whats the deal with sage reels no one likes them or ?

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  1. sageman1106

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    just wondering why no one likes them ?
     
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    Who said nobody likes them? Just depends on which reels you're talking about too. I have a couple that are "ok", but definitely not that great. But have seen some of the higher end ones, they're not bad.
     
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    I got a 3850CF for upping my TU membership, and the reel didn't last very long. The spool handle broke off after less than 10 days on the water. Beautiful reel, just not very tough. Haven't bothered to get it repaired.
     
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    Nothing wrong with any of the old 500 series at all.
     
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    no one said they didnt like them i see them for sale and have tried to sell them , with very little interest , i used a 2560 great imo , i use a 4280 very nice imo , got a 4580 basic same as 2500 but better looking , havent used it , so i was looking for opinions .
     
  6. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Well yeah, Sage makes a great rod. And the older reels weren't made by them (can't remember who made them). But most people don't associate "Sage" for reels. So steer clear I'm assuming unless it's a super huge deal on it.
     
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    I find them overpriced. But that's just me.
     
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    I have always enjoyed their fly rods. I guess I kind of have a small problem when I see companies get away from what made them great, for sage it was their rods. Sage started with rods then reels them lines then clothing. I'm not sure if that was the order but eventually they had everything need to go fly fishing. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It just brothers me a little personally. On the flip side I relay enjoy Ross reals, but I don't think I would ever consider buying one of there rods.
     
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    I have several different models. I like them all. 3000 series for trout, great reels and super light. Click series for trout, great reels and super light. 1500 series, nice workhorse. I like my sage reels. Not as flashy or blingy as many others, if you need that in a reel.

    Maybe most buyers are spent post Christmas?
     
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    Ed, you want to trade me something bright and flashy for this Sage 3850CF? It needs a little TLC, but since you're closer to Sage than I am...
     
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    Next time we meet, hand it off. I'll get it in the shop for you for sure.
     
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    I had the1650 series. The least durable reel I've ever owned. Went through two and two spools in less than a year. In comparison I'm still rockin an old orvis reel I've had for over seventeen years. It gets tons of use and is still going strong. BTW, is it just me or is this an odd subforum to post this question in?
     
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    If I remember correctly, I think one of the things that turned people off with the older Sages was lack of continued spool availability on discontinued models. I'm not sure if they've address that with their newer model.

    I know folks that have the 3000 and 4200 series reels that like them a lot.
    SF
     
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    BTW just wondering what subforum should i have posted this question in , I couldnt figure out which one LOL thanks
     
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    never mind im a dummy , i just figured it out wow
     
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    pretty sure it was lamson.
     
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    Several different manufacturers have made Sage reels over the years. The first were made by Hardy, based upon the Hardy Lightweight reels I believe. Then came the reels made by Loop. Both are fairly collectible.

    The recent reels have all been made in Korea. While decent enough designed, they are, IMO, exceedingly expensive for an Asian machined reel. Take a look at the Albright or Sea Level reels for comparison and pricing, and you will see just how much of a premium the Sage name is getting.

    FYI, for heavy duty SW fishing, nothings beats a drawbar cork drag. Dependable, proven, and nothing can go wrong with them. If a pawl flips, I can fix it. It's a threaded screw and a piece of cork. That's why Abel and Tibor have so many devoted followers. Same basic drag design for 25 plus years for both.

    $.02

    Dan
     
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  18. Jerry Daschofsky

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    No. I use the LPs and a few other. The ones I was talking about were British made. Dan may be right. Maybe Hardy. The two sages I have are pretty cheap. But definitely Asian made.
     
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    The Hardy-made reels were the 500 series, back when Hardy was still making everything in England. Handsome reels, just good, basic click and pawl regulators.

    Dan
     
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    I had a couple of the 500 series. One was stolen and I sold the other one. Nice reels by the way. But you had to be careful on what you had as one had steel gears and the other had carbon gears. The spools didn't interchange.
     
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