Monday, August 25, 2014

Sage Circa 8'9" #5

I have been thinking and dreaming about this one for months. This might just be one of the most amazing five weight by Sage ever. I made a ton of pictures (again!) but I just can't get enough of this beauty. I have test casted this sweet Circa rod for a few hours with the Gold wf5 and it blew me away. I could load the rod in 10-20' perfectly or lay out 70'-80' casts with a relaxed stroke easy.

This rod is a dream (the way I built it, and I say it from a functional standpoint mainly). As for the very special aesthetics, I simply love the olive color of the Circa and I think the dark olive wraps&yellow signature wraps, the dark hardware, the gorgeous buckeye burl dyed yellow stabilized wood insert along with the yellow hand writing (first time inscribing in yellow) make this rod striking but understated and elegant.

I think I'm keeping this rod but I will gladly build more rods on this amazing blank on request. I listed the rod specs along with the finished rod price below. Thanks for looking everyone!

Blank: Sage Circa 589-4
Reel seat: Lemke uplocking black anodized aluminum/dyed buckeye burl wood spacer
Handle: Flor grade cigar cork
Guides: Titanium plated hard chrome snake guides&classic style stripping guide
Winding check : Nickel silver plain blued 
Hook keeper: Classic strap&ring blued
Wraps: Dark olive silk&yellow signature wraps
Rod bag: Dark green handmade bag
Rod case: Silver satin aluminum with cap (rod info) and logo stickers
Price: $785



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sage Circa sneak peak

Here is a sneak peak of my new favorite Sage rod. This thing looks and performs better than the factory build from a distance. The rod will be showcased at the biggest flycasting event of the year here in Transylvania along with some other rods (graphite&fiberglass). Stay close for more pictures of this dark olive green beauty! Kabuto yellow 7043 and white 7643 in progress as well. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Where fly fishing takes you

It's amazing where a fly rod can take you. I always said that it's not the size of the trout that matters in these places. Took my girlfriend and my tent and we headed out to camp on the river. She just loves to get away from the crowds during the hot summer months. We arrived there at dusk, made a little fire, set our tent and we fished a bit the next day. It's always great to get out somewhere remote to find great sceneries and enjoy the solidute of our great outdoors. And eventually...find trout. But being out there, you soon realize it's not trout you're after. This might sound like a cliche but it's really how it is. It's simply breathtaking to be out and explore these highly treasured places.

I once showed some photos of the waters I fish to the great Tom Morgan. He very much compared them to the japanese trout streams and he highly recommended his "light 3wt." fiberglass blanks for this type of water. I discovered myself how a smooth E-glass fly rod is so proper in places like these. My light graphite rod gets thrown away in the trunk of the car nowadays and I see myself closer to becoming a glass geek. I just love the subtle way a glass rod can deliver the fly in gin clear water. There's nothing like fishing a silky smooth fiberglass rod especially in small, cristal clear water.

Hope you'll enjoy the photos below and good fishing everyone!