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How do I change the retrieval direction on my Sage Fly Reel?
All Sage reels come set up for left-hand retrieve. If you would like to switch this direction to right-hand, switching the retrieval direction on your Sage Fly Reel is a straightforward task. View the videos below for assistance.
Model: 8000 or 6000: View Video
Model: 4600: View Video
Model: 4200: View Video
Model: Click: View Video
Model: 1800: View Video
I am new to fly fishing, what rod should I buy?
The most logical step, if you have the opportunity, is to test cast a range of rods and then purchase the rod that best suits your needs. We manufacture a wide range of performance fly rods for every level of angler, casting style and techniques. Generally, our rod recommendations to newer anglers are based on action preference, the fishing situation and your budget. There are many variables to consider when buying your first fly rod; far too many to discuss in a simple sentence. Our best advice would be to visit your local authorized Sage dealer and have a conversation with the shop experts. All Sage dealers have a wealth of knowledge and expertise about equipment and fisheries and will be more than happy to help you choose the right rod for you. You may also contact us at 800-533-3004 and ask to speak with one of our Sage Technical Customer Service representatives for help and advice.
How can I "test cast" a Sage rod before making a purchase?
Please contact your local Sage dealer. Sage dealers have knowledgeable staff and most have casting demos where you can test cast and compare our rods. Note: Demo availability and policies vary from dealer to dealer.
What is the difference between the Sage rod families?
There are two fundamental characteristics of a rod. The first is application and the second is action (or flex). Application involves understanding what rod length, line weight, and componentry is best suited for your intended fishery. Once you understand your application then you’ll need to determine what action is best for you. Fundamentally, action choice should be based on personal preference. We offer a wide range of actions, from Slow to Ultra-Fast, that should satisfy any need. Anglers who prefer a "fast" action rod would be more inclined to the actions of the ONE, METHOD, TXL-F, Xi3, VXP, BASS II or Response. More moderate and slow action rods include the Approach and CIRCA. Each family of rods will have a slightly different action so we strongly suggest you visit your local fly shop and test cast any rod you are considering. Have no fear, we believe that there is a rod for every occasion and every type of angler.
Can I use a heavier or lighter line than recommended for the rod?
We have carefully designed the rods to balance with the recommended line weight. For maximum performance, we suggest that you use the line weight recommended on the rod. That being said, it is possible to line up a rod by one size to load the rod more quickly and give you more feeling with less line outside of the tip. The downfall is that you may lose performance at longer distances. It's up to you.
Where do I find my Serial Number?
The serial number is located opposite the Sage logo on the butt section of the rod and is written in black ink. If you are having trouble seeing the number we recommend taking the rod out into natural light and rotating the blank to change the angle of view. Please note that the serial number will always be one or two letters followed by five numbers. It is also worth noting that Sage Blanks do not carry serial numbers and therefore custom-built rods put together from blanks do not have this distinguishing mark.
What defines a Saltwater rod?
Any Sage rod with an anodized aluminum reel seat and fighting butt can be used safely in salt water. All Sage rods #7 and up come standard with Anodized Aluminum reel seats that combat corrosion, although we always recommend rinsing your gear down with fresh water after having used it in the saltwater environment. Many Sage #6 rods offer the option on the reel seat. Check with your dealer for details.
Do Sage blanks carry the Lifetime Warranty?
Yes, Sage blanks carry a lifetime warranty for the original owner. It is important to remember that we do not, however, warranty the work of the person who custom builds the rod. This must be negotiated separately.
Where are Sage rods made?
All Sage rods are made at our manufacturing facility on Bainbridge Island, in Washington state, USA.
Do you offer tours?
Yes, we do offer tours of our manufacturing facility. If you are interested in a tour, please call 1.800.533.3004 and make an appointment so that we can be sure that someone is available when you arrive. We recommend Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1PM PST as the best times to see activity in the manufacturing facility but this changes seasonally and so an appointment is recommended.
Where can I find the manual for my Sage fly reel?
How do I get stuck ferrules loose?
It's easiest to use two people to pull the rod sections apart. Alternately, you can use rubber jar openers to get a better grip on the rod sections. Be careful that you get a good grip so you don't slip and damage the guides. Also, make sure you don't twist the rod sections, as this can damage the carbon in the ferrules. Where can I get spools for my older model reels? Since Sage does not sell spools directly, the best thing to do is to do an Internet search for the specific reel model to try to identify a place for purchase.
If my old rod or blank is not repairable and is replaced with another one, can I still get my old one back?
You may request to receive your old rod or blank back; however, if we have replaced it with another one we will modify the old one in such a way as to render it unusable. You must specifically request to receive your old rod back at the time of service, as it will not automatically be returned unless it is requested.
Can I send my rod in for repair without payment information and have you bill me later?
Please include payment with your rod. Repair work will not begin until payment is received. At this time we accept all major credit cards as well as personal checks and Money Orders. Please note that charges will not be applied until the repair is complete.
Why do I have to pay for an upgrade if my rod can’t be repaired and my serial number begins with A-L?
At the time these rods were manufactured, the Sage lifetime warranty only covered material and workmanship defects. Starting with serial numbers beginning with the letter "M", Sage introduced an upgraded version of their original owner lifetime warranty which included breakage for any reason. Many of the earlier rods, with serial numbers beginning with A-L, can no longer be repaired due to material availability so we must replace them with a newer version. All replacement rods come with the upgraded version of the Sage Lifetime warranty.
Any other specific product or technical questions?
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