Sage Reimagines Reel Design with the EVOKE


Sage Reimagines Reel Design with the EVOKE
June 17, 2013 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – Fly fishing industry leader, Sage Manufacturing, introduces a completely new reel design called the EVOKE. These reels provide anglers with all of the drag strength and adjustability they desire coupled with a unique structural design that offers distinct fishing benefits. The reels feature a modified full frame design that contains the line while at the same time allowing access to both rims of the spool for palming while fighting fish.

“In our ongoing effort to push the boundaries of innovative reel designs, our R&D team developed this amazing modified frame,” notes Eric Gewiss, Sage marketing manager. “The top part of the frame is closed which eliminates the possibility of errant line mishaps while the bottom of the spool is exposed so the angler can apply palming or fingertip pressure to either side of the reel.”

The large arbor EVOKE reels use the same proven Sealed Carbon System drag design as Sage’s popular 6000 series reels. The large, easy-to-grab, one revolution drag knob has detents from 1 to 39 for more finesse when dialing-in the desired drag resistance.

EVOKE reels are fully machined and will be available in both 8 and 10 weights. The reels come in three color options including: stealth/platinum, bronze/platinum and stealth/blaze. The 8-weight reel retail price is $575, the 10-weight retails for $595 and the spools retail for $275 and $295, respectively. Both reels will be available in August 2013.

Two New Reels From Sage Offer Anglers Affordable Quality


Two New Reels From Sage Offer Anglers Affordable Quality
June 13, 2013 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – This summer, fly fishing industry leader Sage Manufacturing reveals the 3200 and 2200 series, two new fully-featured fly reel designs offered at prices every angler will appreciate.

The fully machined, durable 3200 series is based on the proven 4200 reel design. These reels include a custom stainless steel clutch bearing inside Sage’s reliable Sealed Carbon System for a drag that performs every time. The large arbor design allows for quick retrievals, and the large, one revolution drag knob ensures the drag is set correctly at a quick glance. Available in three sizes to accommodate 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 weight lines, 3200 series reels come in two colors including black/platinum and platinum. These reels range from $199 to $239 and will be available at retail stores in August.

Sage’s new, large arbor 2200 reel series are machined die cast aluminum, but thanks to a refined machining process, these reels have exacting tolerances resulting in a more finished look than traditional die cast reels. The reels feature fully machined handles and drag knobs and are highlighted by Sage’s Sealed Carbon System drag technology. Anglers will appreciate the technical design features at an attractive price. Available in line four models for line weights 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10. The 7-8 and 9-10 sizes are ideal for Switch and Spey anglers thanks to ample capacity for larger line diameters. 2200 series reels come in black/platinum and black/blaze for a surprising retail price of $129-$159. Available at retail stores in August.

New Sage MOTIVE Rods Make Saltwater Fly Fishing More Accessible


New Sage MOTIVE Rods Make Saltwater Fly Fishing More Accessible
June 13, 2013 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – As more and more anglers take to saltwater to expand their fly fishing experiences, industry leader Sage Manufacturing, introduces the MOTIVE fly rod series. MOTIVE saltwater rods are constructed of time-proven materials and embody Sage’s immense experience pursuing many hard-fighting saltwater species. The MOTIVE features an all-new taper design creating a powerful, fast-action rod that loads quickly to deliver heavy saltwater flies with the distance and accuracy the sport demands.

MOTIVE rods feature a strong butt section with fighting butt and full-wells grip to provide the necessary strength to fight and control large game fish. Heavy saltwater lines slip easily through the oversized guides, and the aluminum reel seat and saltwater compatible components round out the features. Built on a bluefin blue blank, the rods have blue primary thread wraps with royal blue and black trim wraps and come in a blue steel colored, ballistic nylon rod tube with divided liner.

MOTIVE rods will be available at retail in August 2013 with five, nine-foot rods ranging from 8 to 12 weights. The rods will retail for $425.

Travel Confidently with Sage’s New Fly Rod Tubes and Cases

fly rod tubes

Travel Confidently with Sage’s New Fly Rod Tubes and Cases
June 13, 2013 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – Fly fishing industry leader, Sage Manufacturing, offers anglers peace of mind with its redesigned Ballistic Rod Tubes and Traditional Rod Tubes.

Updated in form and function, Sage’s new Ballistic Rod Tubes feature heavy duty ballistic nylon, lockable zippers, updated shoulder straps, reinforced end caps and divider pockets. Available in multiple sizes including single and multi-rod tubes, single rod/reel cases, spey rod/reel cases and double rod/reel cases, anglers have plenty of options for daily use or for extended travel. Ranging in price from $40 to $75, Ballistic Rod Tubes come in 17 size options and will be available in August.

Sage’s Traditional Rod Tubes offer anglers a classic, lightweight option for the most popular sizes of freshwater and saltwater rods. Available in the stealth color with a platinum colored Sage medallion, both 2 and 2.25-inch models accommodate a wide selection of fly rods. The freshwater Rod Tubes will retail for $65 and the saltwater for $70. Both will be available in August.

Hail To The Worm



By Cathy Beck
Here I am on the Rio Malleo, which is perhaps the best dry fly river in all of Patagonia, and my Argentine/Italian guide Nicco is suggesting that I fish a worm. I can’t believe it. In his defense we have had two days of horrendous winds with few if any hatches. Nicco smiles and reminds me that we have yet to see a fish rise today. I look at the red San Juan worm and wonder what Ronnie Olson would think. He’s our host and San Huberto lodge owner. My husband Barry and I are here hosting a group of friends and fly fishermen and we sell this river on its history of prolific hatches. I try to picture myself back at the lodge when someone asks what fly worked for me today. Would I say a size 18 blue winged olive because that’s what should be hatching or would I fess up and say, Oh, a size 10 red San Juan worm, and blame it on Nicco.

And then how about Nicco. He’s a guide’s guide if there ever was one. He’s one of the best, but one look at him and you have to scratch your head – his wading boots are falling apart, his waders are torn beyond repair, he says he just broke his landing net as well as his new Sage One. He was putting the rod into a rod rack in his truck when the tip got stuck, Ouch. His check engine light is on in his truck and his speedometer is broken. If you didn’t know him, you would have to wonder if this guy is so bad that no one tips him or is his gear in shambles because he works that hard. I know from experience that it’s the latter. Nicco will do anything to get his clients into a fish.

To be honest I have a number of worm patterns in my fly boxes including a selection of rubber band worms that I find are much more effective than the vernille worms. And we just returned from a month of hosting trips in New Zealand where the rubber band worm reigns but this is different, this river is unique and it has a long list of aficionados who play by the rules with 6x and tiny dries. That said, we tie on the worm, add a strike indictor, and off to the dark side we go.

An hour into it and we have lost two and landed four including a nice cart-wheeling 16 inch rainbow. I’m not feeling the slightest bit of guilt anymore. Action is action. Oh, I almost forgot – the 6x tippet has been replaced with Rio 4x and the fish don’t care. They seem eager to egg the worm regardless of tippet size. Nicco says it’s time to move to another pool, he thinks we’ve worn out our welcome here so we move on upstream.

The Rio Malleo flows through the Olsen family’s San Huberto estancia and has over 20 beats. There are few rivers that can offer the mixed bag of fishing opportunities of this queen of spring creeks. We are fishing beat number three on the upper end of the Olsen’s property and as we come around a bend we are treated to a full view of the Lanin Volcano with its majestic snowcapped peak. The view reminds me that the mountain alone is worth the trip. Nicco points to the head of a deep run and says that there is a really nice brown that hangs out there. We start at the bottom of the pool and patiently work our way up. A pint size rainbow who acts likes he’s bigger than he is takes the worm and jumps all over the pool. Oh great, just what we need to alert any good size fish that might live here.

The head of the pool is within reach now. My cast lands and I watch as the strike indicator comes swiftly back to me without pause. Another cast, and then two more, when Nicco says just one more. This time the indictor disappears as if it was never there and the eight foot nine little four weight Sage Circa is straining against something that spells size. A few minutes later the brown in the net is smaller than I would have guessed from the fight that has just ended. Nicco pulls out a faded measuring tape and says twenty inches on the mark. I ask to take a look and can barely see the faded twenty inch mark, but it’s there and this is a beautiful wild brown, and yes, in the corner of its mouth is Nicco’s red San Juan worm.

It’s almost dark as we arrive back at the lodge and most of our group is gathered on the porch hanging waders and gear and sharing thoughts on the day. I begin to think of a way to get around the worm thing when one of our guests, Steve Binnick, walks up to me and of all things asks, “Did you bring any San Juan worms”? I am saved.

Adios. From the banks of the Rio Malleo and the San Huberto lodge.


Fly Fishing Team USA Rocky Mountain Regional Qualifier

Lone Haggler Reservoir

Right Tools For The Job
Far Bank Pro site manager Russell Miller was out competing in the Fly Fishing Team USA Rocky Mountain Regional competition over April 19th and 20th. Here is what he has to say about a 3rd place finish.

Going into this competition I imagined fishing in a T-shirt on the banks of the Big Thompson River under a clear blue Colorado sky. I knew that would not be the case when my flight from Seattle to Denver was delayed over 5 hours due to heavy amounts of spring time slop along the Front Range. Plans change and as a competitive fly fisherman you have to be prepared for any number of changing factors on the water. During competitions I have watched rivers double in size during a three hour session, lakes that change from glass to whitecaps, and in Colorado I watched our venue, Lake Estes freeze over in two days.

So we adapted. We changed the venues around in a last minute scramble. The competitors would be fishing a session on the Big Thompson and a session on Mother Lake at Sylvandale Guest Ranch and then the next day fish Lone Haggler reservoir, one bank venue and one boat venue. We would be fishing three lakes and a river over the course of two days to name a winner.

Day One.

My draw put me staring into a cold, 34 cfs, snowy beat on unseasonably crisp morning on the Big Thompson. I knew that the only places that I was going to find active fish would be in the sunny spots or the deepest water. That was my game plan. I rigged up the 3100-4 ESN with 6x to my team of flies and got to work. I spent the next three hours fishing from my knees euro nymphing with a variety of small hand tied jigged Pheasant Tail variations, small midges, and a few BWO patterns that are top producers. For the first hour and a half I did not touch a fish. They just weren’t away in this stretch I was telling myself. Finally I parked on what was the deepest, darkest, slowest hole on my beat and dredged down deep. Second cast, whack! Brown trout on and in the net! This continued at a rate of about a fish every 5 minutes. I had found my fish and just needed to work them. Once the bite slowed I would mix it up, change flies, and give them something fresh. At the end of my three hours, I had enough fish scored to take a second place in my group.

Mother Lake is a spring fed, brood stocked, muddy bottom, private lake. I would be willing to bet that a trout under 18 inches simply does not exist in there. Managed as a trophy pond Mother was going to be a real hoot. I made my first few casts from the bank using my trusted RIO Midge Tip line fished in a very static presentation with three “buggy” flies. It was not more than two casts before my 7100-4 ONE rod doubled over and a beautiful 24” hen fell victim to a slim chironomid pattern. I thought the rest of the session would be easy. My 15 yard stretch of bank had good structure and I knew that I could find more fish. After 30 minutes of no success with the midge tip I switched it out for the new In-Touch type 3 and began pulling flies right above some weed beds about 8-12 feet down. The fish were so eager to take my offering that I had to deal with 4 clean break offs on 4x. Brutal! By the end of the session I only had 4 fish, but they totaled over 77 inches. A good friend of mine had four as well, but they were 2 centimeters longer. Another 2nd place.

Day Two

Heading down to the Hag. Boat sessions fished Loch style are my personal favorite. Unlike a bank or river beat, you have freedom to make decisions on where to go on the lake. One can never complain about a bad stretch of water, only poor choices made during the three hours. My boat partner and I decided on the far SW corner of the lake while all of the other boats ran toward the dam. I figured it was either going to be feast or famine for us on this stocker lake. Well with a light chop and the wind at our backs we found a pod of stocker rainbows that provided consistent action. As they say, don’t leave fish to find fish. So we stayed. Fishing an In-Touch type 5 with a fast choppy retrieve and three of my favorite small streamer patterns tied off tags, we had a blast popping 8-10 inch fish one after another. As we motored back into the dock I had a few more fish that my boat partner, but we did not know if the far side of the lake was more productive than were we chose to stay. It turned out that or decision to fish the SW corner paid off as our boat took 1st and 2nd place.

Tired and sunburned I surveyed the bank of Lone Haggler for the final session of the tournament. I decided to stick to my 5100-4 ONE that I fished from the boat over my 7100-4 ONE. Although I would sacrifice distance from the bank I felt that a softer rod would improve my hook to land ratio. The lake decided to glass out as the start of the session and the midges came off when it did. I threw on my midge tip once again and began to pick off rising stockers with a small un-weighted streamer and a diawl bach. Having anglers to the left and right of you makes you anxious as they pluck fish off and you finish a retrieve without a bite. It was time to just fish and focus. I stuck to my game plan and managed 14 fish from the muddy banks of Lone Haggler. I edged out 2nd place by two fish. What fun! After putting down my rod we all shook hands and congratulated each other on fish caught and talked about the ones that got away as well.

Back at the lodge, to my surprise I found out that I was in contention for a medal. I was tied for second place overall and it was going to come down to who caught the most total centimeters of fish over the two days. Well, I fell short so to speak and had to settle for a Bronze medal! What an honor. Regardless who wins or loses at these events it’s about learning new techniques and the shared experience. It’s a great honor to get to fish with so many incredible anglers and learn from each other.

Until the next comp, it’s time to get back out and continue to fish!