New BASS II fly rod family from Sage is versatile and lightweight

August 18, 2011 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) –The new Bass II series of rods from Sage is designed for anglers looking to fly fish for bass and other warm water species found around the world with exactly the right tool. Ultra responsive rods with more butt strength and a new Peacock bass model offer anglers the opportunity to add varied species to tick lists.

The Bass II is an advanced performance rod that generates higher line speeds, offers greater accuracy and efficiency when casting big flies, and easier line pickup to quickly recast. This lighter weight collection has a very smooth feel but with maximum leverage to fight aggressive predators and pull big fish from cover. The ideal tool for casting big, wind resistant flies from a kayak or canoe, the Bass II rods are also a great choice for fishing deep in mangroves and salt marshes where close quarters require shorter length rods. This new family includes the new Peacock bass model which is designed specifically to pursue large, aggressive warm water species such as Pike, Muskie and Peacock bass.

Pike Pike caught on Sage BASS II fly rod - Rebekka Redd photography
“Interest in fly fishing for bass and many other warm water species is growing quickly in North America, and knowing that our customers demand the best tool for each species and fishing conditions is why we developed the Bass II series,” comments Jerry Siem, chief rod designer for Sage.

Designed for fast-action, BASS II rods are built within tournament specifications. With lengths of 7’11”, these rods are ideal for chasing Bluegill, Smallmouth, Largemouth and other larger warm water species. The saltwater safe, red anodized aluminum reel seat pairs nicely with the Tree Frog Green shaft color and rust, gold and black thread wraps. A full-wells grip has a pre-shaped cork handle customized for each rod size. The Bass II rods come in an olive ballistic nylon cloth rod/reel tube with logo and series embroidery, and an appropriate Bass II taper line is included with each line weight at a retail price of $550.

Photo: Rebekka Redd

31 Responses to New BASS II fly rod family from Sage is versatile and lightweight

  1. steve says:

    Is the 390gr. a floating line and is it for sale seperately?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Steve, the included fly line is a floating line and it is not available as a stand alone line from Sage. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  2. Robert Bays says:

    Need to know more about your Small Mouth Rod and recommended Reel. A photo of rod and reel would be appreciated. thank you,

  3. Nick Kneipp says:

    Matching up Sages Largemouth Bass flyrod with a Rio’s 9wt 375gr Outbound Short flyline. It’s an awesome combination for close quarters snag bashing for Australian Native Murray Cod.

  4. Michael Taylor says:

    I caught literlly hundreds of Pike in Canada up to 44″ on the large mouth rod. (Sent pictures to sage but they wern’t posted) What is the difference between it and the peacock rod.

    • flyfishsage says:

      The difference is size, mainly. The Largemouth Bass rod is a stiffer rod so it throws a bigger line and heavier, bigger flies. We use the Largemouth for Musky and Pike in freshwater and tarpon, big snook, and maybe some shark in the salt. Anything you would use a 10 – 12 wt rod on, you could use the Largemouth.

  5. Tim Judd says:

    Love Sage rods. Wanting shorter bass type rod for larger bass, pike, rooster fish, small tarpon, & sailfish. Don’t want 9′ rod. Is the new peacock the choice, and is it salt safe also. Please advise. Thx. ,

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Tim, You can use the Peacock for these species. The Bass and BassII rods are saltwater safe.
      Thanks for writing.

  6. Jason says:

    Picked up the largemouth rod this spring as my 7wt XP just wasn’t cutting it when it comes to pulling fish out of lilly pads and casting large wind resistant flies.

    This is a great rod but it is a specialized rod. You don’t need more than one back cast to shoot line out 30-50′ with ease. Once i figured out that false casting was counterproductive the rod really began to show it’s true worth.

    You can pick apart pockets in lilly pads faster than those using conventional tackle and with less on the water disturbance.

    Overall this is a great rod and i will probably be picking up the bluegill version for tossing big streamers to brown trout and i will continue using my 7wt XP to chase the bronzebacks….

  7. Peter says:

    Hi, i Having a hard time to decide witch Rod i sould buy for My pike fishing . The largemouth or the peacock ? Somthing thats similar to a 9/10wt Rod is what im after.

    Thanks, Peter .

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Peter,
      The Peacock rod is around a 12wt and the Largemouth is more around a 10wt. Hope this helps!

      -Team Sage

  8. Peter says:

    That actully help a lot !

    Thanks, Peter

  9. Jeremy says:

    What would be a good aftermarket line for the Peacock rod? 12wt?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Jeremy,
      It would be very hard for us to recommend anything outside of the Peacock line that comes with it but you could probably use a RIO Musky line with it. However, if your just looking to replace the line, you can purchase the Sage line individually from a dealer.

      -Team Sage

  10. Jeremy says:

    So, effectively, the Peacock is an 11/12wt? I am primarily using it in the Keys. Was not sure about the proprietary line holding up in the tropical heat.

    Thanks much

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Jeremy,
      Generally speaking these rods are more of a 12/13 wt. line. However they don’t really map perfectly to traditional line weights, that’s why they are listed in grains.

      -Team Sage

  11. Adam says:

    Hi can you use the bass line that comes with these rods in the salt?

  12. edd goodson says:

    I purchased the Sage Largemouth when it was first introduced. It has become my goto rod for big bass. What is different about the Sage Largemouth Bass II you sell today?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Edd,
      The BASS II series has upgraded components, cosmetics, and a revised taper design over the old BASS series.

      -Team Sage

  13. Charlie Altvater says:

    Can I buy just the rod separately? Also, if I wanted to use a sinking line with this rod, which would you recommend? I was looking at the Largemouth (330 grain) model…

  14. Andrew says:

    What is the line wt of the bluegill and smallmouth other than in the grain rating? Recommended reel?

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Andrew,
      We don’t really like to make a straight comparison here because a regular line doesn’t match what’s needed for these rods but the Bluegill is relative to a heavy 6wt to low 7wt. 4260 reel works great with it.

      -Team Sage

  15. What is the wt of the Sage Bass II Bluegill and the Smallmouth, not in grains. What Sage reel would you prefer as well?

    • flyfishsage says:

      We don’t really like to make a straight comparison here because a regular line doesn’t match what’s needed for these rods but the Bluegill is relative to a heavy 6wt to low 7wt and the Smallmouth is relative to a heavy 7wt to low 8wt.

      -Team Sage

  16. Michael Mick says:

    What reel would you prefer for the Bass II Smallmouth?

  17. Joao says:

    I understood that you don´t like to make a straight comparison with the “regular lines”, but
    Is that possible make a summary like below?
    Bluegill / #7-8
    Smallmouth / #9-10
    Largemouth / #10-11
    Peacock Bass / #12-13

  18. Matt griffin says:

    Just purchased the largemouth bassII and from reading this it didn’t come with a line at all, should I speak to the stockist I brought it from?(tackleworld cairns aumuller street,
    Queensland) apart from that I’ve paired it with s.a redfish 8 wt, and also have a s.a streamer express 9 wt set up, looking foreward to giving the rod a stretch on some barramundi in the morning

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