Sage X is softer, more comfortable with a feeling of deeper loading all the while it rebounds quicker with a positive quick recovery providing a crisp feeling tip which enabled the X to produce incredibly tight loops."

 
Sage X Graphite/Resin Composites are termed KonneticHD Technology. We've seen the advancements in Konnetic Technology starting with the Sage ONE series and onward to the Circa, Method, SALT, MOD, Little Ones, and the One Trout Spey series of fly rods. Having spent time fishing several of these aforementioned series I am quite comfortable stating that they possess a very real different feeling compared to other graphite's most fly rods are built with today. We can tweak fly rod tapers all we want but I believe we are at the point that if we want to see real advancement we must look to the materials and that is exactly what Sage has done. Sage took the Konnetic Technology and advanced it even further to give us KonneticHD.


The Sage X lineup


A couple things I notice different from Sage ONE specs. Notice we now have a 591-4, 597-4 and a 5101-4. All of these would be 5 weight rods with fighting butts. These have my attention for single handed trout spey applications. Note that all the Switch models are 11 footers. Also note the Spey sizes. Some very interesting additions like the 7140. 

Sage X Single Hand Fly Rods
MODEL
Handle
Length
Line
Tube Size (in)
Weight (oz)
376-4  A 7'6" 3 25 1/2 2 1/8
390-4 A 9'0" 3 30 2 5/16
486-4 A 8'6" 4 28 1/2 2 3/8
490-4 A 9'0" 4 30 2 7/16
4100-4 A 10'0" 4 33 2 7/8
586-4 A 8'6" 5 28 1/2 2 1/2
590-4 A 9'0" 5 30 2 11/16
591-4 B 9'0" 5 30 2 13/16
597-4 B 9'6" 5 31 1/2 2 15/16
5101-4 B 10'0" 5 33 3 1/16
690-4 A 9'0" 6 30 2 13/16
691-4 B 9'0" 6 30 2 15/16
697-4 B 9'6" 6 31 1/2 3 1/8
6101-4 B 10'0" 6 33 3 5/16
790-4 B 9'0" 7 30 3 3/8
796-4 B 9'6" 7 31 1/2 3 1/2
7100-4 B 10'0" 7 33 3 3/4
890-4 B 9'0" 8 30 3 7/16
896-4 B 9'6" 8 31 1/2 3 5/8
8100-4 B 10'0" 8 33 3 4/8
990-4 B 9'0" 9 30 3 11/16
1090-4 B 9'0" 10 30 3 15/16


Sage X Switch Rods
MODEL
Handle
Length
Line
Tube Size (in)
Weight (oz)
6110-4
11'0" 6 36 5 1/2
7110-4
11'0" 7 36 5 3/8
8110-4
11'0" 8 36 5 5/8


Sage X Spey Rods
MODEL
Handle
Length
Line
Tube Size (in)
Weight (oz)
6120-4
12'0" 6
5 11/16
7120-4
12'0" 7
5 15/16
7130-4
13'0" 7
6 5/8
7140-4
14'0" 7
7 1/2
8120-4
12'0" 8
6 1/4
8130-4
13'0" 8
6 3/4
8140-4
14'0" 8
7 3/4
9120-4
12'0" 9
6 9/16
9140-4
14'0" 9 45 3/4 8
10150-4
15'0" 10 49 8 7/8

Sage X Fly Rods are set to release around August 1st, 2016. I'm really looking forward to casting these new rods at IFTD next month in Orlando. Stay tuned for a full report.


BassProGreg




Gorge Fly Shop Internet Sales Manager | Product Specialist


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1 comment :

  1. More bullshit to make what we have obsolete..getting tired of it all and going to bamboo! What a racket sage has become

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