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Gear Review: Sage’s 690-4 ONE

by Diana Rudolph   |  January 15th, 2012 0

It’s time to start thinking about that winter trip to Belize or the Bahamas. Sage’s 690-4 ONE is the perfect rod for casting lightweight saltwater flies, especially in calm or skinny water conditions. It has a smooth blend of power, which makes it extremely versatile and adaptive for both fresh and saltwater. I have used it for throwing streamers on western rivers, deer hair mice in Labrador and small crab patterns on the flats. It is powerful enough to pick up a long line and casts a fly into the wind with ease. When paired with RIO’s wf-6-f bonefish taper and light tippet, this rod presents a fly delicately and discreetly to the most discriminating bonefish. Once you learn to cast and achieve high line speed, this small rod performs as well as its heavier cousin, the 8 weight. When conditions allow, leave the 8 behind and lighten up. It’s more fun, it’s more effective and you’ll catch more fish.

The 690-4 ONE is available in both fresh and saltwater configurations and retails for $725.00.

About Diana Rudolph

Diana Rudolph grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but spent much of her youth vacationing in the Florida Keys where her father first introduced her to fishing. Her first encounter with a tarpon left her enchanted, propelling her into the realm of fly fishing. After receiving her B.A. in biology and attending graduate school, she returned full-time to her passion and was successful in both the women's bonefish and tarpon fly fishing tournaments in the Keys for a decade. In 2004 Diana became the only woman to ever win the prestigious 30-year-old Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. She currently holds eight I.G.F.A. fly division records including the largest tarpon ever caught on a fly rod by a woman. She is a contributing writer for many fly-fishing magazines and is on the advisory staff for Sage, RIO, and Simms. She also co-hosted The Sportsman’s Channel series Breaking the Surface for two years. In addition, Diana hosts fly-fishing trips for Reel Women, is an instructor for the Florida Keys Outfitters saltwater school, and conducts fly fishing tutorials for clubs and fly shops. When not traveling to fly fishing destinations throughout the world, Diana resides in the Pacific Northwest where she is developing a fondness for steelhead.

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