Sage uses Konnetic technology in its new European Style Nymph rod family

August 18, 2011 (Bainbridge Island, WA)–Sage Manufacturing, fly–fishing industry leader, announces a new category of fly rod using Konnetic™ technology called the ESN (European Style Nymph). Designed to fit most styles of European tournament nymph fishing, this style of short–line, contact nymphing is gaining popularity in North America.

As heavy fishing pressure tends to push trout out of open feeding areas into faster, choppy runs protected by rocks and structure. Europeans developed a style of direct line nymphing using multiple, weighted flies fished under tension on light tippets to systematically dissect these micro-environments, catching fish when no other method could.

Konnetic technology allows for a very slim profile and extremely light rod which makes it ideal for the repetitive casts this precision method requires. The ESN’s supple, sensitive tip enhances feeling the take with a backbone powerful enough to quickly set the hook and land the fish. The ESN was designed around a brand new taper that is made with a unique compound-tapered mandrel which gives the rod the sensitivity at the tip and strength in the butt section.

“The advantage in using the ESN when fishing this style comes in the tip section,” notes Sage’s chief rod designer, Jerry Siem. “Konnetic technology allowed us to build a very small diameter shaft which enables better detection of takes while still being strong enough for a vigorous hook set, which is ideal with Czech, Polish, French or Spanish nymphing.”

High–end features abound on each medium action, 4-piece rod. A high grade, custom shaped half wells grip matches perfectly with the cocobolo wood reel seat insert with dark nickel aluminum reel seat components. The Forest Green shaft color is beautifully complemented by the dark green primary thread wraps with gold trim wraps. An evergreen colored powder coated aluminum rod rube has gold components and the rod sock has a gold silk-screened logo. Available in 2-5 line weights, the ESN fly rods retail for $699.

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.

8 Responses to Sage uses Konnetic technology in its new European Style Nymph rod family

  1. Larry says:

    Sounds good and it’s about time, but I have not heard what lengths they come in, could you fill me in? Hopefully lengths to 11+ feet, progressive taper. Thanks.

  2. Donald Wood says:

    Hi:

    I fish mostly Eastern Sierra Owens River and relatively small water with occasional still water areas. Am hoping to get up to the Pit River this fall. Am interested in the Sage One. Need recommendations for length and weight. Currently fish an old sage xp 9′ 5 weight. Am a intermediate fly fisherman on a good day. Also please recommend a reel. Since I only fish fresh water would click series work. Finally recommend fly line as well. Mostly I like dry fly with some nymphing or a fly and a dropper. However on a good day I’m lucky to catch (and release) a single trout. Most the time I spend helping my youngest son fly fish, untangling tackle, or tying on another fly for him. Its a father’s love and joy and I really don’t mind. But when I get to throw a line or two in between I want each cast to count if you get my drift.

    Best,

    Donald Wood

    Thanks

    • flyfishsage says:

      Hi Donald, The 486-4 One rod will compliment your current XP. It will also be a nice rod for the Pit and other small Sierra streams. For the occasional stillwater excursions, your 590 XP will be great, and is a nice rod for your son to help him get acquainted with fly fishing. The Click III reel will compliment the 486-4 nicely, as will the 4250 in the Bronze color. For a line, the WF4F RIO Gold is a great line on the ONE.

      • Melissa says:

        Donald, I used to fish the Pit all the time and I would recommend a 9’6 or a 10 6 weghit One as the perfect pit rod. Longer rod for more control and the light weghit of the One will help when high stick’n the Pit. Say Hi to my old friend and check out deep creek camp ground area.

  3. Stephen Garner says:

    Im just picked up the 690-4 One rod with the 4550 and Rio gold WF6F. Now when people ask me what are they bitting on?, I can tell them “the end of my line!”

    Casting shadows scares fish.

    Casting a Sage catches fish!

  4. Ranger says:

    Donald, I used to fish the Pit all the time and I would recommend a 9’6” or a 10′ 6 weight One as the perfect pit rod. Longer rod for more control and the light weight of the One will help when high stick’n the Pit. Say Hi to my old friend and check out deep creek camp ground area.

  5. guli says:

    The ESN looks fine, but… the 11 foot suits european nymphing. Maybe next year. Lots of people are waitting for it.

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