New Sage Rod series: The One

o mykiss

Active Member
I especially like this claim from Jerry Siem:

“The ONE Rod offers a more fluid transmission of energy from
the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and it
is translated to the hand and through the rod instantaneously
.”
− Jerry Siem, Chief Rod Designer

The next fly rod from Sage is actually expected to cast itself while the angler sits on the bank in a lawn chair drinking beer. I can't wait!
 
"Is there ANYTHING this 700$+ rod will do that can't be done with a 200$ rod?
I'll stick with what I've got until they make the case that this rod is worth the money."

How about: Support an American employee? :)
 

Dan Nelson

Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum
Huh?

Last time I checked, Bainbridge Island IS in America, Sage is a US-owned company, and the employees at Sage who design, manufacture, assemble, market, and service this rod are also American employees. :rolleyes:
Actually, I think that's the point 20miler was making: His "Support an American employee" seems to have been an answer to the previous question:

"Is there ANYTHING this 700$+ rod will do that can't be done with a 200$ rod?
 
It is indeed my point. A bold statement for my first post. I kept it short :) I feel anyone scratching their heads looking at the stock market should do as I do: Get out and fish. :)))) That is after buying each and every piece of gear I can domestically and furthermore, locally if possible. You may laugh at the ad campaigns of rod manfacturers, but I suggest you watch RED GOLD and notice the sponsors. We are at a crossroads economically and environmentally. We'd be very wise to support those that get it. Cynicism is laziness and never solved a damn thing.
 

yuhina

Tropical member
Just wondering if any one cast this rod yet... I found the descriptions from the Midcurrent is very intriguing...

The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in what Sage claims is unparalleled casting accuracy.

would like to hear some reports on this statement...
 

Dan Nelson

Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum
Just wondering if any one cast this rod yet... I found the descriptions from the Midcurrent is very intriguing...

The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in what Sage claims is unparalleled casting accuracy.

would like to hear some reports on this statement...
I have cast this rod extensively, as have a few of my test team members (including my brother, an eastern WA game warden and fishing magician). I found the One to be extremely accurate, even the face of 10-15 mph winds. We tested extensively on arctic grayling in the White Pass / Fraser BC area above Skagway Alaska. (see report here: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php/80953-Alaskan-Adventures-Follow-up-report )

I'll have more details later -- I plan to use this on a 3-week road trip through eastern ID, western Montana the end of August/early September. Stay tuned......
 
Yep, for $700 bucks I think the days of Sage rods in my arsenal are over. Way too many nice rods out there for a third of the price.

Great Bay and Colton are two examples of great rods made in the US that are far less than $700. Sage has become a name, and you are buying that name. Great rods, but there are american made products that have great quality for far less.
 

yuhina

Tropical member
I have cast this rod extensively, as have a few of my test team members (including my brother, an eastern WA game warden and fishing magician). I found the One to be extremely accurate, even the face of 10-15 mph winds. We tested extensively on arctic grayling in the White Pass / Fraser BC area above Skagway Alaska. (see report here: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php/80953-Alaskan-Adventures-Follow-up-report )

I'll have more details later -- I plan to use this on a 3-week road trip through eastern ID, western Montana the end of August/early September. Stay tuned......
Thanks Dan,

appreciate the report!
Since accuracy is a relative term. I wonder why you think Z-Axis is "less" accurate than the one? could you compare those two? did the z-axis give you more lateral "wobble" caused more side way waves? or it is just "feel" less accurate.

I noticed SAGE has been focusing on this fiber alignment for a while now... a expert caster told me that the z-axis align the fiber and has reduce the "spine", also make a side way cast more controlable...not sure if the one has more improvement?
 

ralfish

Active Member
Yeah, I've casted a 796 for a bit. Buddy had one for the week we fished together. I was really impressed. If I find a deal, I would get one as my go to beach rod. Really light, fast, yet responsive and easy to load and bombs accurate darts to the backing knot and beyond. I like the fact that in a head wind you can really power into it without it crapping out, and yet it doesn't feel like a pool cue. Its definitely a great rod in my books.
 

Dan Nelson

Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum
Thanks Dan,

appreciate the report!
Since accuracy is a relative term. I wonder why you think Z-Axis is "less" accurate than the one? could you compare those two? did the z-axis give you more lateral "wobble" caused more side way waves? or it is just "feel" less accurate.

I noticed SAGE has been focusing on this fiber alignment for a while now... a expert caster told me that the z-axis align the fiber and has reduce the "spine", also make a side way cast more controlable...not sure if the one has more improvement?
You nailed it -- less "wobble" seems to be the key. I found I was able to really load up the One and push line out with far less side drift than the Z-axis or the Orvis Hydros. Sage, I think, got the alignment and vibration tuned in nicely to help make both moderate and experts casters more accurate in their presentations with less effort. In short, I found I can put the fly EXACTLY where I want it far more frequently with the One than I can with either the Z or the Orvis rod.

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