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|Top Pick Spey/Big Game Switch Reel - Sage 6000 Series|
|By: Mark Bachmann|
I'm very lucky, getting to travel and fish great waters, and take with me some of the finest fly fishing tackle the world has ever made. My travel rods include Sage, G. Loomis, Beulah, Loop, Echo & TFO. I'm always fishing with the newest cutting-edge technology in fly rods, but I am somewhat more conservative about reels. You can break a rod and still land a trophy fish, but if a reel freezes, free spools, or runs rough...your potential trophy usually wins its freedom before the photo-op.
On any blue-water trip my reels are made by Abel, Nautilus, Hatch or Sage. Over the years Patty and I have collected a set of the appropriate size reels from each maker. We can recommend them all, (yes, of course there are a few from other brands that didn't make it for a second trip).
Reel models that can multi-function between Spey rods and saltwater rods, help cut costs and are very handy. Spey and larger saltwater reels are often the same size, meaning they weigh about the same and hold the same volume of line. However, Salt and Spey are two entirely different arenas. Each venue is equally hard on reels, but for different reasons. Big game saltwater fly fishing is usually done from a boat, and most saltwater reels stay dry for an entire trip. Spey fishing for steelhead and salmon is normally done while wading, and Spey reels frequently get dipped in a river. Saltwater reels with lubricated cork-disc drags don't function very well in the Spey environment unless the drag mechanism is enclosed in a waterproof container. Most are not. Most of these exposed drags free-spool when wet, and after the river water washes the lubricant from the cork, they tighten up...not good. In most cases steelhead and salmon don't require a reel with a heavy duty breaking system, but having a reel that is capable of putting extra pressure on some fish doesn't hurt, especially when fishing for big Chinooks. So why not have reels that work equally well in both arenas? Below is a reel that is proven in the heavy duty tarpon/dorado/billfish game and equally proven for Spey.
|Sage 6000 Series|
|This gold colored Sage 6010 reel in the pictures below has been with me since October 2009. It has never been serviced, and all the parts are original. For most of the year it resides on one of my two hand rods. It spent a lot of time on my 7126-4 TCX, then on a 6129-4 TCX, now it is clamped tightly to a 7126-4 METHOD. I will exchange the Spey line for a RIO Tropical Outbound, and use the 6010 reel on a 1190-4 SALT, for my up-coming Loreto, MX trip. I have also used this reel on a lot of different rods that weren't made by Sage. It has been incredibly versatile, and totally reliable. In spite of all that good stuff, Sage 6000 reels haven't been very successful in the market place. The cause is angler perception. Sage 6000 reels are produced in South Korea, and each reel comes with a little round (removable) sticker that says so. For some reason that turns certain anglers of, even ones that drive foreign made vehicles. Believe me, these reels are higher quality than many similar priced reels that are made domestically.|
|There are three models: 6080, 6010, 6012 - $600-$700. Each reels fits a different classification of Spey or saltwater rod:
6080 fits Spey 11' 6" - 12' #4 - #6, and Single-Hand 9' - #7 - #9
6010 fits Spey 12' 6" - 13' #7 - #9, and Single-Hand 9' - #9 - #12
6012 fits Spey 13' 6" - 15' #7 - #10, and Single-Hand 9' - #12 - #15
|Sage 6000 are in my opinion one of the most beautifully proportioned reels ever made. The finish and craftsmanship will rank with the best ever made, anywhere. The fully enclosed, sealed, waterproof, multi-disc drag is incredibly smooth, and has big time fish stopping power. These reels are designed with ultimate practicality. They have no annoying traits. Maybe your favorite drag setting for 20 lb. tippet is 7 on the drag knob. You can't comfortably strip line off the reel to cast with the knob set at 7, so you move it to 2 for stripping and casting, then calmly move the knob to 7 after the fish is hooked up (at the appropriate time). The drag always registers a consistent pressure at each setting...very handy.|
|The next time you are in our store (or you local shop) give a Sage 6000 series reel a hard examination. I believe you will find a lot to like them. Just click...For even more information about Sage 6000 Series Reels.|
|Sandy River Spey Clave 2016|
|The 2015 Clave was the best ever! 120 students learned new skills at our free school. The best vender's showed (and loaned) the best equipment to hundreds of anglers. Hundreds of people attended the presentations on "Instruction Beach", and ate for free in the dining tent. Great comradery was enjoyed by all. The Sandy River Spey Clave has become the hub for the Spey Community in North America. We are posting the dates for the 2016 Clave nearly a full year in advance, so you can plan to attend. We want to be part of your personal angling vacation agenda. Please write us on your calendar now! Start arranging travel & accommodations in January 2016 (Don't worry, we will remind you).
PLEASE PUT SANDY RIVER SPEY CLAVE 2016 IN YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
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|LET’S TALK BONEFISH: Entry #6|
|By: Jim Daugherty|
| Let’s talk about bonefish. No…. not the US Navy’s submarine, Bonefish. Nor is it the great seafood place, Bonefish Grill. I’m talking about a fine, sporting, saltwater fish; sleek, fast, wary, beautiful, shining, polished silver, in fact, mirror-like. A finned rocket ship, fierce fighter, and a worthy adversary for all saltwater fly fishing aficionados. My favorite fish. Accurately known as the "ghost of the flats". To simulate the initial run of the bonefish, tie your fly line to the bumper of a vehicle and get your knuckles out of the way when it takes off with about 100 yards of fly line and backing! Then get ready to do it again!
Successfully catching a bonefish can be, at times, deceptively simple and other times, incomprehensibly difficult and/or impossible. The "learning curve" can be more like a "learning straight line"....at least it was only a very slight little curve in my case. After a number of years I do consider myself an expert in “how to screw up while bonefishing”. How so, you may be asking yourself........let me count the ways....I know there are more, but the following are the first few that came to mind:
Finally……after completing most or all of the above in the first few hours of fishing, it all comes together. You spot the ghost, make an exquisite fly presentation, successfully hook, skillfully play, and artfully land, photograph, and release the first bonefish of the day and all previous transgressions fade and you are a bonefishing guru once again and you have the photograph to prove it!
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