There it was again, a dimpled rise. Crouching low, I flicked the line out, stopping the cast abruptly to put some slack into the leader. It was good, landing a rods length above the now diminishing circles; the small dry fly bobbed and twirled on the current. There was a flash of color, a sip and in a blink the fly was gone leaving a tiny bubble as its legacy.
We all have a responsibility to land fish as quickly as possible so we can release them in good shape. There’s a series of prerequisites to accomplishing this. It begins with leader selection, which is determined by presentation issues, the fish species and our knot tying skills. Then it involves our understanding of how to apply pressure to a fish that is relentless which ultimately messes with the fish’s ability to swim effectively. It ends with our capacity to handle them respectfully when they come to hand (and to maybe snap quick pics before a release). The ‘base note’ that runs through all of this is a deep understanding of how to bend a rod and to take the fight right up to a fish, to break the fish without breaking our tackle.
June 5, 2011 (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Sage Manufacturing recently participated in the Seattle Komen for the Cure event. In an effort to raise money and awareness as well as to celebrate the life of an employee who lost her battle with breast cancer, 81 employees and family members walked for a cure on June 5th.
Dec 23, 2010 (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Sage Manufacturing has been deeply involved with raising money and awareness for a campaign to save the Bristol Bay in Alaska from open–pit and hard rock mine development. Throughout Sage’s involvement, over $100,000 was donated for Trout Unlimited Alaska.
November, 20 2010 (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Fly-fishing industry leader, Sage Manufacturing is proud to sponsor On The Fly Production’s newest project, Itu’s Bones. On The Fly Productions, creators of “Once In A Blue Moon,” are telling the story of former bonefish netter, Itu Davies, and a transition to sustainable fishing through thrilling cinematography.
September 23, 2010 (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Sage Manufacturing, fly fishing industry leader, creates the lightest and most responsive fly rod series to date with the TXL-F family of rods. Successfully surpassing the performance of the TXL series, the TXL-F series of rods are beautifully crafted and are the ideal performance rod for fishing tiny flies with ultra light tippets.