I'll name some names for you - Loomis, Burkheimer, Meiser, Winston, Thomas & Thomas, Anderson, or for pete's sake - Leonard!?!?, Payne!?!?, Granger!?!?,....and countless others. Buncha arrogant bastards I guess. I'm a Sage fan too, but that statement was just silly.
iagree I'm really not craving any rod at the moment (well maybe one http://www.kabutorods.com/ ). But I hardly fish the rods that I have already. My buddy lets me fish his Sage XP 4wt once in a while and in all honesty I like my old 8.5ft Redington Crosswater 3/4wt that I lifted off Sierra Trading Post several years ago for < $30 just as much. It's probably because I have insufficient skills to truly appreciate the nuances of the Sage and I'm accustom to fishing the Crosswater. Blissful ignorance can be a wonderful thing...
Bob you just don't get it do you. All of the Sage dealers are going to have a medical staff on board and the ONE will be surgically attached to the buyers arm. Truely it will an extension of the casters arm..
C'mon guys....It's NEW.....It's SEXY....It will get you DATES......although cheap beer and fish is all you want.
Just wait....Next month the "TACTICAL" comes out in stealth gray with laser sight carbon fiber grip and extended fly magazine.......
A nice little cardboard tube arrived on my doorstep today – inside was a slim black aluminum tube containing a very slim black 4-piece wand.
It got a bit wet today, but only from uncontrollable drool. Tomorrow it will be christened in the Yakima before venturing north to Alaska for the next week. I'll share my thoughts / findings here first (even before going out to my paying publications). Joining in the field testing will be a Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer (my brother) and a handful of other outdoor professionals.
Stay tuned for our first impressions and in-depth field notes.
I got to cast them last week, and it was amazing. Simply the most accurate, light, easy casting rod I've ever handled. I admit to a preference for fast action, high performance rods, and can spend whatever I want on my equipment. We cast side by side with the NRX, same models (9' for a 5, etc) and I was astounded. It was even better for my taste than the Loomis. I found the same kind of difference as when I cast my first graphite after years of fiberglass compared to what I've been used to.. I got to test the Z when they first came out, and wasn't nearly so impressed. My quandary is what to get first.
If you're looking for a beach rod, try the 9'6" for a six weight.