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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Coming Soon - The Sage ONE


In the last 12 months some exceptional high end fly rods have been launched by the biggest names in fly fishing, proving that fly fishing can still move forward with improvements and technological advances. Rods like the Guideline Reaction, the G.Loomis NRX and of course the Hardy Zenith and Proaxis rods have wowed fly fishers all over the world and have sold like hotcakes - amazing considering the current financial climate! But one well known brand has been pretty quiet, but obviously working away in the background on something big, and in September 2011, Sage will be launching the new ONE rod series.

The ONE will be the first fly rod to take advantage of Sage’s latest Konnetic technology, the most recent evolution in fly rod innovation, using new materials and manufacturing processes. This new technology incorporates an optimized ratio of Sage’s proprietary resin with an exclusive, high modulus, aerospace grade carbon fibre.
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The latest construction methods include Sage’s Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS), a process that precisely aligns and positions carbon fibre materials to exacting tolerances for the greatest blank strength, delivering extremely efficient energy transfer throughout the shaft. Using Sage’s High Compression Moulding process, carbon fibres are compacted for optimum density and precise alignment while simultaneously fusing the 50 percent lighter all carbon fibre inner core. The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a lower blank diameter as well as being 25 percent lighter than current Sage rod models. These attributes provide better aerodynamic efficiency and lower swing weights. The ONE blanks offer exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in what Sage claims is unparalleled casting accuracy.
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“The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler’s arm,” notes Sage Chief Rod Designer, Jerry Siem. “It offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and is translated to the hand through the rod instantaneously.”

The fast action ONE rod range is intended for all fishing conditions thanks to a list of high end features. A custom cork handle is fashioned in a snub-nose, half-wells grip on the 3 weight up to the 6 weights and a full wells handle with fighting butt on the 6 weight up to 10 weight rods. Each handle is designed to match the exact taper of the rod providing even greater sensitivity and feel.
The classy Back Ice finish on the ONE Series
Further innovations include the 70% lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel. The Sage designed round eye tip ring never pinches or binds the line, allowing the caster to mend and cast in any direction with full control.

On the 3 weight up to 6 weight rods, an elegant walnut insert is married with a bronze anodized aluminium reel seat. 6 weight and upwards the rods feature an all anodized, salt water proof reel seat.

The ONE Rod comes in a new Black Ice colour, which has a translucent finish and is complemented by black wrappings with a bronze trim. Each rod comes with the usual protective aluminium rod tube with Sage medallion and a hand-made rod sock.
Powder coated Aluminium rod tube
“The ONE Rod is smooth and precise with an intentionally forgiving ‘sweet spot’ that complements widely diverse casting styles,” says Eric Gewiss, Sage’s Marketing Manager. “This helps the angler make a full range of close in and long distance casts that hit the mark with equal ease. Being able to feel exactly what the line is doing through all stages of the cast gives anglers ultimate control so they can make the micro-adjustments needed to place the fly precisely where it’s wanted.”

Already award winning, the ONE rod has been recognized as the “Best New Fly Rod” at EFTTEX 2011. Award ceremonies were held last week at the EFTTEX show in Amsterdam.

The ONE rod will be available from Glasgow Angling Centre from September 2011 with a selection of 22 single hand rods ranging from 3 weight up to 10 weights and will be priced from £635 to £669. Pre order yours now to avoid disappointment! Be one of the first to own what will no doubt become an iconic rod, just like the Sage Z-Axis series and XP before it! Click here to preorder!

Models:
Sage ONE 9ft 3wt 390-4
Sage ONE 8ft 6in 4wt 486-4
Sage ONE 9ft 4wt 490-4
Sage ONE 9ft 6in 4wt 496-4
Sage ONE 10ft 4wt 4100-4
Sage ONE 8ft 6in 5wt 586-4
Sage ONE 9ft 5wt 590-4
Sage ONE 9ft 6in 5wt 596-4
Sage ONE 10ft 5wt 5100-4
Sage ONE 9ft 6wt 690-4 Half Wells Handle
Sage ONE 9ft 6wt 691-4 Full Wells Handle
Sage ONE 9ft 6in 6wt 696-4 Half Wells Handle
Sage ONE 9ft 6in 6wt 697-4 Full Wells Handle
Sage ONE 10ft 6wt 6100-4
Sage ONE 9ft 7wt 790-4
Sage ONE 9ft 6in 7wt 796-4
Sage ONE 10ft 7wt 7100-4
Sage ONE 9ft 8wt 890-4
Sage ONE 9ft 6in 8wt 796-4
Sage ONE 10ft 8wt 8100-4
Sage ONE 9ft 9wt 990-4
Sage ONE 9ft 10wt 1090-4

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