Pyramid Lake Perfect Set Up – Matt Koles

Perfect Rod for Fishing Pyramid
Pyramid Lake Nevada is home to some the big cutthroat trout, in it’s alkaline waters swim the Lahontan Cutthroat, the biggest cutthroat in the World.  Sixty pounders once swam in the lake; 41 pounds is the record Cutthroat caught in the 20’s and with the original Pilot Peak strain recently re-introduced into the lake, fish could near the size of their historic cousins. Twenty pounders are now fairly common on the fly and the sky could be the limit in coming years. Pyramid Lake is a unique place to spend time as it is very beautiful and enigmatic. If you have never been you’ll know what I’m referring to once you walk out on the beaches. Continue reading

Sage Build a Rod – Stage 2 Cutting the Forms

Sage Fly Rod Factory
Each technology platform combines unique blends of proprietary materials and they have a unique touch and feel when working with the raw graphite. These unique attributes define the Sage Technology platforms of; Konnetic, Generation 5 and GIIIe.  Based on what rod series we are making, proprietary materials are pulled together, combined into long sheets and transferred onto the pattern cutting table. Continue reading

Fly-Fishing from My Own Private Island – by Ted Chase


My life’s passion of throwing flies at fat trout on the “Big Mo” and several infamous rivers in Montana just wasn’t enough to quench my thirst for adventures for unknown worlds. While another cold winter was settling in it became very apparent that I needed a change. The day came when I set out to try my luck at casting for “ghosts“ in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Belize. Continue reading

Sage Build a Rod – The Birth of a Rod

Sage Manufacturing Process
All rods on the Sage factory floor start with a work order. Before any rod goes into production and is worthy of the Sage logo, we start with an action idea or a fishing scenario in mind to create a rod around. Pictured above is a sample request for a new rod. The MOD started this same way a couple of years back. After a long R&D process we finalized tapers, design, color, and components to create MOD series that is available today. This #sagebuildarod is the story of a 690-4 MOD and the steps it goes through before it arrives at one of our specialty retailers and eventually in your hands, on the water. Continue reading

The New Toy – by Matt Parker

ONE Trout Spey Review

Taking a peak at the New 2016 Sage lineup during an early spring visit from my Sage rep, there was one item that garnered my full attention. As an owner of several Sage ONE single handed-rods, which fit my casting and fishing style perfectly, the thought of a Sage ONE 3wt 11’0” two-hander haunted me until it was in my hands all rigged up and ready to fish.   Continue reading

Performance Fly Casting // Introduction

Perf Casting Tips introduction

Regardless of whether you’re in fresh- or salt-water, having the ability to instinctively make a skillful presentation under difficult circumstances is the single most important factor that leads to greater fly-fishing success and enjoyment. A proficient casting stroke should be easy and effortless so that rod, line, leader, and fly synergistically combine to form a highly efficient loop that will smoothly unroll at the intended target/location regardless of whether you’re making a short cast or one of over 100’. That level of performance demands a fundamentally sound technique that will also function as a foundation for all types of one-handed casts including overhead, sidearm, Belgian, curve, mend, roll, speed, and others. Continue reading