CEO Travis Campbell on Bristol Bay

Sage Fly Fishing - Travis Campbell - Bristol Bay

As a fly fishing company we are a natural resource dependent business and, as such, it is in our best interest to help foster healthy fisheries, clean water, and abundant access. Simply stated, no fish, no fishing, no us. The fly fishing industry is relatively small, yet we believe our shared passion and action can help determine the fate of causes. Sometimes we champion causes in familiar home waters, however, there are times when we need to protect resources in some far off part of the world.

Bristol Bay in Alaska is one of those far off places that deserve our protection. It holds a special place in my heart because one of my brothers guided in the region for nine years and I have been lucky enough to fish there a time or two. As I typed this I got chills down my spine as I thought about a day salmon fishing in the region with my Dad and brother. It’s that special of a place.

Bristol Bay is currently under threat from an effort to develop one of the largest open pit mines ever conceived. The Pebble mine would be developed at the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers – two world class salmon and trout producing rivers. An excellent description of the mine and its scale is provided by Trout Unlimited at the following link – www.SaveBristolBay.org.

Our organization first got involved with the effort to oppose the Pebble mine in 2006 and we now find ourselves at another critical juncture in the process. The EPA recently completed a major watershed assessment of the region and the research came out overwhelmingly supporting the belief that the mine would pose a major threat to the fish and wildlife of the region. The comment period for the watershed assessment is open until July 23rd and I encourage you to take a moment to write to President Obama and your congressional delegation to let them know you support the EPA and its assessment. Click here to take action – www.SaveBristolBay.org/TakeAction.

Thank you from all of us that care about this amazing place.
Travis

Felt Soul Media’s Damnation

Sage Fly Fishing - Conservation - FSM DamNation

For those of us who have seen Felt Soul Media’s Red Gold or Eastern Rises, we are familiar with the tingly feeling the Colorado based production duo are capable of leaving an audience with. Eastern Rises, which received a handful of awards including “Best Film on Mountain Sport” at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival, is a fly fishermen’s dream. Massive rainbows gulping at mouse patterns on untouched Kamchatka rivers with a pinch of bigfoot humor and some close calls with Grizzly Bears. Between the fishing fantasies and deft touch behind the camera and computer of Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, Eastern Rises will certainly jump to the top of the fly fishing and adventure film hierarchy.

Felt Soul Media’s newest project is titled DamNation, which focuses on dam removal across the country including the Elwha River in Western Washington. The trailer was recently released and it appears the men of Felt Soul Media are continuing to raise the bar. Ideally, DamNation and Mark Titus’s The Breach will be a catalyst and ultimately a foundation for the movement towards sustainable dam removal across the country. Keep an eye out for the release of DamNation in early 2013 and check out the trailer here!

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

The Breach – A Film for the Salmon

Sage Fly Fishing - The Breach - Mark Titus

$40,000 dollars in 22 days. This is what stands between Mark Titus and his dedicated crew behind the new film The Breach. Over a year ago Mark was struck by a passage in a book that described the mighty Elwha River’s race of giant King Salmon, which produced countless one hundred pound fish. Beyond the scale bending numbers, what really grabbed Mark was the struggle and perseverance of these fish to return to the impenetrable concrete dam walls year after year.
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Undamming the Elwha

Sage Fly Fishing - Conservation - Elwha River

Nearly a year ago a partnership between KCTX 9 and EarthFix spawned a poignant documentary project on the undamming of the Elwha River. Last week the documentary was shown on Southern Oregon public television and is sure to be screened again. You can catch the film any time online, or right here!

We will be following the progress of the Elwha River closely here at Sage and hope you get involved too. For more information on the project check out this link.

Another Review, another fan: ONE Spey & Switch

Sage Fly Fishing - Product Reviews - Sage ONE Spey

Aaron at Powfly.org took some time to lay out a comprehensive review of the new Sage ONE spey & switch rods. As you may have guessed, he thought they were “phenomenal.”

Every spey and switch rod series out there has some gems and some dogs, but the new ONE’s are consistently phenomenal.

Read Aaron’s in-depth review at Powfly.org.