Always on the move, Sage has announced two new rod series for its 2015 lineup.
The new SALT series is, you guessed it, an all-new addition to Sage's saltwater lineup that will replace the Xi3 series. The new SALT rods are Sage's first saltwater fly rods built on its newer Konnetic technology, which Sage's very popular and award-winning ONE and METHOD series of rods are built upon. Like all of the Konnetic-built rods, Sage has proclaimed a focus on quick loading, high line speeds and pinpoint accuracy when developing the SALT series. According to chief rod designer Jerry Siem, “The ability to adapt to quickly changing conditions is imperative when saltwater fishing, and Konnetic Technology allows deft sensitivity and the ability to track extremely straight. The new SALT shines in all fishing scenarios.”
The SALT rods feature a dark sapphire blank with distinctive black wraps, oversized Fuji ceramic stripper guides, hard chromed snake guides and an anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat which includes a hidden hook keeper. The SALT series has offerings from weight 5 through 16. All of the rods in the series have an MSRP of $850 and are slated to be available come August 2014.
The ACCEL series is a new medium-fast action rod series that includes single hand, switch and spey rods. For the ACCEL Sage has reinvented its G5 blank technology that was so well loved in the now classic Z-Axis series and the VXP series that the ACCEL rods will replace.
According to Siem, Sage "[added] a graphite hoop core and axial fiber material in the new Generation 5 technology [which] allowed for a lighter, ultra-responsive, and livelier blank with a narrower shaft." The result is a rod that Siem says "permits anglers to feel the rod load for optimum casting control.”
The ACCEL rods feature an emerald green blank color with, like the SALT series, distinctive black wraps, Fuji ceramic stripper guides and hard-chromed snake guides. Reel seat and cork configurations vary depending on rod model.
ACCEL single hand rods range in weights from 3 to 9 and are priced at $595. Switch rods come in weights 6 to 8 and are priced at $695. Spey rods will be available in weights 6 to 8, for $750. All ACCEL models will be available in August 2014.