Sage Introduces CIRCA Fly Rod for 2013 [Video]

CIRCA - Fly Fishing - Performance Fly Rods - Slow Action - New for 2013

If you’re a devotee of the casting nuances of the slow action fly rod, a student of its historic ties to our sport, or just like the thrill of moving in close to actively feeding fish, consider our new CIRCA rod a reward for your years of dedication.

But be warned: the CIRCA does not mimic the type of slow action that has so far defined the category – overly soft, willowy and flat. Instead, thanks to Konnetic technology’s ability to compact and align more carbon fibers into a smaller diameter blank, we were able to design a radically narrow taper throughout the length of the rod, resulting in consistently slow, yet responsive action from butt to tip. Our new CIRCA rod is a technologically advanced slow-action fly rod that honors your slower, more deliberate casting style, yet is every bit a Sage.

“My goal for this rod was to apply the performance advantages of modern materials on a very sleek, slender shaft that would load down in the hand for a fishing tempo like glass, or bamboo while providing the crucial need for accuracy.” Notes Sage Chief Fly Rod Designer, Jerry Siem. “The CIRCA is a rod that, once it’s in your hands, enables you to improve as an angler by identifying where, why and how you can put a fly on the water. The CIRCA is definitely going to bring new life into the sport of trout fishing.”

Jerry is featured in Sage’s newly produced CIRCA video which elaborates the CIRCA story. Beautifully shot in Central Washington, sit back and enjoy the new CIRCA video.

Excited? So are we! The CIRCA rod collection will be available through Sage specialty dealers in August and September in the following models:
279-4, 379-4, 389-4, 479-4, 489-4, and 589-4.

Here are some key features of the CIRCA:
Low-Profile Ferrules. The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows us to reduce the weight of our all-graphite ferrule connections by nearly 70%. Improved aerodynamics plus lighter weight contribute to lighter blanks.

Green Tea Color. The CIRCA’s elegant and inviting green finish is accented by Olive primary thread wraps with Slate colored trim wraps.

Vera wood insert with black aluminum reel seat and winding check pattern create a perfect combination.

Custom Cork Handle. Snub-nose, half-Wells grip. The cork is custom formed to match the exact taper of the CIRCA rod, providing a snug fit that helps communicate casting feedback for utmost accuracy.

Round Tip Eye. This Sage-designed tip-top never pinches or binds the line, allowing the caster to make mends and cast in any direction with full control.

Slim Profile Rod Tube. Only 1 5/8” in Desert Gold color, plus a unique rod bag: like a chameleon, its gold silk-screened colors flash between gold and green in the light.

The CIRCA will be available for $745 to $775 depending on model.

For more information on this new, award-winning fly rod, read the official press release here:

Sage Introduces Advanced Slow Action Fly Rods with the CIRCA Collection

June 28, 2012 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – Sage Manufacturing, fly-fishing industry leader, delivers advanced technology to the world of slow action rods. The CIRCA collection reinvents the slow action rod category with a deliberately more relaxed casting tempo combined with a fast recovery, pinpoint accuracy and extraordinary overall performance. The CIRCA is the ultimate dry fly rod that will enable anglers to maximize the dry fly fishing experience with all of the performance expected from a Sage rod.

“The CIRCA collection debuted at the EFTTEX show in Paris earlier this month and won the Best Fly Rod award for 2012, which is our second such award within the past two years,” says Sage Marketing Manager, Eric Gewiss. “Given the competition for the award, the CIRCA is clearly a pioneering product that will cause the industry to take notice. This is unlike any collection that Sage has ever offered and is the ideal rod to add to any dry fly angler’s collection. I am extremely excited about this new and unique rod family. Konnetic™ technology is what has made it all possible.”

Using Konnetic technology, the CIRCA collection packs more carbon fiber into a smaller diameter resulting in a radically narrow taper through the length of the rod. This technology creates a consistently slow yet responsive action from butt to tip. Casts are methodically smooth and graceful yet pleasantly crisp and purposeful. Enhanced sensitivity gives anglers the precision and control needed for delicate presentations making ‘match-the-hatch’ fisheries ideal for these fly rods.

“My goal for this rod was to apply the performance advantages of modern materials on a very sleek, slender shaft that would load down in the hand for a fishing tempo like glass, or bamboo while providing the crucial need for accuracy,” notes Sage Chief Fly Rod Designer, Jerry Siem. “The CIRCA is a rod that once it’s in your hands, enables you to improve as an angler by identifying where, why and how you can put a fly on the water. The CIRCA is definitely going to bring new life into the sport of trout fishing.”

With six different four-piece models in the collection from 2-weight through 5-weight, the CIRCA fly rods feature a Green Tea shaft color with Olive and Slate color trim wraps. The Vera wood insert with black aluminum reel seat and winding check pattern create an aesthetically pleasing combination. A custom Sage snub nose half-wells grip completes the rod that comes in a black rod bag with iridescent Black Hills Gold silkscreen in a 1 5/8” Desert Gold rod tube with a black cap.

The CIRCA rod collection will be available through Sage specialty dealers in August and September for a retail price ranging from $745 to $775.

About Konnetic™ Technology:
Konnetic technology, the most recent and significant evolution in fly rod innovation, uses new materials combined with pioneering manufacturing methods and processes. This technology incorporates an optimized ratio of Sage’s proprietary resin to exclusive high modulus aerospace-grade carbon fiber.

The latest construction methods include Sage’s Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS); a process that precisely aligns and positions carbon fiber materials to exacting tolerances for the greatest blank strength delivering extremely efficient energy transfer throughout the shaft. Using Sage’s High Compression Molding process, carbon fibers are compacted for optimum density and precise alignment while simultaneously fusing the 50% lighter all-carbon fiber inner core.

About Sage:
Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind – to build the world’s finest performance fly rods. Passionate about creating fly fishing products that continually exceed expectations, Sage strives to seek performance advantages through new materials and designs based on a foundation of research and innovation. Sage also offers fly reels, fly lines, apparel, accessories and luggage for avid anglers. For more information, please visit http://www.sageflyfish.com

23 Responses to Sage Introduces CIRCA Fly Rod for 2013 [Video]

  1. Jeremy Kurtz ; Owner/founder of ultralightflyfishing.com says:

    It’s nice to see Sage develop a slow action graphite rod. The $745-$775 price tag is a bit insane though.

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  5. Kevin McNicholas says:

    What I need is an 11 foot ESN.

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  9. Andy says:

    I want one of these new Circa rods; 589-4 cool

  10. jeff bailey says:

    Live in the real world life isn’t free. Development cost money, sponser yourself. Great Rod Sage !!!!!

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  12. Geir Kjensmo says:

    I very much look forward for slow action high performance fly rods. Been looking for slow action rods for many years; especially two-handed spey rods are best with slow parabolic action. So I hope Sage will build two-handed rods also with such action. Up to now I have built my own series of parabolic action two-handed rods; these 3-piece and bottom- (handle) section made out of splitcane!

  13. David says:

    Really? You can buy a custom built fiberglass rod for half the price that probably fishes just as well, if not better. I think Sage is about 50 years behind. Just my opinion.

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  17. bruce christopherson says:

    Hey, guys.

    You can also buy a fly rod at Wal Mart for $15 that will catch fish, but that isn’t the point, is it?

    If the price of a fine rod is too high, buy something cheaper!

  18. Alex Argyros says:

    I was wondering how the 8’9″ 3 wt. Circa compares with the Sage LL in the same configuration (389)?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Alex,
      There’s quite a bit differences and similarities in comparing the two that we could write pages and pages on. For a more detailed answer please contact our tech line at (800) 533-3004 or email us at productinfo@sageflyfish.com

  19. J Williams says:

    Could you recommend a few fly lines wt.5 for the circa rod? There are tons available. Was considering a Rio LT DT.Thanks

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi J,
      Line recommendations are kind of subjective but we suggest either the RIO LT DT or the RIO Gold.

      -Team Sage

  20. Dave Holland says:

    I had the pleasure of casting the new circa (479) at my local fly shop and immediately fell in love with it. I built a LL 20 yrs ago and am ready to build another one to mitigate the cost and for the pleasure of the experience. I was happy to see some dealers selling circa blanks. Could anyone recommend components for the circa?

    Dave

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