Fiberglass Sage B 686 SFL info request

JLT

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Hi all,

I picked up an old, as far as I can tell 78/79 Sage B686SFL.

What I know is:
- Original Sage fiberglass rod - no serial, number so pre-1980, could the wraps over the hook keeper be covering one? I don't know where the serial number was placed.
- Sold as blank (B), custom wraps
- Wraps and guides are in great shape.
- cork in near perfect
- only visible wear is at the coupling and a surface blemish or two.
- Came with an equally old non matching Fenwick tube, no sock.

Should I keep this rod or just sell it? I'm apt to sell it as I have a quiver of rods and fear this would spend another 40 years in a closet. I'm sure I'd fish it a bit, but it would probably bring someone else a lot more joy. From what I can find this is a bit of a unicorn for fiberglass collectors.

I appreciate whatever info the fly hive mind may have to offer.

Thanks!

JLT

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para_adams

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I ran across a Sage B686SFL blank a few years ago and finished it out to look like a factory Sage, but once it was done it was much too fast of a rod for me...as fast as my XP but shorter. To keep or sell just depends on what you like to cast. There are those who like that rod's action out there. I like my rods fuller flexing. Either way, those very early Sage blanks are pretty cool to come across.
 
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SalterLee

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I have a Sage SFL 686 blank that was built up by a hobby builder. (as a blank they don't have serial numbers like the factory rods do). My build is nice enough that I wouldn't refinish it, but not nice enough that I won't fish it in the salt. I do agree with para_adams - it's a fast taper and I enjoy it mostly as a light saltwater / bass rod. I've caught Coho, SRC, smallmouth, chain pickerel and shad on it. Throws a line like a RIO 6WT Coastal Quickshooter quite well. As a hobby build you won't get much for it ($100-150) so I'd either make it your own project or keep it in the truck for fun 6wt streamer-type fishing when the need arises.
 

Clarkman

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I'd fish it, then make your decision. I've never fished a Sage glass, so I can't speak to that (but I've fished and own a ton of other glass...and it's fun as hell). You never know, it may just speak to you....or not.

As stated, unless there's information about the builder and it's a really well-known builder, it's probably in the range that SalterLee mentioned above.

Oh, throw up your query over on the Fiberglass flyrodders forum. There are a handful of folks over there who are literal glass historians.
 
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