Brown Trout - Sage Fly Fish - Coastal Nymphing

In the fall and winter, it’s fairly common to catch double digit numbers of trout in a day, many of which are the brawniest yo’ll catch all year. On a river outing this winter, I landed several trout in rapid succession. One of those was a hard fighting 23 incher which was immediately eclipsed by a 25 incher only a couple casts later (above). All these fish were taken nymphing.

Go Deep

The biggest key in indicator nymphing is getting your fly near bottom. In order to get your fly near bottom, you need to get the indicator upstream of the fly. As a stream’s fastest water is at the surface and its slowest water is near bottom, the indicator will travel faster than the fly. If the indicator starts upstream of the fly it’ll eventually catch up. At that point, the fly will achieve its greatest possible depth.

Tuck Cast

I prefer to nymph my way upstream. This limits the chances of spooking your quarry as you’re in the fish’s blind spot. My favorite cast for nymphing is the tuck cast. In my version, I overpower the cast while aiming a little higher than normal. Additionally, as soon as I snap my wrist on the forward stroke I simultaneously raise the rod and release a few feet of slack line from my line hand. Raising the tip causes the fly to tuck downward while the release of slack line allows the indicator to drift upstream before falling to the water’s surface. The result: the indicator lands upstream of the fly and the fly plummets.

Two Part Drift

As the indicator drifts downstream, it’ll eventually pass the fly and begin pulling the fly toward the surface. To extend your drift, aggressively mend your line when the indicator is near you. Don’t worry about a drag free drift here. You actually want to noticeably lift the indicator upstream of the fly. After the mend, you can feed out line for a second part to the drift. This lets you fish more water and it readies you for your next cast without needing to false cast to extend your line. By also fishing the water below you, your fly will be fishing for a greater portion of your fishing day.

The Coast’s Greatest Nymph

In salmon country, the table is set for some extreme egg feasting every fall. Although eggs are clearly not nymphs, the fishing method is identical and the availability of eggs is as prevalent as any hatch going–trout absolutely gorge themselves for months. Sea run cutthroat will arrive early from the ocean and drop weight for weeks while they wait for the annual pig out. Resident browns and rainbows will also slender out after a summer of slim pickin’s. However, it only takes a few weeks for them to go from slender to distended. Learn to nymph an egg well and you’ll be able to feel the weight of plenty of those distended bellied trout very soon.

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Sage introduces performance apparel for every angling experience

Sage Fly Fish - Apparel - 2012 Spring Collection

We are excited to officially launch our new line of technical angling apparel. Read below for the official press release and check out the products through the links. Which ones are your favorite?

March 7, 2012 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) – Sage, which has built the world’s finest fly fishing rods and reels for over 30 years, is pleased to introduce its first line of technical angling apparel. Designed to match the quality and craftsmanship of Sage’s legendary fly rods and reels, the new apparel collection will perform in a wide variety of conditions, from fishing flats in the blazing sun to chasing steelhead in an ice-cold river.

“Designing technical apparel with premium fabrics created an aesthetic that combines form and function for anglers who demand the best,” notes Sage Marketing Manager, Eric Gewiss. “Each new piece of apparel features angling specific details, extreme weather protection attributes and advanced construction techniques to provide the highest quality possible.”

Sage’s Quest Collection includes technical garments designed for discerning anglers who travel the globe. The quintessential piece in this collection is the Quest Softshell Insulated Hoody. This jacket is unique to the fly fishing world with Primaloft® insulation mapped throughout the main body for core warmth and no insulation in the arms for unrestricted movement to make it ideal for rowing and casting. The high performance, 4-way stretch, double weave exterior fabric combines nylon with a DWR coating for water and wind resistance. The adjustable cuff with low profile closure, adjustable waist and hood and pre-shaped sleeves add technical features that any angler will appreciate. The Quest Softshell Hoody is available in Canyon and Black for a retail price of $250.

Sage SoftShell Hoody - Sage Fly Fish - Apparel - Quest Collection

Sage Softshell Insulated Hoody in Canyon.

Note: See IFTD review from Deneki Outdoors here.


Other pieces in the Quest Collection include the Ultra-light Rain Shell, which uses Sage’s new GeoShell™ membrane to ensure anglers stay dry and comfortable on even the wettest days. The Ultra-Light is easy to pack and weighs in at just over 10 ounces; it is the lightest 3-layer hooded, waterproof/breathable jacket in the fly fishing market. The Rain Shell is available in a two-tone Deep Green and retails for $200.

Sage Fly Fish Ultra Light Rain Shell - Apparel - Quest Collection

Quest Ultra Light Rain Shell.

Made from the same 4-way stretch double weave as the Insulated Hoody, the Quest Softshell Jacket is a great lightweight piece for unpredictable weather days. It is designed to be highly water and wind resistant but retain excellent breathability. The Quest Softshell Jacket comes in Canopy and Black and retails for $175.


Sage’s next offerings in the line-up include pieces designed to protect sensitive skin from the sun. The Keys Crew is a lightweight, technical long sleeve with UPF 30+ sun protection. Combine that with elongated sleeves with a thumb loop and a raised collar for excellent protection from the sun while still being comfortable for a full day on the flats. Available in Fog Bank, Offshore Blue and Equator, this shirt retails for $45. The Seychelles Convertible Pant is a highly technical pant ideal for travel or time on the water. The zip-off pant legs provide versatility while the abrasion-resistant nylon fabric is quick-drying and fast wicking. Available in either Sand Bar or Dark Pleat, these pants retail for $80.

Sage Fly Fishing Kanektok Wool Pro in AztecGold

The new Kanektok Wool Pro in AztecGold.

For anglers who appreciate exceptional apparel for everyday wear, Sage introduces the Lodge Collection with just enough features for technical functionality but all the style and comfort modern anglers demand. The Opala Guideshirt is a technical top thanks to its quick-drying nylon fabric yet is equally at home après-fishing thanks to the ultra-soft feel of its wrinkle-free, anti-pilling material. This shirt is available in Canyon, Offshore Blue, Dorado and Smoke for a retail price of $80. The Kanektok Wool Pro 1/3 Zip keeps anglers warm with Polartec® Power Dry® with wool. The perfect layering piece with next-to-skin comfort and high warmth-to-weight ratio, this will be the go-to piece for nearly any fishing excursion. Available in Black and two new colors Offshore Blue and Aztec Gold, this piece retails for $125.

ONE Rod in Field & Stream

Sage Fly Fishing - Product Reviews - ONE Rod

The ONE Rod receives more praise as it is featured in Field & Stream’s “Best Fishing Gear of 2012.” Check out the review and get yourself a ONE Rod!

Sage, it turns out, walks the talk. New materials and manufacturing processes reduce weight and narrow the shaft and ferrule diameters for a more fluid energy transfer from butt to tip. The upshot is a fast-action rod that isn’t stiff or clubby and offers superb tracking, delivering the fly precisely where you aim it with no lateral wandering, drift, or residual vibration that reduces accuracy and distance.

Read Field & Stream’s full review here.

Sage ONE Rods in Action

Sage Fly Fishing - Product Reviews - ONE Rod

Captain Frank of Outdoor Community had the chance to take an 8 weight ONE Rod on his latest trip to the Bahamas. Needless to say it surpassed his expectations.

Some fast rods have a feel almost comparable to a broomstick. With the Sage ONE, I could feel the loading of the rod on the backcast, resulting in an improved forward cast. The not wimpy part, it handled multiple fast bonefish runs that got well into the backing, holding them away from the mangroves, yet not breaking the tippet.

See Captain Frank’s full review at outdoorcommunitydaily.com.

Biloxi Marsh Reds, By Pat Ford

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I just returned from fishing the Biloxi Marsh with Tony Weaver and Capt. Gjuro Bruer. This is one of my favorite fishing experiences. We stay at a relatively inexpensive hotel just off Burbon Street, and commute to Hopedale each morning.
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Hope for the River, By Will Rice

Will Rice for Sage Fly Fish

Here’s the last entry in our compelling series about the situation down on the South Platte and Sand Creek written by Will Rice.

I’m very cautious when I talk to people who are not familiar with this section of the South Platte River to make sure I don’t focus too much time on this disaster without talking about some of the positive things happening.
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