Complete History of Sage Trout Rod Models

I’ve always been fascinated with Sage trout rods and stumbled across an article created by Harri Johansson at www.theflyfishingforum.com that has a complete Sage fly rod model history and thought I would share here.
Enjoy!

Origins and Founding:

Sage Trout Rod Model History

YEARSMODELDESCRIPTIONONGENERATION TECHON TECHACTION
1979-1980GFLUnder Winslow brand, B790GFL for example
nslow brand, B790GFL for example
GIM/F
1980-1989GFLGFL (Graphite Fly Rod).
Not really a model name – but design used with other model names.
hite Fly Rod). Not really a model name – but design used with other model names.
GIM/F
1981-1983SFLSage’s first fiberglass rod. Hi-modulus fibreglass.
t fiberglass rod. Hi-modulus fibreglass.
F/GM/F
1983-1989RPRP Reserve Power for long Casts Graphite II (original IM6).
First larger rod series from Sage.
e Power for long Casts Graphite II (original IM6). First larger rod series from Sage.
GIIMod
1986-1987BeginnerEntry level rod with low modulus graphite, 9′ 6-7wt
l rod with low modulus graphite, 9′ 6-7wt
GI
1987-1990LLLL Traditional Action 2-5 Weight (LL=Light line) Graphite II
nal Action 2-5 Weight (LL=Light line) Graphite II
GIIM
1988-1989MAMA Medium Action Entry level unsanded grey rod with simple hardware
um Action Entry level unsanded grey rod with simple hardware
GIM
1988-1989EC?GI
1989-1991DSDS Discovery Series – Moderate Action Replaced the RP
ery Series – Moderate Action Replaced the RP
GIMod
1989-1997RPLRPL or Reserve Performance Light (carbon fibre scrim)
erve Performance Light (carbon fibre scrim)
GIIIM/F
1989-1997RPLXRPLX Saltwater 8-12 Weight. Stiff rod.
water 8-12 Weight. Stiff rod.
GIIIF
1990-1990AnniversaryrySage 10th anniversary model, 8’9″ 7wt 2pc rod, numbered series of 300,
bundled with Billy Pate reel
anniversary model, 8’9″ 7wt 2pc rod, numbered series of 300, bundled with Billy Pate reel
GIII
1991-1997YouthDS Youth, Entry level rod with no mention of “Youth” model name in the rod
just “Graphite”, bundled with a reel+line
Entry level rod with no mention of “Youth” model name in the rod just “Graphite”, bundled with a reel+line
GIF
1991-1998DSDS Discovery Series – Moderate Action Replaced the RP, switch to GII from
1991 on for all DS models
ery Series – Moderate Action Replaced the RP, switch to GII from 1991 on for all DS models
GIIMod
1991-1999LLLL with Graphite III tech
aphite III tech
GIIIM
1993-2001SPSP Generation IV Graphite with Durascrim (5pc variant 1999-2001)
tion IV Graphite with Durascrim (5pc variant 1999-2001)
GIVM/F
1995-1998SP+SP+ Generation IV Graphite with Durascrim.
Heaps stiffer than SP, forerunner to TCR.
ation IV Graphite with Durascrim. Heaps stiffer than SP, forerunner to TCR.
GIVF
1995-2000RPL+RPL+ Faster than the RPL.
Would be considered moderately fast by todays standards
er than the RPL. Would be considered moderately fast by todays standards
GIIIMod/F
1997-2001SPLSPL “Best of show” new rods. Smooth tip, relaxed casting, moderate butt.
of show” new rods. Smooth tip, relaxed casting, moderate butt.
GIVM
1997-2001SPL CACenter Axis version of the SPL with integrated Sage/Lamson 3100 reel
is version of the SPL with integrated Sage/Lamson 3100 reel
GIVM
1998-2003RPLxiRPLxi Revised and improved saltwater (less stiff -loads quicker)
sed and improved saltwater (less stiff -loads quicker)
GIIIM/F
1998-2005VPSVersatile Performance Series.
Reincarnation of the RPL with same taper and lesser components
Performance Series. Reincarnation of the RPL with same taper and lesser components
GIIIM/F
1999-2004DS2DS2 Lower Price point Graphite II
r Price point Graphite II
GIIM/F
2000-2006XPXP Lighter narrower tapered Fast Action. New flagship.
narrower tapered Fast Action. New flagship.
GIIIeF
2001-2005VPS LightReincranation of the LL Gen III with lesser components
tion of the LL Gen III with lesser components
GIIIM
2002-2007SLTSLT Medium Fast Action. Relaxed casting action. Replaces SP.
m Fast Action. Relaxed casting action. Replaces SP.
GIIIeM/F
2002-2008TCRTCR (Technical Casting Rod) Ultra fast action for experienced casters
nical Casting Rod) Ultra fast action for experienced casters
GIIIeU/F
2003-2004SLT CACenter Axis version of the SLT with integrated Sage/Lamson 3300 reel
is version of the SLT with integrated Sage/Lamson 3300 reel
GIIIeM/F
2003-2004LEEntry Price Point Graphite Rod
e Point Graphite Rod
GIM/F
2004-2009Xi2Xi2 New Saltwater rod was first with new generation 5 (G5) Technology
altwater rod was first with new generation 5 (G5) Technology
G5F
2005-2008FliFli Entry Level Fast Action taper with maximum power transfer
evel Fast Action taper with maximum power transfer
G5F
2005-2009LaunchLaunch Entry Level smooth progressive power curve and very high
strength to weight ratio
try Level smooth progressive power curve and very high strength to weight ratio
G5M
2005-2010TXLTXL Near weightless for light lines
weightless for light lines
G5M/F
2006-2010VT2VT2 Mid price point upgrade to long running VPS. Workhorse.
No Graphite Gen-reference in the rod.
upgrade to long running VPS. Workhorse. No Graphite Gen-reference in the rod.
M/F
2007-2011Z-AxisUltimate Fast Action Rod coupled with tremendous feel
(2 piece, 4 piece, Spey and Switch). New flagship.
Fast Action Rod coupled with tremendous feel (2 piece, 4 piece, Spey and Switch). New flagship.
G5F
2008-2011BassFinally released after years of development. Target Bass even Snook, Baby Tarpon and Pike
r years of development. Target Bass even Snook, Baby Tarpon and Pike
F
2008-2012ZXLMedum action Cousin to the Z-Axis in weights 3-6. Relaxed, classic action rod.
ction Cousin to the Z-Axis in weights 3-6. Relaxed, classic action rod.
G5M
2009-2012TCXReplacement for TCR but fitting a wider range of casting styles
(kryptonite green)
ent for TCR but fitting a wider range of casting styles (kryptonite green)
G5U/F
2009-2012FlightFlight Great features and a great price. Replaces Fli.
at features and a great price. Replaces Fli.
G5F
2010-2012VantageVantage Medium Fast value rod. Average performance.
Medium Fast value rod. Average performance.
G5M/F
2010-201299Nymph99 Nymph angler 9’9″ with unique taper to make open loops.
Soft mid, stiff tip.
angler 9’9″ with unique taper to make open loops. Soft mid, stiff tip.
G5M/F
2010-2013Xi3Xi3 Salt Water Replacement for Xi2
ater Replacement for Xi2
G5F
2011-2014TXL-FTXL-F Light Line Ultra lightweight rod.Short distance only, accurate dry fly.
t Line Ultra lightweight rod.Short distance only, accurate dry fly.
G5M/F
2011-2014VXPVXP Ultra high speed line and slender shaft , from beginner to experienced
high speed line and slender shaft , from beginner to experienced
GIIIeU/F
2011-2016ESNESN v1 Designed for european direct line nymphing with multiple flies
signed for european direct line nymphing with multiple flies
KonneticM
2012-2016ONE“All-around” rod Fast Action. New flagship.
d rod Fast Action. New flagship.
KonneticF
2012-2016CircaHeightened sensitivity technical presentation, trout rod.
Best fished short range, light lines and flies.
ed sensitivity technical presentation, trout rod. Best fished short range, light lines and flies.
KonneticS
2012-2017ApproachSage calls the Approach a rod beginning casters can grow with.
Good value. Replaced Vantage.
the Approach a rod beginning casters can grow with.Good value. Replaced Vantage.
GIIIM/F
2012-2019Bass IIBASS II Upgraded for faster line speeds for big flies.
Target Bass, Snook, or Tarpon, Pike and Musky
graded for faster line speeds for big flies. Target Bass, Snook, or Tarpon, Pike and Musky
GIIIeF
2013-2014ResponseReplaces Flight. Entry level. Average feel.
Flight. Entry level. Average feel.
GIIIeF
2013-2018MethodQuick rod. Replaces TCX, (but feels softer) 40-80ft good acuracy.
Not for close in action.
Replaces TCX, (but feels softer) 40-80ft good acuracy. Not for close in action.
KonneticU/F
2013-2019MotiveThe Motive is fast – maybe faster than the Xi3.
Has a pretty stiff tip and mid-section, good feedback.
e is fast – maybe faster than the Xi3. Has a pretty stiff tip and mid-section, good feedback.
GIIIeF
2013-2019Pike/MuskyLook like Bass II but longer at 9ft – Specialty rod Pike 10wt, Musky 11wt.
Bass II but longer at 9ft – Specialty rod Pike 10wt, Musky 11wt.
G5F
2014-2017SaltGood accuracy. 50′ best distance.
At 70′ have to work a little harder than a faster rod.
racy. 50′ best distance. At 70′ have to work a little harder than a faster rod.
KonneticM/F
2014-2018AccelLight swing weight, moderate flex. Replaces VXP. Accurate 30-50ft.
Great for dry fly trout fishing
g weight, moderate flex. Replaces VXP. Accurate 30-50ft. Great for dry fly trout fishing
G5M/F
2015-2018BoltFeels like a Sage TCX , great distance, tight loops, needs a quick short
casting stroke.
a Sage TCX , great distance, tight loops, needs a quick short casting stroke.
GIIIeU/F
2015-2018Little OneFast action small creek rod. Super lightweight with laser beam accuracy.
n small creek rod. Super lightweight with laser beam accuracy.
KonneticM/F
2015-2019ModGreat for short-to-middle distances.
Medium action rod with medium recovery speed, nice soft tip.
short-to-middle distances. Medium action rod with medium recovery speed, nice soft tip.
KonneticMod
2015-2021PulseGood progressive action.Reasonably accurate, All Water rod.
gressive action.Reasonably accurate, All Water rod.
GIIIeM/F
2015-2021Pulse ESN10ft Pulse, Designed for tight line nymphing, but more versatile river rod.
, Designed for tight line nymphing, but more versatile river rod.
GIIIeM
2016-2017GracePink rod+reel+line special edition bundle for “Casting for Recovery” non-profit
eel+line special edition bundle for “Casting for Recovery” non-profit
GIIIeF
2016-2022XFast-soft action fly rod, tighter loops, better accuracy, efficiency,
and line control. New Flagship.
action fly rod, tighter loops, better accuracy, efficiency, and line control. New Flagship.
KonneticHDHDF
2017-ESNESN v2 For tight line nymphing
r tight line nymphing
KonneticHDHDM
2017-FoundationnSlightly whippy upper-quarter, Value rod.
Fast-action rod built for diverse fishing conditions.
hippy upper-quarter, Value rod. Fast-action rod built for diverse fishing conditions.
GIIIeF
2017-2022Salt HDFast, loads deep in the blank. Greater lift and fish pulling power,
light and stable accurate casts.
s deep in the blank. Greater lift and fish pulling power, light and stable accurate casts.
KonneticHDHDF
2018-IgniterEfficient fast loading casts. Tight loops. Handles long belly lines well.
ast loading casts. Tight loops. Handles long belly lines well.
KonneticHDHDU/F
2018-DartMatches Rio Creek Line well, 3pc, accurate twiggy rod.
io Creek Line well, 3pc, accurate twiggy rod.
KonneticHDHDF
2019-Trout LLLegacy reborn. Delicate touch, smooth easy feedback.
Fly Anglers kryptonite at close range.
born. Delicate touch, smooth easy feedback. Fly Anglers kryptonite at close range.
KonneticHDHDM
2020-SonicAction between X and LL. Easy to cast.
tween X and LL. Easy to cast.
KonneticM/F
2020-PayloadFast action, softer butt, strong mid, powerful tip.
Made to lift a heavy setup and fire quickly.
n, softer butt, strong mid, powerful tip. Made to lift a heavy setup and fire quickly.
KonneticF
2020-MaverickValue SW rod. Fast-Med-fast feel. Easier casting action.
Ideal for those normal 30–50 foot casts.
rod. Fast-Med-fast feel. Easier casting action. Ideal for those normal 30–50 foot casts.
KonneticF
2021-SenseEuro Nymphing action combines soft tip to enhance precision then
transitions into a more stout butt
phing action combines soft tip to enhance precision then transitions into a more stout butt
G5M
2022-R8 CoreThe new technology FlagshipRevolution8F
2023-Salt R8Replacement for Salt HDRevolution8F
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