Sage Aims to Redefine Casting Accuracy, Unveils “The One” Fly Rod

The One

In August/September 2011, Sage Manufacturing will be launching The ONE rod series.

The ONE rod is the first fly rod to take advantage of Sage’s groundbreaking Konnetic technology.

Konnetic technology, the most recent 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 percent lighter all-carbon fiber inner core.

The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in what Sage claims is unparalleled casting accuracy.

The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter as well as weigh 25 percent lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency.

Further innovations are the 70 percent lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacrificing strength, critical action and feel.

“The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler’s arm,” notes Sage Chief 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 fast-action ONE rod family is intended for all fishing conditions thanks to a list of high-end features. A custom cork handle is fashioned in a snub-nose, half-wells grip on the 3 through 6 weights and a full-wells handle with fighting butt on the saltwater capable 6 through 10-weights. Each handle is designed to match the exact taper of the rod providing even greater sensitivity and feel.

Other details include the Sage-designed round eye tip-top which never pinches or binds the line, allowing the caster to mend and cast in any direction with full control.

On the 3 through 6-weights, the elegant walnut insert is perfectly married with the bronze anodized aluminum reel seat. Saltwater weights feature all anodized reel seat components.

The ONE Rod comes in a new black ice color, which has a translucent finish and is complemented by black guide wraps and bronze trim wraps. Each rod comes with a powder-coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion and a hand-made rod sock.

“The ONE Rod is smooth and precise with an intentionally forgiving ‘sweet spot’ that complements widely diverse casting styles,” says Eric Gewiss, Sage’s Marketing Manager. “This helps the angler make a full range of close-in and long distance casts that hit the mark with equal ease. Being able to feel exactly what the line is doing through all stages of the cast gives anglers ultimate control so they can make the micro-adjustments needed to place the fly precisely where it’s wanted.”

Already award winning, the ONE rod has been recognized as the “Best New Fly Rod” at EFTTEX 2011. Award ceremonies were held last week at the EFTTEX show in Amsterdam.

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 through 10-weights and will be priced from $715 to $740.

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  • Kirk Werner

    Oh, great.  Just great. I’ve been dreaming for a long time about a 3 weight for small water fishing where accuracy is key. I don’t need this type of temptation. Thanks, Sage. I want ONE.

    • matt werner

      Funny someone with the same last name! my father Paul is right into his fly fishing here in new zealand. He was lucky enough to win a custom made sage in the One Fly guiding competition. I’m a musician in my spare time,  where in the world are you from?

    • Alex Jardine_UK

      Hi Kirk, if you are looking for a 3wt i would recommend that you look at the sage TXL-F also, in my opinion it is a much nicer rod (both of which I used 4 days ago). If you have a shop where you can try them it is hugely recomended

  • Kbarton

     Get DOWN with the Superlatives … they must’ve paid a fortune for all that Madison Avenue marketing fluff. There’s enough made-up-word trademarks to have each rod accompanied by an engineering manual. I’m so impressed, that I’ll skip this rod entirely … but only because my old fat and heavy stick rotates perfectly to compensate for the wobble induced by my gut.

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  • Ariel Levin

    How about learning to cast correctly! Hello! Really do you think a rod can make your more accurate if you cast with slack in our line or over rotate or……. Learn to cast and save the $$$ for the dream trip!

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  • LL389

    The “ONE” , the one and only… Yeah right, we all know Sage will continuing coming up with a new series featuring “groundbreaking” technology every two years. I already look forward to the the “two”, the “three”..!

  • LL389

    The “ONE” , the one and only… Yeah right, we all know Sage will continuing coming up with a new series featuring “groundbreaking” technology every two years. I already look forward to the the “two”, the “three”..!

  • LL389

    The “ONE” , the one and only… Yeah right, we all know Sage will continuing coming up with a new series featuring “groundbreaking” technology every two years. I already look forward to the the “two”, the “three”..!

  • elmer legrey

    hey guys, i just got back yesterday from bonefishing on exuma, and stayed at peace and plenty, in town as the lodge was sold. i bought a new sage 4 pc. 8 wgt one, for this trip on the advice of my guide capt. dave saddler down here in south florida. i had tough conditions. 15-20 knot winds and clouds, but this new sage one performed like a real heavy hitter! i really leaned into it, and it had more power than my loomis GLX 8 wgt. rod. i felt bad when i heard loomis was discontinuing their GLX line some years ago. right away, i bought back ups in 7,8 and 9, which, up until now were my standard by which i compared all rods. i didnt see where the one was anymore accurate than any other rod, but in the area of power, which sage never talks about, is where i was impressed. i was using a modified gotcha we call the golden martin in a number 2 lead eyes. we were in waves and 2 feet of water.  i was punching out 70 to 80 foot casts, and the fly was turning over with such force it actually was slapping the water. the rod felt sensitive in my hands and was sweet to cast, with power. there you have it guys. i dont call myself an expert, but  i have been fishing bones all over the bahamas, since i retired in 1998. i tie my own flies, and every bone is a trophy in my eyes. i sight fish only. no casting to muds, or flashing schools. sure i like a trophy fish every now and then, but to me the presentation, watching how the bone reacts to my stripping, of a fly i tied myself, is what it,s all about. and then that  nice fight all the way to the boat, ahhh i love em!!