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IFTD: Sage follows up on EFTTEX success

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Jerry Siem, Sage’s Chief Fly Rod Designer, is pictured with the Best in Show Award at IFTD.
↑ Sage Director of Sales, Marc Bale, shows off the award-winning 8000 Pro series reel.

Sage followed up on its success on the European circuit by taking the American fly market by storm at IFTD with its CIRCA collection.

It has added to the EFTTEX Best New Fly Rod award it won in June by taking the ultimate prize in Reno, Nevada – the Best in Show – alongside the Best Freshwater Fly Rod.

And just for good measure, the Bainbridge Island, Washington, company took the Best Saltwater Reel with its new 8000 Pro Series.

“Winning these awards is further evidence that we have the best design team in the industry,” said Sage Marketing Manager, Eric Gewiss. “This is a big honour for everyone at Sage.”

The CIRCA collection is Sage’s first high performance, slow action fly rod. Using Konnetic technology, the CIRCA collection packs more carbon fibre into a smaller diameter using new manufacturing methods. It results in a consistently slow, yet responsive action from butt to tip and minimal torsional movement for extraordinary accuracy.

Improved sensitivity gives anglers the precision and control needed for delicate presentations, making ‘match-the-hatch’ fisheries ideal for these fly rods.

The two to five weight series will be available at fly fishing speciality retailers in September.

The 8000 PRO series gives anglers a new dimension in fish stopping power via an integrated secondary drag control system. Based on Sage’s Sealed Carbon System (SCC), the 8000 PRO features a two-stage drag control. The primary drag knob adjusts in one revolution with 1-20 numbered settings, while the secondary drag knob fine-tunes drag resistance by 15% with each sequential adjustment as well as preventing over-spooling when pulling line to cast.

With settings A through to E, there are a total of 195 individual drag combinations with a maximum setting that has 40% more drag than the 6000 series.

Featuring a quick change spool mechanism, a broad concave palming rim and grooved frame for securing line when not casting, this reel will also be available in fly shops in September.

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