Sage One Wins "Best Rod" at EFTTEX

Sage One Wins "Best Rod" at EFTTEX

Sage

In the movie The Matrix, "The One" was the only person who could defeat machines holding the human race as a hostage energy supply. The character Morpheus spent a lifetime searching for "The One" and finally found it in Neo, the singular person who could stop bullets and learn Kung Fu in a matter of seconds.

In fly fishing, the ONE is Sage's answer to everyone's search for the ultimate all-around performance rod. It doesn't stop bullets in mid-air, but it is light and fast, and brings game-changing technology to fresh and salt water.

For the past few months, everything about the new rod has been hush-hush. I've known the rod was coming, and even had a chance to take 8- and 9-weight versions saltwater fishing for a few days, but a press embargo kept news about the rod under wraps until it was officially unveiled at the first industry trade show of 2011 — the European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition (EFTTEX) in Amsterdam, June 17-19.


In Amsterdam, the ONE was named "Best New Fly Rod" by the European trade association, and the rod will be making its American debut at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in New Orleans, Aug. 18-20. While the show judges wiggle the rods under the bright lights of the convention floor, we've already had the chance to fish with the rods for several days in the salt. Here are the highlights:


Visually, the rods are different than anything Sage has previously produced. The blanks are glossy black — no Sage green or muted reds or amber as in previous decades of Sage rods. Sage calls the color "Black Ice."


More important, the rod shaft is noticeably slimmer with low-profile ferrules intended to cut weight and create a more sensitive stick — not just so you can feel a nymph ticking along the bottom, but so you can receive better feedback from the rod during casting. The idea is that if you can feel what the line is doing at all times, you'll be prompted to become a better caster. Heavy, clunky rods don't give you the same feedback as something as light and responsive as the ONE.

The text on the blank of the ONE touts Sage's new Konnetic Technology. Don't look that word up in the dictionary, you won't find it.

Sage says, "Konnetic technology, the most recent and significant evolution in fly rod innovation, uses new materials combined with pioneering manufacturing methods and processes. This technology incorporates an optimized ratio of Sage's proprietary resin to exclusive high modulus aerospace-grade carbon fiber.


The latest construction methods include Sage's Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS), a process that precisely aligns and positions carbon fiber materials to exacting tolerances for the greatest blank strength, delivering extremely efficient energy transfer throughout the shaft. Using Sage's High Compression Molding process, carbon fibers are compacted for optimum density and precise alignment while simultaneously fusing the 50% lighter all-carbon fiber inner core.

Sage

"The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter and are 25% lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency. Further innovations are the 70% lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel. The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in astonishing casting accuracy that is unparalleled in the marketplace."


"The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler's arm," says Sage rod designer, Jerry Siem. "It offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and is translated to the hand through the rod instantaneously."

The ONE rod will be available at Sage authorized retail locations in August/September 2011 with a selection of 22 single hand models. ONE rods range from 3- to 10-weights priced from $715 to $740.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Modern methods for catching smallmouths on topwater flies. Bass

How to Catch Smallmouth Bass on Topwater Flies

Dave Karczynski and Tim Landwehr

Modern methods for catching smallmouths on topwater flies.

These dense, indestructible nymphs will improve your subsurface game. Fly Tying

Perdigon Nymph

Charlie Craven - January 15, 2019

These dense, indestructible nymphs will improve your subsurface game.

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that occurred on what appeared to be a routine guide trip on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in a shallow lagoon near San Pedro, Brazil. Industry

Fly Fishing Community Stunned by Twin Slayings on Belize Saltwater Flat

Fly Fisherman Online Staff - June 27, 2019

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Master fly tier Charlie Craven discuss the tools and materials needed to tie the Black Beauty.

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

A backhand cast is when you use your backcast to deliver the fly.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

George Daniels offers his advice on which types of fly-fishing leaders are best for the most common applications you'll encounter on the water. How-To

Picking the Perfect Fly-Fishing Leader

George Daniel - January 22, 2018

George Daniels offers his advice on which types of fly-fishing leaders are best for the most...

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones are brightly colored treasures. Trout

Alpine Lakes for Remote Monsters

Landon Mayer - April 18, 2018

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones...

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range. United States

Wind River Range Wyoming

Greg Thomas - July 27, 2015

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range.

See More Stories

More Accessories

Scott has hit a home run with this one: The Scott G-Series is a rod that will be winning fans and catching fish for another decade. Accessories

Scott G-Series

Ross Purnell, Editor - November 28, 2017

Scott has hit a home run with this one: The Scott G-Series is a rod that will be winning fans...

The Overlook ZS2 500 is comfortable and allows you to stay organized. Accessories

Umpqua Overlook ZS2 500 Chest Pack Kit

Fly Fisherman - January 23, 2020

The Overlook ZS2 500 is comfortable and allows you to stay organized.

Perfect for day trips in rafts or drift boats. Accessories

Yeti Hopper M30

Ross Purnell - December 19, 2019

Perfect for day trips in rafts or drift boats.

See More Accessories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.