Saturday, July 28, 2012

glass clubs

Following up on the Sage Circa post, I thought we should talk about fiberglass fly rods for a minute. When glass hit the scene, it all but destroyed the bamboo rod market. When graphite came along, it did the same to glass.
It seems as many anglers work through their testosterone phase of "pounding the hogs", they're realizing that fly fishing isn't exactly an activity that demands cro-magnon sensibilities and that the slower tempo and increased fish-fighting-fun that glass brings to the table is worth re-examining. At the forefront of this somewhat underground revolution is Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto blog. If you think you want to get into the swing of glass, check Cameron out, he features a lot of very special rods from smaller builders on his page.
 I have been considering a new glass rod for some time and haven't been able to pull the trigger on the Scott F2 rod that I've been coveting, or even the Hardy glass rod at $200 less. I did, however, pick up a new old stock Orvis fiberglass rod off eBay about a month ago.
The problem with vintage glass rods is that most of them were junky 60's and 70's era crap with cheap metal ferrules and even shittier reel seats. This Orvis one at least has a moderately honest black anodized seat and foregoes the metal ferrules. I don't know when Orvis stopped hand-penning their name on their blanks (bamboo rods aside), but it sure adds a nice touch of class to the rod.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sage Circa

It looks like Sage is going to start making fly rods that bend, and I can hardly fucking believe it.

Sage CIRCA - Fly Fishing with Advanced, Slow-Action Performance. from Sol Duc Buck on Vimeo.

My very first good fly rod was a Sage SP 480. I had been fishing for a year and decided I liked fly fishing enough to drop a pile of cash that I didn't have on the counter of the local fly shop and take that rod to the river. It was really light, it was pretty, and it cast like a dream. The next season I determined that I absolutely couldn't survive without a three weight rod, only this time the pile of cash was a bit taller and the hand penned script on the rod said Winston IM6. I never enjoyed fishing that SP rod again.
It turns out that when a fly rod actually bends a little bit you don't break your 7x tippet off on fish nearly as often, you don't pull flies out of a trout's mouth on those sneaky downstream casts as often either.
Years have gone by since then and Sage has done their best to make their rods even stiffer, sure, they cast a nice tight loop 80-120 feet just fine, and you can get them to bend if you line them up with one line heavier than they're rated for.
Now Sage has released the "Circa" line of rods. I'm actually curious to fish one, however, the whole thing reeks a little of the "New Coke" marketing scheme, I mean, how long has it been since Sage gave a shit about soft fly rods? Maybe a few Winston customers will buy them instead of Biiix rods next season, who knows, but when the dust settles I have a feeling people will be saying "remember the Circa, whatever happened to that rod?" And Sage will have returned to rolling blanks that let you cast over the next horizon.