Tag: fly rod

Fly Rod Choice For North Texas Carp and Largemouth Bass

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

My Choices for boat rods fly fishing for carp and bass North Texas

Opinions on fly rods are, like opinions in general; you know … everybody has one. The reality is the best rod for you is the one that best matches your cast. If you cast enough, I mean a WHOLE LOT, the rod matters a lot less than the ability to change rods – from a mountain 2 weight to a saltwater 12 weight. If your cast is locked and loaded, you could do both rods (and anything in between) in the same day – and the action of the rod is inconsequential.

I am on the water Tuesday morning, so enjoy this and I will get the continuation of this video out (the 360 Nikon maybe) later this week. I apparently had two cameras going (double live GONZO!), and may just run both for your comparisons sake. This Nikon 360 software is nothing short of a nightmare!

Sage SALT Fly Rod Review by Zach Matthews

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Sage Salt Ad Courtesy Sage Fly Fishing
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.


Konnetic technology
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

Size Chart Sage Salt Fly Rod

Profit and Loss Statement

| June 13, 2013 | 4 Comments

I came off the water around Isle du Bois Quail Run Campground beat down from the heat and starving. I had ignored one of the top rules of the great outdoors – “Eat before you’re hungry. Drink before you’re thirsty.” I don’t know who said that first, but by the time I started loading up, I couldn’t see straight, and my vision was tunneling.

And that’s how I left a brand new, as in first time out, Temple Forks Mangrove nine weight with a beautiful new Lamson Waterworks 3.5x Velocity Nickel sitting on the roof and drove off.

By the time I had figured out what happened, I was all the way back to Denton. Still on I35, I turned back and zoomed to the park where the ranger station was already closed. I ran down to the campground circle, walked the road, and it was history as in HIS TO REE. Elapsed time about forty minutes.

It’s hard to know what one’s supposed to take away from a presumptive loss like this, but as many days as I am out … something has to happen – sometime, somewhere. I never write my name on rods or reels, but do on everything else I own, and that’s paid off in the past. Now, it’s time to consider labeling the rest of my gear, including rods and reels. Heck of a deal.

I guess the big takeaway is: Don’t expect anything from anyone else, as in honestly returning something (to authorities), that’s not theirs. And someone else obviously needed a brand new nine weight fly rod and reel. My loss is their profit, and so it goes. That’s the world we live in now. I hope they enjoy it, and learn how to use it well. A fly rod is a nine foot crack pipe after all.

One little tip I will gladly share with you here is that there are great ways of finding lost things that may surface on the internet. Of course I kept some details about this setup secret, but you can also use the power of google to create a unique and regular search using terms that would apply to something like this. You can set up a google search that checks for something every day, and e mails you when something new pops. My terms for this will probably be Lamson and Mangrove because of their unlikely pairing. If those two words show, the google bots will let me know. Try it sometime. It’ll make you think about “The Matrix” in a whole new light.

So with a loss of this quality comes what I call the “penalty box,” which is where I am until further notice. No replacement for this rod or reel is in my near future. I’ll have to make due next week at Port O’Connor with rods other than a new TFO Mangrove 9 weight, and reels other than a new Lamson Velocity 3.5x Nickel.

ORVIS – Feed Your Addiction

| August 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hey, sometimes you just have to get hit between the eyes with a pure shot of fly action. To this day, I have yet to own an Orivs rod for some strange reason, but that day just got a little closer. Anybody looking to upgrade? Anybody?

Excalibur Meets Its Maker

| January 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

I waited until the holiday rush was officially over to ship off my Sage fly rod today. The rush is over isn’t it? Anyway, the form is an easy .pdf download from Sage’s site, and the only thing I saw that could trip a fellow is the fact they want the pieces of breakage, and the entire fly rod when it comes to rod repairs. If you haven’t read the story of how my rod arrived at this pitiful juncture, please feel free to read “I Stepped on a Rock and it Rolled.”

Of course I couldn’t resist enclosing a letter with my Sage XI2 seven weight when I dropped it off at the nearby Pack-and-Mail. It does make me nervous just dropping something like that off, and I guess the letter will serve to entertain the “lucky” Sage employee on the other end. It did help to put the rod in proper perspective as you will read.


To: Sage Rod Repair
re. Sage XI2 7904

Dear Repairs,

It is with extreme sadness that I return my newly purchased, barely used Sage XI2 rod to your repair department. You see, I already consider it my daily driver, and drive it does! This is my favorite rod, and does everything I want it to do in warm water.

Unfortunately, I was scatting along some riprap rocks recently and took a nasty spill. At first I was extremely upset about the rod, but then I realized I should be glad to escape with as little injury as occurred. Still, my heart aches for my once tall and beautiful Sage Fly Rod.

When you hold it in your hands, see if you don’t feel the power of “Excalibur” coursing through its cork grips. There’s something there, perhaps faint, but I do feel it. Although rocks were involved in its breakage, rest assured I did not try to stab a boulder to see if the tip would somehow penetrate and hold the rod for the next young fly fishing knight to come along and try to pull from the rock. Alas, it was only a simple slip that lead it into your trusted hands.

Now, as you inspect this superior technological wonder, you should know that before it stopped at the end of a long fall, it was pristine – spotless. You will now observe it to have deep wounds on the butt section and what I fear to be a contagious rash on the cork handle. The breaking of the tip is painfully obvious.

I must assume you test a rod before returning it to it’s humble owner; for fractures perhaps unseen, but also just as deadly. If not, I would implore you to do so, as the fall was so consequential that I fear for hidden fissures or fractures.

Once my sharpest rod rejoins the quiver, you can expect it to make short work of common carp, largemouth bass, stripers, sand bass, gar, redfish, speckled trout, ladyfish, palmetto bass and even flounder.

Please, for all that is the love of fly fishing, return my rod to me at your earliest convenience. I feel luckless without it, and outmatched by the aforementioned fish in every way. The puppies of our winter will soon grow to the dogs of summer, and I need my rod to do battle with the greatest of fish, and wash away the tragedy of its absence.


And so it goes on this fine day in January’s cool grip, that a superior fly rod begins another journey, home, and back home again. My luck has been so dastardly that I am tempted to hang this rod on the wall when it comes home so that I may admire it through the cold months and save its magic for springtime harvesting.

Perhaps you are battling your own weather – feeling under the weather, as you read this. There aren’t too many healthy people in my sphere right now. Vicious colds have gripped the household, and spread throughout the area without contact. Dallas-Fort Worth is under a “Flu Advisory” and apparently the weather is turning bitter Saturday.

In the interest of the ever growing geographic regions reading Texas Fly Caster, I have begun to move the weather information (located in the right hand column) around the State of Texas. We are now looking at South Padre Island – read it and weep.