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

Where the Bonefish are as Big as Your Leg – by Richard Post

Hawiian Bonefish

“Where are you right now?” I’m standing in the parking lot of a beach park, there’s a homeless dude washing his ass sans shame in the shower and there’s an older couple sitting in their car with two yappy dogs watching the whole ordeal. “I’m not sure you’re at the right place, but the surroundings sound spot on. Did that homeless guy get out of an old white Dodge Ram?” Yes he did, no way, is this the spot? “Yeah man, that’s got to be the place, and the tides are perfect now, is it dead low? It sure was. I stood there at a beach park on Oahu with Captain Colin Huff on the phone as he tried to give me directions to a place I where I was already standing. The tide was dead low and would start to rise within the hour. Continue reading

What it Takes – by Peter Morse

NEW ZEALAND. FLY FISHJNG
In a world that seems obsessed with specialization, versatility is an under rated skill. It’s been my approach to fishing for as long as I’ve swung a fly rod—to do what ever it takes to ‘get a bite’ regardless of species and conditions. I’m no purist and to be versatile requires a certain mindset, the preparedness to alter your tackle and to deal with changes, to make things happen when specialization fails. It also requires the tackle to deal with this diversity. Continue reading

Six Steelhead Mantras to Swing By – Mike McCune

Mike McCune Steelhead Fly Fishing Tips

We recently caught up with our longtime friend and Sage Ambassador Mike McCune and talked about winter steelhead in hopes of mining out some basic theories on the fish, the casts, and what makes two handed casting unique and magical. Below you will find some of the gems from this talk. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and hopefully you can hear Mike’s enthusiasm and infectious love of the sport come through in written word. Currently, Mike is spending time re-connecting with the rivers of his youth up in Northern California swinging a fly amongst the redwoods. Continue reading