In the lead up to this years IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealers show) in Reno, Nevada, Sage has announced several new rod series. These new rods and reels are in addition to other new products recently announced by Sage, including it's new slow-action CIRCA fly rods. These new rod series, the Sage ONE Elite, Response and Approach will join Sage's existing rod lineup in the coming months.
At $1295, the Sage ONE Elite is Sage's new top-of-the-line rod. Built on the same technology as the well-loved Sage ONE series, the Sage ONE Elite adds in premium components and materials all over the place. The Elite features high-end extras such as a titanium reel seat, titanium stripper guides with ceramic inserts and a titanium winding check. The hand-made handle is crafted from flor grade cork fashioned into a half-well, snub-nosed grip. The Sage ONE Elite is currently only offered in 9 foot 5 weight. Availability expected in September.
For the less financially extravagant angler, Sage is introducing two new affordable rod series in the Response and Approach.
The Response series is a sharp-looking chestnut brown blanked rod that uses proven Sage tapers to offer a fast-action rod in weights ranging from 3 to 12 weight, over 18 total rod models. Response rods are also available with a fighting butt in higher weights. Retail price is $395.
The Approach is aimed at even the more budget savvy, coming in nine different flavors ranging from 3 weight to 9 weight, priced across the board at $295. Sage describes the Approach as a medium-fast action rod. The Approach will also be sold as an outfit. For an additional $180 (total price of $475), anglers can purchase the Approach rods complete with Sage's 1800 fly reel and RIO Gold fly line. At a savings of around $35, it's not going to help pay this month's mortgage, but $35 is still $35.
Both the Response and Approach series ship with Sage's Codura rod tubes, which are nice tubes with built-in dividers.
You can find out more about all three new rod series by visiting Sage's web site at http://www.sageflyfishing.com.