söndag 27 maj 2012

The "Raison d'être" Of My Blog On Blogspot - Or The Reason For Which I Started This Blog PART 3


          Well I guess it's about time I presented the rod I've used most of the ones I have. It's a Sage 490 SP which sad to say isn't produced anymore but I guess Sage has something similar in their current lineup.

It's a 3 piece graphite rod for an AFTM #4 line



Here are the specifications of the rod  

          I consider it to be an ideal all round rod. It can equally be used fishing with large streamers as with small dry flies. Either one, and all flies in between, is a pleasure to use with this rod. Just a word of caution. It's not the easiest rod to master. SP in the name stands for "Smooth Performance" and that is really true. On the other hand it has a progressive action so the backbone of the rod is capable to handle fish up to like 10 lb. At the same time it's a pleasure to play 1 lb fish with it. So it has a wide span of uses. That means that it takes some time to master it since you can cast it with an open loop (of the fly line) and a very tight loop if needed. I was very confused the first times I fished with it.


The thin tip gives it a very smooth performance

I use it with this LOOP Model Dry Fly Reel

          Using a Lee Wulff Triangle Taper intermediate fly line gives a very fine presentation of streamers of various sizes. Either I use that line or a Floating line with dry flies or small nymphs etc.

        To sum it all up - it's an excellent rod to fish with almost any type of fly. It's a very demanding rod, so it isn't a rod I would recommend to anyone beginning to enjoy fly fishing.

        The reel was primarily sold by LOOP but is now produced and sold by the inventor of the reel at: Danielsson Reels; Here in Sweden. I don't know if they have a retailer in some other country. It really is a joy to fish with the reel since it has a large arbor and is very light. So thin tippets is no problem. OK, that's all for now. Hope the info is of some use to someone. Have fun fly fishing your way ...
 

 

5 kommentarer:

Andy Baird sa...

Hi Mats - you have two design classics from the modern fly fishing era there.... and they look great together.

Best,
Andy

Brk Trt sa...

A fine rod for sure.

The Jassid Man sa...

Thank you for your comments Andy and Brk Trt! I appreciate them a lot. Will post a conclusion of the presented equipment later.
Have fun fly fishing,
Mats Olsson

city sa...

nice opinion. thanks for posting.

Jay sa...

The SP was a great rod series.
I got a 586-3 SP which is a bit stronger rod than yours.