Sage is constantly moving forward with rod design and this year is no different. Sage is introducing two new rod series this summer; The Salt (to replace the classic XI3) and the Accel (to replace the VXP). Below is some additional information on these two new rod series. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call here at the shop! We should be getting these new rods in sometime around the first week of August.
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.
You can View more info on the Sage Salt Fly Rod Here
Also coming from Sage in August is the New Sage Accel Fly Rod
The Sage ACCEL fly rod series is a new medium-fast action rod series that includes single hand, switch and spey rods. For the ACCEL fly rod 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 Sage ACCEL fly 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 Sage ACCEL fly rods feature an emerald green blank color with, like the Sage SALT fly rod series, distinctive black wraps, Fuji ceramic stripper guides and hard-chromed snake guides. Reel seat and cork configurations vary depending on rod model.
Sage ACCEL single hand fly 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.
We just wanted to let everyone know we still have three slots available for the Spey Casting Class with Mike McCune and Whitney Gould on Sunday May 18th. If you are interested or would like more information on this class, please give us a call at the shop. This is an awesome opportunity to hone your skills as a caster or learn the basics if you are new to Spey casting!
Also, the Snake River Cutthroats are putting on a Free Casting Clinic TODAY May 6th and Thursday May 8th. This free clinic starts at 6:30 both days does not require you to sign up in advance. This will be a great time so be sure to attend!
We have another awesome book signing coming up on Thursday the 24th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Al Ritt will be in signing copies of his new book 25 Most Versatile Flies. This is a great book and another great opportunity to get your copy personalized! Come on down and check it out.
BASIC TWO HANDED (SPEY) CASTING CLASS
Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th, 2014
We are excited to host a two handed rod class with instructors Mike McCune and Whitney Gould. Both are well known in the two handed world and will be in Idaho Falls in mid May to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for this style of casting.
The class is directed at the beginning to intermediate level caster. The class will cover a variety of casts, line tapers, and familiarize you with a lot of the terminology. Mike and Whitney will teach you which cast is the best based on wind direction, casting room and which side of the river you are fishing from.
We recommend bringing your own tackle however tackle will be available for anyone who does not have a two handed outfit. We’ll be in the water (shallow wading) so hip or chest waders are needed.
There are two dates to choose from: Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th. Both classes will start at 9 am and continue into the afternoon with a break for lunch. Class location is on the Snake river near Idaho Falls. Class size is limited to 6 casters to ensure as much individual instruction from Mike and Whitney.
Class fee is $200.00 per student and includes lunch. Please call the shop to reserve a space or if you have any additional questions.
2014 FLY CASTING CLASS SCHEDULE;
Look for schedule of this class to be posted later in the year.
Below are some particulars that will apply to it.
LOCATION: Tautphaus Park near the Fountains, from 6:30 -8:30pm.
Contact the shop (208-524-7160, [email protected]) to enroll and for more information.
Just a quick reminder to everyone that the East Idaho Fly Tying Expo is coming up on the 25th and 26th of April. A full list of workshops is now up on the expo’s website http://www.srcexpo.com/ for you to view. We take care of sign-ups for all workshops so give us a call to get set up or with any questions you may have.
We also have tickets for F3T that is coming up on Friday April 25th. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Back by popular demand, Simms has introduced the new G3 guide Bootfoot waders! We have special ordered a few in for customers already and they are a great looking pair of waders. The boot is a BOGS boot and is offered in both a felt and lug sole bottom. Just like the G3 stockingfoot, the bootfoot has five layer goretex in high wear areas and a three layer upper. Both layers are improved fabrics which are 25% more breathable then previous models. The G3 Bootfoot is a great pair of waders that I encourage all of you to check out, give us a call at the shop if we can help you out in any way!
Here is some additional information from simms;