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When Sage began production in 1978, they made rods from both graphite and S-glass. Don Green, the company founder, designed and produced rods at Lamiglas, Grizzly, and Fenwick. Don knew glass rods. But at Sage, the company focus was graphite. The glass rods were never strongly marketed and were only sold for a few years. The S-glass rods have since become a collectors items. Even the unfinished blanks sell for more than most other factory glass rods.

To quote the 1978 company catalog

"The Sage fly rods utilize the high-modulus S-Glass fiberglass which transmits unexcelled power for longer casts with less effort, while approaching graphite sensitivity.... Sage rods are designed to drive a narrower, more controlled loop for greater distance and accuracy combined with a minimal-tailing loop. The Sage action animates rods that are designed to help the beginning caster, enhance the average fisherman's efforts, and excite the expert."

(quote taken from General References 1, page 37)

The blanks are tip over butt, glass ferruled, semi-translucent brown. A distinct spiral pattern can be seen in the glass. The blanks are smooth and clear finished. Factory rods are equipped with chrome snake guides, chrome tiptop, and chrome plated strippers with a black shock ring and brown ceramic insert. The primary wraps are dark brown with lighter brown tipping and an epoxy finish. The downlocking reelseat is a clear finish aluminum with double lock rings, a walnut insert, and a black rubber end cap. The grip is cork shaped to a simple cigar form. The factory rods have a Sage logo and rod information silk screened in white ink just above the rod grip. There is also a very discreet serial number in black ink on the butt section opposite the logo, but there is no serial number on the tip section. The rod bag is medium brown with dark brown edging and stitching. The Sage logo is silk screened onto the bag and the rod model number appears to be stamped on. (rod description, reference A)

Model NumberLengthNo. of SectionsLine Weightnotes
SFL4767½ foot2 piece4/5
SFL5808 foot2 piece5/6Muscular! It makes distance casting fun (Tom)
SFL686 8½ foot2 piece6/7
SFL7898' 9"2 piece7/8
SFL9909 foot2 piece9
SFL12909 foot2 piece12(possibly only sold as a blank)
SFS679-37' 9"3 piece6/7

All models also sold as unfinished blanks. The model number on the blank is preceded by a "B" (reference A)

Trivia buffs

The company first sold products labeled "Winslow" but changed the name to "Sage" soon after.


Additional references

  1. Personal rod collection (Tom)