Hervey Bay Black Marlin

Black Marlin


Sage Ambassador Peter Morse: Hervey Bay Black Marlin

There’s a migration that occurs only once or twice a decade and it’s of juvenile black marlin that migrate 3,000 kilometres from the tropical waters of north Queensland all the way to southern New South Wales. We know when they’re coming because they begin to show up off Cairns in June and July and they move south in their thousands over the next 9 months as summer comes on. In several locations they become very accessible to anglers in small boats, and in one place in particular you can sight fish to them on the flats. This year we hit the weather right and enjoyed some amazing days of fishing. The rod of choice was the new 1190 ONE and the reel an 8080 Pro. An #8 reel on an #11 rod might seem a little wrong at first but this reel has everything going for it. For a start it’s a big reel for an #8 with 400 yards of 50lb gsp backing and as it turns out it has the best drag of any reel I’ve ever used, it is so silky smooth and at its highest setting feels like it would stop a train – and that’s the 8 weight, I can’t wait use the #8010 and the #8012 on some BIG fish. While we were there some big tuna turned up on the flats as well, many of these were over 50lbs and we were sight casting to them in 6 feet of water as they cruised the beach. It was a great few days with guide and good friend Mark Bargenquast.


Black Marlin Breach

Black Marlin Breach

Along side the boat

Along side the boat

Sight Fishing

Sight Fishing

The Big Tuna

The Big Tuna


Peter Morse is a good friend and our Sage Ambassador for Australia. Along with being a fisherman and photographer he is the author of the new book “A Few Great Flies….. and How to Fish Them” which can be found through www.wildfish.com.au


Sage Continues its Awards Winning Streak

Sage Luggage

February 28, 2013 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – Sage, the leading manufacturer of fly rods, reels, apparel and accessories, continues to earn awards and recognition for both fly rods and reels.

In the Field & Stream March issue, the Sage CIRCA won the ‘Best of the Best’ award. Reviewer Ted Leeson notes, “these rods are far better suited to the trout fishing conditions most of us routinely encounter, where precision and delicacy count for more than distance and power.”

The Sage CIRCA also won the Sporting Classics ‘Award of Excellence’ for fishing. Senior Editor Todd Tanner calls the CIRCA “…one of the sweetest, smoothest casting rods to ever grace a trout stream.”

Fish Alaska awarded both the Sage ONE 590-4 fly rod and the 3850CF reel with gold medals in its annual Gear Awards edition. The new 4260 reel received a silver medal, and the ONE fly rod in both single-handed and two-handed models received the ‘Retailer’s Choice Award’.

Every year the International Game & Fish Association recognizes manufacturers whose products caught more world record fish than any other. For the 2012 fishing season, Sage wins the fly rod category again with 40 record-breaking fish caught using Sage rods. The award will be presented to Sage at the Tenth Annual World Record Achievement Awards ceremony in April.


Award Winning CIRCA

Award Winning CIRCA


Sage Community Spotlight

Sage Employee


Sage was just recently spotlighted in a video by local county’s Economic Development Alliance. Check out some of the rod building process and the hardworking people that make everything possible.


Castaway Films – Devils Gold

Fly Fishing Film Tour


It’s that time of year when the thrill of monster fish and exotic landscapes make their way into a town near you. It’s the Fly Fishing Film Tour and we’re proud to announce that our friends over at Castaway films had their Film “Devils Gold” selected to the show this year. Check it out below and head on over to the tours website for a schedule of when it’ll be in your town. Might just be about time you book that trip to Bolivia while your at it!




The Sure Thing

Green Drake river

“It could be tonight,” he thought as he stood on the bank of the river.
The green drakes would hatch tonight.

All his life he had dreamed of a hatch like this: Fifteen minutes before dusk, cottonwoods caught in shadows, green drakes would suddenly appear, like someone flipped a switch, accompanied by the swish and crack of a fish launching completely out of the current.

Beginning of July and the hatch was overdue. An above average snow pack, ripping brown wave trains, and flows above twenty five thousand cfs made for colder than normal water temperatures and sporadic hatches.

He looked down stream and watched his buddy connect with a rainbow on the edge of some drowned willows. Yes, this would be his lucky night, exactly how it was supposed to be. He tied on his favorite pattern and scanned the water for rises. The light was dimming, the moment was right, and he gave a shout to his friend.

Were they really hatching?
Why didn’t he see any rises? Should he have stayed home and done his laundry?
Who had invented twitter and why?

“Do you see any?” Staring at the river, he wanted to believe they would hatch.
“Do you see any?” he yelled.

It would not be tonight. The answer was no—


Green Drake

Not tonight


The Sure Thing by Cameron Scott. Cameron’s work can be found in The Drake and The Fly Fish Journal as well as his website www.cameronkellerscott.com

Photos by Ben Hayes and Draper White

Sage Swag Giveaway (Week Four)

Sage Swag

See this week’s trivia question below to enter to win some Sage swag. Post your answer by Wednesday in the comments section and we’ll pick a winner with the correct answer on Thursday morning. Remember, all answers can be found on the website. Good Luck!

Question: How many models does the new ONE two-handed rods have? (Hint: Switch included)

Answer: The new ONE two-handed rods have 14 models from a 4116-4 Switch rod all the way up to a 10150-4 Spey rod.

Congratulations to this week’s winner Robin Squires!