Sage Brings Innovation and Technology to the New Xi3 Series: The Ultimate Saltwater Fly Rod

February 25, 2010 (Bainbridge Island, WA) – After six more months of rigorous field-testing since the launch and with warmer weather around the corner, Sage is proud to name the Xi3 the best saltwater rod series Sage has ever created.

Utilizing SaltH2O Technology, a proprietary taper construction providing torque and torsion for superior tracking and maximum energy efficiency, the Xi3 performs with true precision. Sage’s Generation 5 (G5) construction employs 100% graphite hoop fibers to provide more power in the butt section and increased sensitivity in the tip. The Modulus Positioning System (MPS) maximizes performance and reduces rod weight by varying the modulus or flex according to the need of each inch of the rod. This provides a startlingly acute level of line feel throughout the casting stroke and allows more efficient application of power.

“With all the design modifications and technological advances applied to the Xi3, we have created a rod that tracks seamlessly and has the backbone to pick up 60 to 70 feet of line all while significantly reducing the weight,” explains Jerry Siem, Sage Rod Designer. “We are very proud of this new design. Everyone who casts an Xi3 feels the difference immediately.”

The Xi3 Series

The Xi3 is all you needed to make your first shot count.

Other features of the Xi3 include an EVA/cork fighting butt, saltwater-safe, black anodized reel seat, and a full wells cork grip. Fuji hard chrome-plated stripping guides with Alconite inserts are used for durability and line wear resistance. The use of over-sized Tip-tops and snake guides allow smooth line movement. The Xi3 has a Pacific blue colored shaft with Electra blue trim wraps and Cobalt blue primary wraps. It comes in four pieces and in line weights from #6 to #16. The Xi3 includes a black fabric rod sock and powder-coated aluminum tube.

4 Responses to Sage Brings Innovation and Technology to the New Xi3 Series: The Ultimate Saltwater Fly Rod

  1. Barney Koehler says:

    I just received a 6ft 6in blank that is supposed to be an rpl can you tell me anything about it ? how old is it and what is the guide spacing for it and what sizes are they . thank you Barney Koehler

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Barney, What you have is a 366 LL. Guide spacing and rod building information for that rod can be found here. The LL came out in the late 80′s and some revere it as one of Sage’s best trout rods. It will have a moderate, classic action.

  2. Chris says:

    I just recently built on an Xi3 blank 9 weight. I have been putting it through its paces over the last 3 months, and I believe there is really nothing that this rod really can’t do. I have made casts over 100 feet with it, and muscled 28 inch red fish right back to the boat without a problem. The only thing I have noticed about this rod is you have to really tell it what you want from it. Other than that it is completely perfect.

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