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SAGE X FLY RODS

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Cost: $895.00
SKU: 386
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The X rod’s all-new fast action taper built with our KonneticHD Technology delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip stop - creating tighter, more efficient loops throughout all ranges of casting styles. This taper allows you to dig deeper into the rod and access the lower sections, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank result in a more accurate and efficient presentation, resulting in a performance driven, forgiving fast action blank - refining the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.
  • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA
  • KonneticHD Technology®
  • Black Spruce blank color
  • Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
Freshwater 3 - 6 weights:
  • Vera wood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Flor grade snub nosed half-wells cork handle
Saltwater 5-10 weights:
  • Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
  • Flor quality full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt
  • Laser etched line weight on slide band
  • Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag
  • Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

The Sage X: Believe the Hype
By: Nick Teynor

It’s an undisputed fact that modern fly rods are the toughest, lightest, and most consistent in performance and value they have ever been. Across the fly rod price point, fly fishers have a plethora of choices to choose from, and one company that has been making huge waves in terms of technology and performance is Sage. Ever since the company first started making fly rods in 1980, Sage’s ethos has been “Perfecting Performance”. Recognized internationally as a company that has pushed the boundaries of rod design, materials, and seemingly never satisfied in their quest to design, build, and fish the ultimate fly rod— Sage has been responsible for some of the most popular and coveted fly rods EVER! One category of fly rod that Sage has always made better than anyone else has been the versatile “fast” action fly rod. From the legendary RPL to the ONE, these fly rods have been the benchmark that every other rod manufacturer across the globe has emulated, copied, and tried to make better.

The ONE fly rod was truly one of a kind. It tracked better, cast better, and fished like no other rod on the market, due to Sage’s Konnetic technology. What is Konnetic Technology?  In short and grossly over simplified terms, Konnetic Technology makes the entire fly rod track in a straighter line. This means when fly casting, less energy is wasted, which helps in casting further distances, and since the rod does not oscillate as much as non-konnetic fly rods, it helps to make a more accurate presentation. It did not take long for the rest of the fly-fishing industry to realize the importance of what Sage had accomplished, once again the race was on to emulate and improve the concept of versatile fast-action fly rod design.
           
After the Sage ONE was released it received a ton of praise and awards quickly becoming Sage’s best-selling rod. Many thought that it would be hard, if not impossible, for Sage to design a fly rod that would truly be better in every way, shape, and form compared to the ONE. If there is one other thing that Sage has proven over the years, other than consistently making great high quality fly rods, it is that they can take something great and make it even better. Enter the Sage X— the newest and greatest versatile fast-action fly rod on the market today. I know this may sound like undeserved hype, but the truth is I found the X to be better than the ONE in just about every way! Why? It has what the ONE was found to be lacking: Feel, balance, and the ability to easily fish short to medium distances without sacrificing the “long” game. How did Sage do it? Easy; Konnectic HD Technology.
 
I know… more technical mumbo jumbo right? It does, in this case, change everything. Konnetic HD is the second generation of Konnetic fly rods from Sage, and the benefits of this new technology are ultimately realized in the Sage X. In a nut-shell; Konnetic HD makes the X tougher, lighter, and a more efficient family of fly rods than the ONE, or any other rod company. It will be only a matter of time until every other rod company in the industry comes out with a rod to compete with the X but, as of now, it is a stand-alone product.
 
Performance Review
Now that we have all of the techy talk out of the way, I can tell you what I enjoy most about this rod, where it will be most effective for anglers of all abilities, and even give you line recommendations to make sure you can get as much enjoyment as possible should you choose to buy a Sage X. I had the fortune to cast and fish these rods before many in the industry were even aware that Sage had a new rod set to come out. Like many people, I am always cautious to believe that the latest and greatest is better than what came before it. I bought a 590 ONE after casting it, because it complimented me as a caster, and it was nothing like I had cast before. So when I heard that the X was going to replace the ONE, I decided to take both of them to the park to cast side-by-side and see if there really was any major difference.
 
As a result I no longer own a ONE, and now own two Sage X rods. Why? One of the biggest complaints and weaknesses of faster action fly rods is that their performance suffers at shorter distance casts. This is due to the rod requiring a heavier fly line or more fly line outside the rod tip, in order to make short distance casts. I could immediately sense that the X has significantly more “feel” while making short distance casts, it also makes fishing these distances fun and effortless. This being said, I could also feel that the X cast better at various longer distances, and it feels lighter and more balanced in hand than the ONE. These initial findings were further fortified by my outings this fall and winter with my 390 and 590 Sage X rods. Both rods proved to be incredibly well-rounded, and handled anything from single dry fly rigs to streamer set-ups with ease.
 
A recent road trip to the Northwest only reinforced how great of a rod-series Sage has created. The 590 X was the only rod I took with me up to Washington State this past December, and it proved itself to be one of the most fun rods I have EVER fished! After three days of fishing nymphs, streamers, dry-dropper, and dry flies— my leaders and tippets varying from 0X-7X, not once did I ever feel the rod was out-gunned or over-gunned. Fish both big and small were a blast to catch, and the X easily handled everything encountered.
 
Line Recommendations
Your choice of fly-line is critical. This can make any fly rod feel awesome, or like a pile of garbage. If you are taking the time and money to buy an amazing rod such as the Sage X, you ought to make sure that your fly-line is of a quality that compliments such a rod. Having cast a multitude of fly-lines on the Sage X I will give you a list of my favorite lines that I believe will work for casters of all shapes and abilities.
 
General Purpose Fly Lines (Dries, Streamers, Nymphs of various sizes):
RIO Perception
RIO Gold
Scientific Anglers Amplitude MPX
Scientific Anglers MPX
 
Presentation Fly Lines (Smaller Flies, Spooky Fish):
RIO Gold
RIO WF LT
Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Ultimate Trout
 
Streamer Lines (Boat and Wading Lines for streamers of various sizes):
RIO In-Touch Streamer Tip
RIO In-Touch Outbound Short
AIRFLO Streamer Max Short
Scientific Anglers Freshwater SONAR TITAN

If you can’t tell at this point, I LOVE the X! This is a rod series that has proven itself as a definite improvement over the Sage ONE, and a rod that will change the industry. However, as I mention to everyone looking to buy a new rod, my experience may not reflect yours. Take the time to cast any rod you are interested in BEFORE you buy it! What I like may not be what you like, and as much as I love helping people find a rod that fits them, do yourself a favor and cast any and all fly rods before you buy. That being said, if you are in the market for a new “do it all rod,” you would be making a HUGE mistake by not taking the time to cast the X. Sage has set a new industry standard, and it is a rod that has established itself ten-fold to be a most excellent and versatile fly rod.
 
 
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The X rod’s all-new fast action taper built with our KonneticHD Technology delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip stop - creating tighter, more efficient loops throughout all ranges of casting styles. This taper allows you to dig deeper into the rod and access the lower sections, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank result in a more accurate and efficient presentation, resulting in a performance driven, forgiving fast action blank - refining the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.
  • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA
  • KonneticHD Technology®
  • Black Spruce blank color
  • Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
Freshwater 3 - 6 weights:
  • Vera wood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Flor grade snub nosed half-wells cork handle
Saltwater 5-10 weights:
  • Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
  • Flor quality full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt
  • Laser etched line weight on slide band
  • Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag
  • Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

The Sage X: Believe the Hype
By: Nick Teynor

It’s an undisputed fact that modern fly rods are the toughest, lightest, and most consistent in performance and value they have ever been. Across the fly rod price point, fly fishers have a plethora of choices to choose from, and one company that has been making huge waves in terms of technology and performance is Sage. Ever since the company first started making fly rods in 1980, Sage’s ethos has been “Perfecting Performance”. Recognized internationally as a company that has pushed the boundaries of rod design, materials, and seemingly never satisfied in their quest to design, build, and fish the ultimate fly rod— Sage has been responsible for some of the most popular and coveted fly rods EVER! One category of fly rod that Sage has always made better than anyone else has been the versatile “fast” action fly rod. From the legendary RPL to the ONE, these fly rods have been the benchmark that every other rod manufacturer across the globe has emulated, copied, and tried to make better.

The ONE fly rod was truly one of a kind. It tracked better, cast better, and fished like no other rod on the market, due to Sage’s Konnetic technology. What is Konnetic Technology?  In short and grossly over simplified terms, Konnetic Technology makes the entire fly rod track in a straighter line. This means when fly casting, less energy is wasted, which helps in casting further distances, and since the rod does not oscillate as much as non-konnetic fly rods, it helps to make a more accurate presentation. It did not take long for the rest of the fly-fishing industry to realize the importance of what Sage had accomplished, once again the race was on to emulate and improve the concept of versatile fast-action fly rod design.
           
After the Sage ONE was released it received a ton of praise and awards quickly becoming Sage’s best-selling rod. Many thought that it would be hard, if not impossible, for Sage to design a fly rod that would truly be better in every way, shape, and form compared to the ONE. If there is one other thing that Sage has proven over the years, other than consistently making great high quality fly rods, it is that they can take something great and make it even better. Enter the Sage X— the newest and greatest versatile fast-action fly rod on the market today. I know this may sound like undeserved hype, but the truth is I found the X to be better than the ONE in just about every way! Why? It has what the ONE was found to be lacking: Feel, balance, and the ability to easily fish short to medium distances without sacrificing the “long” game. How did Sage do it? Easy; Konnectic HD Technology.
 
I know… more technical mumbo jumbo right? It does, in this case, change everything. Konnetic HD is the second generation of Konnetic fly rods from Sage, and the benefits of this new technology are ultimately realized in the Sage X. In a nut-shell; Konnetic HD makes the X tougher, lighter, and a more efficient family of fly rods than the ONE, or any other rod company. It will be only a matter of time until every other rod company in the industry comes out with a rod to compete with the X but, as of now, it is a stand-alone product.
 
Performance Review
Now that we have all of the techy talk out of the way, I can tell you what I enjoy most about this rod, where it will be most effective for anglers of all abilities, and even give you line recommendations to make sure you can get as much enjoyment as possible should you choose to buy a Sage X. I had the fortune to cast and fish these rods before many in the industry were even aware that Sage had a new rod set to come out. Like many people, I am always cautious to believe that the latest and greatest is better than what came before it. I bought a 590 ONE after casting it, because it complimented me as a caster, and it was nothing like I had cast before. So when I heard that the X was going to replace the ONE, I decided to take both of them to the park to cast side-by-side and see if there really was any major difference.
 
As a result I no longer own a ONE, and now own two Sage X rods. Why? One of the biggest complaints and weaknesses of faster action fly rods is that their performance suffers at shorter distance casts. This is due to the rod requiring a heavier fly line or more fly line outside the rod tip, in order to make short distance casts. I could immediately sense that the X has significantly more “feel” while making short distance casts, it also makes fishing these distances fun and effortless. This being said, I could also feel that the X cast better at various longer distances, and it feels lighter and more balanced in hand than the ONE. These initial findings were further fortified by my outings this fall and winter with my 390 and 590 Sage X rods. Both rods proved to be incredibly well-rounded, and handled anything from single dry fly rigs to streamer set-ups with ease.
 
A recent road trip to the Northwest only reinforced how great of a rod-series Sage has created. The 590 X was the only rod I took with me up to Washington State this past December, and it proved itself to be one of the most fun rods I have EVER fished! After three days of fishing nymphs, streamers, dry-dropper, and dry flies— my leaders and tippets varying from 0X-7X, not once did I ever feel the rod was out-gunned or over-gunned. Fish both big and small were a blast to catch, and the X easily handled everything encountered.
 
Line Recommendations
Your choice of fly-line is critical. This can make any fly rod feel awesome, or like a pile of garbage. If you are taking the time and money to buy an amazing rod such as the Sage X, you ought to make sure that your fly-line is of a quality that compliments such a rod. Having cast a multitude of fly-lines on the Sage X I will give you a list of my favorite lines that I believe will work for casters of all shapes and abilities.
 
General Purpose Fly Lines (Dries, Streamers, Nymphs of various sizes):
RIO Perception
RIO Gold
Scientific Anglers Amplitude MPX
Scientific Anglers MPX
 
Presentation Fly Lines (Smaller Flies, Spooky Fish):
RIO Gold
RIO WF LT
Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Ultimate Trout
 
Streamer Lines (Boat and Wading Lines for streamers of various sizes):
RIO In-Touch Streamer Tip
RIO In-Touch Outbound Short
AIRFLO Streamer Max Short
Scientific Anglers Freshwater SONAR TITAN

If you can’t tell at this point, I LOVE the X! This is a rod series that has proven itself as a definite improvement over the Sage ONE, and a rod that will change the industry. However, as I mention to everyone looking to buy a new rod, my experience may not reflect yours. Take the time to cast any rod you are interested in BEFORE you buy it! What I like may not be what you like, and as much as I love helping people find a rod that fits them, do yourself a favor and cast any and all fly rods before you buy. That being said, if you are in the market for a new “do it all rod,” you would be making a HUGE mistake by not taking the time to cast the X. Sage has set a new industry standard, and it is a rod that has established itself ten-fold to be a most excellent and versatile fly rod.