"Sage ONE" Spey Rod Review
I had the pleasure of casting the Sage ONE 7126-4 spey rod for a week while I was fishing the Olympic Peninsula.
Luckily, I got more than just a few casts in with it:
Needless to say, I was able to give it the best gear test imaginable.
The Sage ONE Series is excellent for long days of casting heavy lines and weighted flies for winter steelhead. As described by the company itself:
Our lightest, most responsive two-handed rods yet.
The new Two-Handed ONE spey rods place all the remarkable benefits of Konnetic technology in both of your hands. Its lighter weight and decidedly thinner profile are welcome assets over a long day of fishing, reducing casting fatigue and minimizing wind resistance for tireless casts. Thanks to the shaft’s significantly enhanced torsional stability, the rod recovers extremely quickly as it moves through the cast, optimizing load carry and line speed for long, smooth, flawless casts every time. The shaft’s decreased lateral movement and vibrations keep you more connected to your line, cast, mends and swing.
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With the 7126-4, I was able to cast tight loops with a Skagit Flight 500 gr. line, 12 ft. of T-14, and large weighted flies, without the normal fatigue that occurs after a full day of “a thousand casts” for these tough winter fish.
Making “off-shoulder”, double-spey, snap-t, under tree limbs or around-a-rock casts– it easily loaded line and when the timing was right, the cast launched superbly.
The low down on why I would buy this rod in a heart-beat:
- The sleek design (gotta love that Black Ice color)
- The capability to easily cast long, heavy lines/winter gear
- Its light-weight feel and tough handling when fighting a big fish
- Solid rod tube that isn’t bad to look at in your living room
- The lifetime warranty Info Here
I wanted to do a review on this particular model of the ONE Series, because last year my husband and I got a Sage TCX 7126-4 for a wedding gift (best registry item idea ever!), and we both love how that rod handles winter steelhead and has the same fast-action feel, but to me, the ONE Series just takes it up a notch. I have always liked a more medium-fast action spey rod, as that is the type I learned to cast on, but the ONE feels like that nice happy medium between the TCX and one that’s slightly slower. I guess that’s the difference between “ultra smooth fast action” and “fast action” (as the two are described on Sage’s website).
As you saw in the photos, I was blessed to be able to fight a nice fish on the ONE (a beautiful 36″ wild hen at that), and even with the long runs she took, the amount of weight I had to put on the cork to keep her from running my line clear out of my reel, and eventually (25 minutes later) get her in to the bank, the 7 wt. handled the fight as well as any 8 wt. rod I have fished with before.
Now, since the ONE is not exactly inexpensive, and I do not have the luxury of getting it for less than what it is worth, I have to choose my rods carefully that I have in my meager collection at this point. With that said, I would probably try the 8126-4 before I dove right in to making a purchase. The fact that I might end up with something much larger than 17 lbs. of feisty chrome on the end of the line, I would feel a little more comfortable with a slightly larger weight rod. If I had to choose one for a straight “winter steelhead” rod, an 8 wt. could be the best option; however for an all-around summer/winter rod, the 7126-4 is a great compromise.
Ultimately, would I recommend this rod series to anyone? YES. No question about it.
See for yourself:
“Swing Flies, Be Happy”