IGNITER Fly Rods: The METHOD series has filled the hardcore, ultra-fast-action niche in Sage's lineup for several years now. While high-performance rods like these are not everyone's cup of tea, I certainly know the benefits firsthand having owned a METHOD 7-weight for quite some time now. When a chunky streamer is tied on and the wind is starting to crank up, that rod has the necessary guts to power through it all. While the METHOD series was a popular one, Sage's new IGNITER is taking over the lead in the ultra-fast category.
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Designed with slim KonneticHD blanks, these rods feel lightweight and very crisp. Sage has finished the rods with a "chipotle" coloration along with cayenne thread wraps and gunmetal trim to create a classy look that's a bit more subdued over the outgoing series.
The component list includes cocobolo wood inserts with gunmetal anodized aluminum hardware on freshwater models, while saltwater rods get gunmetal anodized aluminum reel seats with hidden integrated hook keepers and fighting butts tipped with EVA. Both rod styles also showcase flor-grade cork grips, ceramic Fuji stripping guides, and hard-chrome snakes and tip tops.
The series will launch in 4–10 weight sizes at a price of $900 which includes a custom sock and tube.
DART: If fishing smaller, quieter waters is more your deal, the DART series of fly rods look like they'll serve you well. Sage has built these rods with "performance friendly" actions that felt really lightweight, crisp, and lively when handled off the display rack. From trout to panfish, these look like the real deal!
Built with KonneticHD technology, each rod is finished with an attractive "sapling green" color along with complimenting bronze wraps and some gold trim. The componentry includes Fuji ceramic stripping guides, ultra-light chrome snakes and tip tops, up-locking anodized aluminum reel seats with vera wood inserts, and super plus snub-nosed cork grips.
The series will initially launch with 0–4 weight rods measuring 7'6", but there will also be a 3-weight measuring just 6'6" for fishing the tightest spots. Pricing is set at $700 which includes a bag and tube.
SPECTRUM C: The new SPECTRUM C fly reel gives anglers a chance to own a SPECTRUM reel at a very affordable price. Built with die-cast construction, Sage designed these reels with large arbors, vented concave spools, and a powder-coated surface to resist wear and ward off corrosion. The SCS (Sealed Carbon System) drag has a fully-machined knob that can go from zero to full drag in just one revolution. Also of note, the reel's handle is machined as well.
You'll be able to choose from black or grey color options in a 3/4 or 5/6 ($150), along with a 7/8 and 9/10 ($175). Pricing includes a neoprene and embroidered nylon case. In addition, spare spools can be had for $80 (3/4 and 5/6) or $90 (7/8 and 9/10).
SPEY: The new Sage SPEY series blends classic looks, up-to-date features, and a "fuller" design structure to better balance long two-handed fly rods. Line capacity can be an issue when hooked up to a hot salmon or steelhead, but these reels have you covered thanks to a concave arbor that increases line capacity for added insurance.
Stopping power is provided by Sage's SCS drag system that's adjusted with a one-revolution machined knob. You'll also find line guards that are designed to keep thin running line from moving around and getting wedged between the frame and spool during two-handed casting motions.
Choose from bronze or stealth/silver in a 6/7/8 size for $475 or a 7/8/9 for $500. Each reel includes a neoprene and embroidered nylon case. Spare spools run $237 (6/7/8) or $250 (7/8/9).
*Everything listed here will be available in August!