Sage's new product: CIRCA - A Performance slow action rod series

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  1. Mark Mercer

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    I'm curious to see if it's really a "slow action" or more of a medium, whatever it is it's a step in the right direction. If it's even close to my Biit it might be good, if it's too slow not too many people will buy it. I cast the ONE the other day and the NRX, both 9' 5wt's....... they can keep em both IMO!
     
  2. Olive bugger

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    Any movement away from the four piece rods back to the two piece rods?

    I can't get enough of my 9 ft. 5 wt. SLT I got in 2002. Great rod.
     
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    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    If you have The One, why on earth would you need another rod?
     
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    Because the "one" is for everything but this one...CIRCA...the residual rod.
     
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    _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    Oh...I get it. We have reached the epitomy of fast rods and now need to revert back to slow so we can spend the next 30 years making the journey again.
     
  6. Lugan

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    I'm happy to see Sage slow it down, though I have no idea why they'd pick graphite for a slow rod (assuming it is truly slow, and not just medium). After all, Sage is a spin-off of Fenwick in the late 1970's, and their first rods were glass (in addition to graphite) when the company was called Winslow Manufacturing. They switched to all graphite about the time they changed their name to avoid confusion with Winston. I recently owned a Sage fiberglass rod that was very sweet. More about Sage's early slow glass rods here: http://fiberglass-fly-rods.pbworks.com/w/page/5183000/Sage

    Meantime, Leland's options sound good, plus there are a slew of modern fiberglass rod makers who do great engineering and artistry: Mike McFarland, Mark Steffen, Mario Wojnicki, Scott's F2 series, T&T and many more: http://fiberglass-fly-rods.pbworks.com/w/page/5182995/Modern Rods

    I still look forward to casting one of the Circa rods. It should be unique.
     
  7. Nooksack Mac

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    Maybe we should talk about slow action fly rods, their virtues and limits. I like slower rods, especially when I'm more concerned about presentation, and seeing the white in the wings of a #16 Parachute Adams than I am in reaching the bank on the far shore. But really slow rods are lousy casting instruments. You may not need to cast a tight loop, but you need some butt-stiffness to play a fish of respectable size, or to cast farther than you can throw the line with your hand. As an example, take my six foot, two section, five weight fiberglass Herter - please! Offers will be entertained. I don't think I fished it more than a few times. False casting to extend line a foot at a time ain't much fun.
     
  8. Lugan

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    Like graphite and cane, not all glass is created equally. There are glass dogs for sure, but gems as well. I just spent 4 days this past weekend/week fishing spring creeks using just glass rods. I cast mostly big meat with a 6wt and 7wt rods from Steffen, and they are most assuredly both excellent casters (even in wind) and can stop a 20" trout from running wild.
     
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    yeah, that , here ! here !
     
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    Fyi, $250 in 1986 would only be about $490 today.
     
  12. Kyle Smith

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    I just hope this rod pushes the price of a ZXL way down so I can afford one.
     
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    I'm going to add some speculation here, but my guess is that this rod won't be the TXL-F or ZXL replacement. I am expecting that if/when either of those rods are "upgraded" or discontinued their replacements will be similar in nature to the Z being replaced by One.

    This Circa seems more like another addition of a "niche" rod in Sage's lineup--think ESN, 99.

    There are few if any products out there--inside the fishing industry or not-- with the Made in the USA stamp on them and few if any of them are as cheap as they once were. I for one am glad to see an American company holding strong in the world marketplace.
     
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    +1 !!!
     
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    That is awesome Jim! I'll go for that in a few years too!