New Sage Rod series: The One


There are exceptions and a rod that was good 15 years ago is still good today. But as much as I like my RPL+ and the way it casts, it ain't a Z-Axis. And I imagine that the XP will start to look a little big and stiff compared with a ONE. Does that mean the RPL and the XP are lousy rods? Hell no. Does it mean you won't be able to catch fish with them any more? Hell no, again. But if you argue that the new ones are no better than the old ones -- nothing more than a new name and paint job -- I'd have to disagree.

Not saying new technology doesn't make for a better rod. They may end up being a tad lighter and help me cast another foot or two but I don't need that. As it is right now I can cast as well as needed under most conditions, mend as well as needed, and at the end of the day I'm not grabbing for a bottle of Ibuprofen. How do you improve on that?

I'm as much of a gear whore as anyone.... My Abel, Tibor, Bauer, etc can verify that. But, no need for a rod that may help me cast another foot and weighs a couple grams less than what I currently own. In another 10 or so years I'm sure I'll add ONE to my arsenal and love it.

My bigger concern is do I buy my Grady back from my friend or stick with the current boat that works perfectly fine for its application..:)


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I am going to get "one" because they are shiny black and I like shiny black things. It is going to be coolest rod on the water. If I start saving now I might be able to get "one" by the time they come out with "two".

Car makers figured out a long time ago they can make more money selling new cars if they produce a model year every year. Software companies figured out the way to financial freedom was thru upgrades to existing products and new products every couple of years. Even beverage makers are now creating a new brew every year or so. I seen hard ice tea advertised recently. What next? They still need to make their products better or at the very least convince the consumer that they are better. Nothing new as far as new stuff goes. In a year or two there will be another model out that is better than the last. Those that want one will get one, those that don't will talk about it here.


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Yep. Bought me a Sage DS back in '94. It was good enough then and it's good enough now. All this new fangled, high falutin' crap is just a bunch of new fangled, high falutin' crap as far as I'm concerned.

Now get off my lawn.


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I like my sage SFL, LL, SP, and SLT. All rods i thoroughly enjoy fishing. I look forward to the sage rod specifically
designed to help me better manage my time, so i'm able to spend more time on the water. I'd buy a few of those!


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What i think is funny is how many fly fisherman truly do not know how to cast good and still buy these high dollar newest of the new rods . i've been watching local fly guys at a local fly only lake and most just kick their fins trolling around and cast about 30 feet in a half circle when they do cast . most just troll a woolly bugger and wonder why they are not catching many fish . Over my years at fly fishing i have seen very few "GOOD" casters that would really benefit from most of the super fast rods of today .

Heck we got back to the ramp on wensday and a guy asked if we did any good ? when i said 25 or 30 he looked mad and never said another word to us , my friend told me after i got the truck that he new the guy didn't believe us and thought we had lied to him . what ever !


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Black Ice? Wrong color. It doesn't fit the all-important image I project of myself as a fly fisherman of high class and impeccable taste. I'll wait for a different color, better looking model.

I've never once been fly fishing and thought, "this really sucks, because my rod is too old or too cheap. I would rather be doing something else." Maybe if I could actually be on the water every other day I could justify that kind of gear, but then I wouldn't be able to afford it. Oh well, I'm a cheapskate anyway.


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The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement...
Geez it's a fly rod!

Besides my rods are a reflection of myself, slower, heavyer, and older.:D
Didn't they screw themselves for the next model? What comes after the "One"? "The Next One"? "The Other One"? "No Seriously, This is the One"? "For Real....This is the One"!
Geez . It`s really quite simple . Pay attention will ya fellas . Sage already had the 99 , now they have THE ONE . Jerry Siemens is going to be busy - there`s a huge void that needs to be filled .
Personally , I`ve always like the number 37 . That`s the one - oops - model I`m holding out for . Bring it .