Adding to the European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition (EFTTEX) “Best New Fly Rod” award won in June, Sage Manufacturing received three more awards at last week’s International Fly Tackle Dealers (IFTD) show in Reno, Nevada. The CIRCA from Sage won both the “Best Freshwater Fly Rod” and “Best in Show” and the new 8000 PRO series won the “Best Saltwater Reel” award.
“Winning these awards is further evidence that we have the best design team in the industry,” comments Eric Gewiss, Sage marketing manager. “This is a big honor for everyone at Sage.”
The new CIRCA collection is Sage’s first high performance, slow action fly rod. Using Konnetic technology, the CIRCA collection packs more carbon fiber into a smaller diameter using new manufacturing methods. This technology results in a consistently slow yet responsive action from butt to tip and minimal torsional movement for extraordinary accuracy. Enhanced sensitivity gives anglers precision and control needed for delicate presentations making ‘match-the-hatch’ fisheries ideal for these fly rods. The two through five weight CIRCA series will be available at fly fishing specialty retailers in September.
The 8000 PRO series gives anglers a new dimension in fish stopping power via an integrated secondary drag control system. Based on Sage’s proven Sealed Carbon System (SCS), the 8000 PRO features a two-stage drag control. The primary drag knob adjusts in one revolution with 1-20 numbered settings, while the secondary drag knob fine-tunes drag resistance by 15 percent with each sequential adjustment as well as prevents over-spooling when pulling line to cast. With settings A through E, there are a total of 195 individual drag combinations with a maximum setting that has 40 percent more drag than the 6000 series. Featuring a quick change spool mechanism, a broad concave palming rim and a grooved frame for securing line when not casting, this reel will be sold at fly fishing specialty stores in September.