Reimagined Generation 5 Technology – the ACCEL Fly Rod Series



Bainbridge Island, Wash. – Renowned fly rod manufacturer, Sage, brings medium-fast action single-hand, switch and two-hand fly rods to the market with the ACCEL series by reinventing proven Generation 5 technology.


“Adding a graphite hoop core and axial fiber material in the new Generation 5 technology allowed for a lighter, ultra-responsive, and livelier blank with a narrower shaft,” says Sage chief rod designer Jerry Siem. “The ACCEL permits anglers to feel the rod load for optimum casting control.”

The ACCEL comes in an emerald green blank color with olive green thread wraps with garnet and black trim wraps. Fuji ceramic stripper guides and hard-chromed snake guides and tip top complete the blank. Freshwater rods from 3-6 weights have a rosewood insert with stealth black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat and a snub-nose, half-wells cork handle. Saltwater models from 6-9 weights feature a stealth black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat and also feature a snub-nose, half-wells cork handle. The switch and two-hand models have a cork grip on both the fore and rear grips.

The ACCEL will come in a black rod bag with emerald green logo and model tag inside a leaf green ballistic nylon rod tube with a divided liner. All models come in 4-piece configurations and will be available in August. Single-hand rods will retail fro $595, switch rods will retail for $695, and the two-handed models will retail for $750.

ACCEL Alt 590

ACCEL Alt 890



ACCEL Switch


27 Responses to Reimagined Generation 5 Technology – the ACCEL Fly Rod Series

  1. Emery says:

    Absolutely great technology. What creativity to help put the ultimate fly rod in our hands.

  2. Robert Lorimer says:

    Love my sage rods. Started with DS2 and have a Z-Axis. Will never have the skill to out fish the quality of either rod!

  3. Greg Bartel says:

    Medium Fast.. Are we talking ZXL like? Will they be available in blanks?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Greg,
      It’s actually a medium-fast action rod so it’s a little faster than the old ZXL. Blanks will be available in the fall.

      -Team Sage

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  5. Brian Yates says:

    I have most sage rods all the latest the Excel when it gets to our shop next month must give Garry Coxon a phone call see if i can get over to your factory our do i need a invite.

  6. Kyle says:

    What lengths will the three weight come in?

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  8. Marjon says:

    Pretty excited to try this new release. Anyone had a good catch using this rod lately?

  9. Sam says:

    This is great stuff. It’ll help me as a rookie. Just want to ask, what’s best for a 50lbs fish prey?

  10. MIke says:

    Read a great review of ACCEL on MidCurrent. Been waiting for new releases to look over. Have plans to upgrade my 5 wt. rod this fall. Received some feedback from reviewer that ACCEL has more back bone than Loomis NRX-LP that I was considering and that it is very good at short casts. A more All Around rod. Mostly fish small waters in SE, but have western or Alaska float trip on Bucket List. Private waters here have 20″+ fish & “HOOCH” has very large Browns. PW’s require 5wt’s & above. What’s difference is there in action between 9′ & 9’6″ 5wt’s? Purpose for longer rod?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Mike,

      There is no difference in action between 9′ and 9’6″, so it predominately comes down to personal preference. Some anglers like the extra reach that the added 6″ provides while others feel they have more control with the 9′ version. Most anglers prefer the 9′ version though.

      -Team Sage

  11. HC says:

    So its closer to the “old” Z-axis in its action (My personal favorite), as i remember its was called fast action, but when im fishing it i think it feels more as a medium-fast rod.
    Hopefully you`ll write: YES.
    Then i`ll soon have a date in my flyshop :o)

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi HC,

      We’d classify the ACCEL action as being very close to that of the old Z-Axis. By today’s standards the z-axis would probably be closer to a medium-fast action.

      -Team Sage

  12. J.F. Carson says:

    Bravo Sage for putting both a casting and a fishing rod in our hands.

    I’ll probably return to the fold after looking elsewhere for a true to line weight mid-flex trout rod.

  13. J.F. Carson says:

    Which brands and specific lines does Sage recommend for the 4&5 wt Accel rods?

    I am hoping the rod doesn’t need a line 1/2 size heavier like the Rio Grand or SA GPX to cast well.

  14. William says:

    Excited to learn of the new rod range. Need to save up for these rods but they are very good.


  15. Which Sage reel do you prefer to go with the Accel 9′ 5wt?

  16. Will the Waterworks-Lamson Litespeed IV balance the Accel 9′ 5wt out nicely?

  17. Jim Rickson says:

    I have the same question as the one above as well!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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