sage salt fly rod #flyfishing
By now you probably aren’t surprised that I am a bit behind on the new quiver of fly rods that were thrown to the fly fishing public at the recent IFTD, a fly fishing trade show and the epicenter of everything fly fishing that happens once a year, this year in Orlando, Florida. For some reason I find the fish in my hand to be a little more inspiring than the latest greatest …
The Sage SALT is the rod that allowed me to get my hands on a Sage Xi3 12wt (discontinued) for a great price. I just didn’t know the SALT was the reason. Now I do. Thanks to an article in Midcurrent – IFTD Announces New Product Showcase Winners 2014, and a good review on the new SALT can be found through Zach Matthews at the Itinerant Angler. Zach is a straight shooter, and has a great perspective on articles like this one.
Of course a review leads to curiosity, and curiosity kills this cat. I am also seeing the 2015 SALT showing up in online fly shop sales as well. As far as “in hand?” – well not just yet. And only the mention of it on the Sage site is in their blog. I guess they want it in all the stores before they blast it on their website.
It’s hard not to think SALT when I am just eighty miles from it right now, and Sage certainly has a reputation that precedes it when it comes to heavy salt sticks, so as soon as I get one to do a real review, you’ll read / see all about it here.
There are plenty of reviews of this rod showing up on the interweb, so best to dig in on google – you can hit my google search “search the web” box on the side of this site to do a google search if you want a shortcut.
SAGE SALT FEATURES
Fast loading, saltwater action
Dark Sapphire blank color
Black thread wraps with silver trim wraps
Oversized Fuji ceramic stripper guides
Oversized hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
Heavy-duty, Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
Laser etched rod weight on slide band
Super Plus full-wells cork handle
Black rod bag with Electric Blue logo
Electric Blue powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion
Nice redfish caught on fly by DS yesterday near the SLP, Galveston area, Texas.
Welcome to wherever you are this morning! I have made the rounds since last Wednesday, and find myself in The Woodlands for the Madre’s birthday.
How can I explain that being here is a lot like being at Disneyland for a fisherman, and not getting to ride the rides – if you’re on a schedule and wrapped up tight with family. We had a grand total of about 20 minutes to fish a closed golf course (closed on Mondays) … and it’s off to another event.
Yesterday, I guess, was my salt fix. We launched on the south side of the SLP, and moved out at daybreak on the falling tide. It was a sleigh ride of sorts, as the water rushed out of the marshes. We had some inaccurate tide info to rely on, so once that tide was done going out, the fish were also done eating.
I had zero shots at zero fish that I saw, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. DS, our leader for the day, managed two reds at 21 and 25 inches. He certainly saw them. He also informed me that some photographs I took of several people catching, last year and himself included, are in the latest issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. Little Did I know!
Anyway, folks are rushing around here, and it’s out the door again for another something-or-other. It is what it is.
Fly Fishing Southern Colorado – Living Waters Fly Shop
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 @ 10:00 A.M.
Southern Colorado is a fly fisher’s paradise and there is an ample supply of public, top-notch water! Chris and Matt have both spent extensive time fishing, scouting, and researching southern Colorado. They will be sharing info about some of their favorite rivers, creeks, and streams during this presentation. Fly selection, hatch info, access, and map info will all be covered! If you bring your Colorado maps, we will happily mark some of our favorite Hot Spots on them, and if you need a map of Colorado, we actually stock our favorite versions — Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Whether you want to target rainbows and browns in big water, or brookies in high mountain streams, this clinic will get you ready. Now, if you are a rapid cutthroat trout junkie like Chris…well,there’s hope for you! (not much if you have it as bad as Chris though) Chris will mention some “Off-the-beaten-path” places to target cutthroats in the high country. (He will not mention ******** Creek however)
END NOTE – *Makes me think about another story idea.* Wondering about how much guides should share, how much and how often they are asked to share, and if the old standards are finally falling down?* What are the old standards you