Friday, May 17, 2019

Sage Mod 290

Here's a personal Sage Mod 290.

This fairly new light line trout rod from Sage sets the bar among long and light rods on the market. A longer length two weight, dry fly specialised rod made of a special graphite that is flexible yet responsive and fun to cast.

I like the Orvis Superfine line on this rod. It forms super sweet loops and enables precise, accurate casting. Can't praise this rod enough for how good it is. Keep in mind you'll have to be a good caster to really understand how this rod performs.

I like how Sage went for a specialized tool that isn't quite for everyone. If you waited too long (I know I did) for a cool nine foot two weight in your life, there you go, you've might just found it.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Superlight 299

A special euro-nymphing rod on a blank from Hanak competition in Czech Republic. The famous czech team uses this rod a lot.

As the name suggests, this rod is superlight for finesse nymphing with medium-fast tip and powerful butt section. This is a very unique configuration in 9'9" 2wt. that is fun on small-medium or bigger water, light enough for small fish, yet powerful enough for bigger fish. This rod has a very light swing weight, unlike other rods.

Appointed in a classic clean style, ultrafine grip transitioning seamleassly into the blank. Beautiful brown tone color complimented with local walnut wood and chestnut silk wraps with sunburn Dave Lewis style signature wraps.

More of these are coming as some exquisite folks who are primarly dry fly fishermen really appreciate a finely handcrafted nymphing rod.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Swift Epic 370

Just finished another Swift Epic 370.

I tend to like more modern look on these new blanks, the ultralight uplocking hardware and classy Struble vera wood are spot on, on this translucent olive beauty.

Half wells snub-nose grip is comfortable. I love casting this rod.

Light olive wraps tipped dark olive slightly. Clean and understated. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Two Sage builds

Here are a couple of very distinct, high-end Sage builds I finished recently. Although I don't use nickel silver reel seats much these days, these classy Bellinger uplocks are gorgeous, decently light compared to some older designs and they have a place for those "once-in-a-lifetime" fly rods. They represent the utmost quality in reel seat design and craftsmanship.

The ESN 3106-4 and the Mod 290-4 are two exceptional light line choices from Sage. I've wiggled some longer nymphing sticks in the past, but this ten foot six inches three weight is by far the lightest, most stable blank I've handled so far.

The Mod 290-4 is just a sweet dry fly or dry-dropper rod for small, fast flowing freestones, medium sized streams or spring creeks where a longer length is beneficial. For a very light weight nine foot two weight that's also stable and accurate, this is the one. It loads so easy in close quarters. I'm building one for myself this season. It's that sweet.

I used a burl madrone wood and a rare two-tone amboyna, custom turned by Bellinger, gorgeous Struble agates and e-coated Snake Brand guides.

These two are one-of-their-kind, heirloom quality fly rods. I hope you'll enjoy the photos!