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Trouts Journal

Sage ONE 990-4 Fly Rod

Ivan Orsic / Jul 29, 2011

Sage ONE 990-4 Fly Rod

What We Say

On a recent trip to Bolivia to chase golden dorado, I was fortunate enough to travel with our local Sage representative, who just so happened to have a prototype of the new Sage ONE in a 9' 9wt. On our second day of fishing, I was given the rod to take out and put through the ringer. On this particular day, we were fishing 100% out of a boat, which meant that our casts were exceptionally long, and needed to be very accurate to get an eat. When I first started fishing with the rod, I immediately I noticed that it was completely different than anything I had ever cast. It was ultra light weight in hand, and had a stiff action that made long casts with ease. But the most notable factor of this fly rod was how straight the fly line tracked through the air, translating into amazingly accurate casts. In addition, this fly rod was able to throw flies that I would typically need a 10wt-11wt fly rod to cast.

When it came to fighting fish, there was no question the ONE's stiff mid section makes it a fish fighting machine. Fishing in and around fallen and submerged timber, every dorado we caught was a potential disaster and lost fly line waiting to happen. But every fish I hooked that day I was able to stop in its' tracks, and move away from any and all submerged obstacles. This is a characteristic of a fly rod that often gets overlooked, but I think one that most anglers would agree is very important.

All in all, the ONE blew me away with it's ability to do EVERYTHING better than any fly rod I have ever cast. From long, pinpoint accurate casts, to short shots near the boat, the ONE was able to make every opportunity I had at a dorado count. I wouldn't say this about many new products in fly fishing, but this fly rod WILL revolutionize the way we look, think and feel about fly rods.

Because it is so lightweight, it is imperative that you match this fly rod with a equally lightweight fly reel. I would suggest the following reels to compliment this fly rod:

What They Say

The ONE rod is the first fly rod to take advantage of Sage’s groundbreaking Konnetic technology.

Konnetic technology, the most recent evolution in fly rod innovation, uses new materials combined with pioneering manufacturing methods and processes. This technology incorporates an optimized ratio of Sage’s proprietary resin to exclusive high modulus aerospace-grade carbon fiber.

The latest construction methods include Sage’s Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS); a process that precisely aligns and positions carbon fiber materials to exacting tolerances for the greatest blank strength, delivering extremely efficient energy transfer throughout the shaft. Using Sage’s High Compression Molding process, carbon fibers are compacted for optimum density and precise alignment while simultaneously fusing the 50 percent lighter all-carbon fiber inner core.

The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in what Sage claims is unparalleled casting accuracy.

The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter as well as weigh 25 percent lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency.

Further innovations are the 70 percent lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel.

“The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler’s arm,” notes Sage Chief Rod Designer, Jerry Siem. “It offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and is translated to the hand through the rod instantaneously.”

The fast-action ONE rod family is intended for all fishing conditions thanks to a list of high-end features. A custom cork handle is fashioned in a snub-nose, half-wells grip on the 3 through 6 weights and a full-wells handle with fighting butt on the saltwater capable 6 through 10-weights. Each handle is designed to match the exact taper of the rod providing even greater sensitivity and feel.

Other details include the Sage-designed round eye tip-top which never pinches or binds the line, allowing the caster to mend and cast in any direction with full control.

On the 3 through 6-weights, the elegant walnut insert is perfectly married with the bronze anodized aluminum reel seat. Saltwater weights feature all anodized reel seat components.

The ONE Rod comes in a new black ice color, which has a translucent finish and is complemented by black guide wraps and bronze trim wraps. Each rod comes with a powder-coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion and a hand-made rod sock.

“The ONE Rod is smooth and precise with an intentionally forgiving ‘sweet spot’ that complements widely diverse casting styles,” says Eric Gewiss, Sage’s Marketing Manager. “This helps the angler make a full range of close-in and long distance casts that hit the mark with equal ease. Being able to feel exactly what the line is doing through all stages of the cast gives anglers ultimate control so they can make the micro-adjustments needed to place the fly precisely where it’s wanted.”

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