Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sage Mod

The highly popular Mod, discontinued last year. This was Jerry Siem's last rod design before he retired.

I have one more 390-4 blank to build sometimes this year, and this is my favorite model in the line. This rod can do a little bit of everything when fishing for trout, on smaller to medium sized streams, even larger ones. From dries and long leaders to dry-dropper rigs or euro-nymphing, and small streamers when in need. With the deeper loading action, somewhat like fiberglass, nice loop control and great line speed, this rod is a delight to cast when paired with the right line. The fishability is great since this rod retains the essence of a trout rod by not being a broomstick, yet still having the power to fire out line if you need to reach a distant riser, with good casting skills.

This one was build for a friend here in Romania, troutbum kind of guy and river activist.

Simplicity is complexity resolved, as a great romanian artist once said and the understated appointments on this rod attest that.

Clear silk wraps, black and chrome accents, and a gorgeous NOS vera wood insert from Struble with Bellinger ultralight anodized aluminum hardware.

With painstaking attention to details, this blank got the best treatment available and is as good as it can get in a Sage custom fly rod. I filled up the internet with pics of it and I bet most Sage guys would "die" to own a rod like this. HA!

Tight lines and thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Superb XP 299

Here is another build on a Hanak blank, their latest model called the Superb XP. These blanks are slightly faster and crisper than the Superlight, and both are extremely light, "state-of-the-art" ultralight nymphing rods than can cast a dry very well with the more modern weight forward lines and they are true two weights.

A clean and minimalist build all the way, with very special double sliding ring reel seat hardware over a hand turned cork spacer. Hardware was sourced from my friend Nico at Yamame Fly Rods. I really enjoyed turning the cork reel seat insert again. It really is beautiful and has a very tight fit if done right. The clear wraps, the dark snake guides, the clean cork and the matte olive blank look  really good together. 

I have a feeling someone is going to have a blast in the upcoming fishing season. Thanks for looking!