WTB Sage LL 389-3

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Yak

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I have a 389-4LL Classic #421 that I purchased new and have never fished. Put it together a couple times and wiggled it. Not sure I will want to part with it, but maybe if the right offer came along I may be tempted. Shoot me a PM with a reasonable offer and we can go from there.
 
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Make sure you'll specify that your 389-3 is constructed from the Graphite III version, as the GII version rods cannot have a replacement section done by Sage. Sage still has some GIII left in case you break a tip, etc. Good luck w/ your search. You will cherish the 389 once you find one. I bought a couple of them recently.
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
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Make sure you'll specify that your 389-3 is constructed from the Graphite III version, as the GII version rods cannot have a replacement section done by Sage. Sage still has some GIII left in case you break a tip, etc. Good luck w/ your search. You will cherish the 389 once you find one. I bought a couple of them recently.
If you do break a Graphite 2 rod Sage replaces it with a current modulus graphite. There's an extra cost as the lower section(s) are also needed.
 

wichaka

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It appears 389's are coming up regularly on ebay.

Hopefully you can grab one of them.

I got a GII 379 awhile back. I notice they have a different reel seat than the GIII's.
 
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Thanks for all the help/advice guys! Does anyone know difference in action from GII vs GIII? Also which one is more sought after in terms of collectability? Any LL experts on here? Thanks again!
 
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Thanks for all the help/advice guys! Does anyone know difference in action from GII vs GIII? Also which one is more sought after in terms of collectability? Any LL experts on here? Thanks again!
I have several of the LL series rods and the graphite III is more desirable. There will be a few folks who would say that a graphite II 389 has a more bamboo like feel and a bamboo collector would probably prefer the bit slower action of the graphite II. I would stay with a graphite III and you'll find most folks will want that series down the road if you resell it. If you do own and break a section on a graphite II, Sage will replace it with a newly built graphite III. I had this happen with a 389 GII and for a $185 upcharge they built me a new graphite III. They also have a spare tip program...great idea if you intend to fish and keep your LL's. I sent in a 389, 4711 and a 490 for spare tips and I think I paid around $150 each for new factory (exact match color) tips. I will be sending a 586 in shortly. The LL's are my favorite series of Sage rods. You'll love yours when you find one.
 

Kent Lufkin

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I have a friend's 379LL GII in my garage right now. I spent a day with it last year with it during week on Kelly Creek and it made an indelible impression.

(For the record I fish bamboo regularly and the LL was the only graphite rod I fished during that week in Idaho. My impression then was that it was a slightly faster version of the Leonard Duracane, Thomas & Thomas Special Trouter, Monsos Convex and Orvis Flea cane rods I had also brought. I didn't need to make major changes in my timing to compensate for it's action.)

Although I came home with a very positive impression of the LL, with literally a dozen and a half cane rods in my closet, I didn't feel a compelling need to track down a LL to add to my arsenal. But with all the talk about the Redington CTs last fall when they were on closeout, I ended up pulling the trigger on a 6-piece 3wt for $120 for backpacking trips. I find the CT to be quite similar to the LL but the question for me though is just HOW similar the two rods are. I imposed on my friend again to borrow his LL with the aim of casting it side by side with the CT.

Sadly life keeps getting in the way and at the rate I'm going, it'll be a couple more months before I get them both strung up and cast. When I do I'll recruit a couple other friends to join me and post a report wiht all our impressions.

K
 
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