Sage 6age 6000 Reels, Sandy Clave 2016, RIO Perception Line, Let's Talk Bonefish

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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).
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Unprecedented casting control and instantaneous feel. The trout line redefined.
The revolutionary RIO Perception floating trout line helps anglers connect with more fish than ever before. Built with ultra-low stretch ConnectCore Technology, Perception lines provide groundbreaking levels of sensitivity for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lift and sharp, precise mends. Lack of stretch also means enhanced detection of subtle takes and faster reaction time when setting the hook. The exclusive SureFire color system (RIO’s unique tri-color distance measure) improves casting accuracy by making it easy to gauge exact distances with a quick glance. It is easier to drop your fly precisely in the center of the feeding lane when you can gauge the exact distance.

  • Unique three-color SureFire system ensures deadly accurate distance control
  • ConnectCore improves casting timing, hook set and mending
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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" 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:
  • You neglect to remember your wading boots/sunscreen/lunch/whatever at the hotel and the delay starts the day on an ominous note……done that.
  • Your hat blows off as the boat takes off causing another small delay……guilty.
  • As you are tying on the first fly of the day, you drop your tackle box flat onto the bottom of the boat, sending all bonefish within 300 yards scattering in every direction...sure.
  • Can’t find your nippers……certainly.
  • You find your nippers, then promptly drop them overboard……likely.
  • You neglect to pack your rain gear and the beautiful, sunshiny morning turns into a tropical monsoon before noon……most assuredly.
  • The first few casts don’t seem to be going very far and you realize you missed a rod guide (or two) with your fly line while rigging the fly rod……yes.
  • Your guide spots a fish; you can't see the fish......undoubtedly.
  • Your guide spots a school of fish; you still can’t see the fish……most of the time.
  • You finally can see the fish, a large, fluffy cloud blocks the sun, fish disappears....yup.
  • Standing on the fly line while casting......many times.
  • Standing on the fly line with both feet while casting……guilty.
  • The fly line is wrapped around your leg/both legs/the cooler/boat cleat/anchor rope and numerous other things during your cast……indubitably and often times, all of the above on the same cast.
  • The lead-eyed shrimp-imitation fly whips into the back of your head on your “delicate” presentation…...affirmative.
  • As you are casting, the tip of the fly rod flies off and casts into the water and you carefully pull it back in, you are hoping the small fly doesn’t slip through the guides……yeah.
  • Fly snaps off on the forward cast and you are fishing without a hook...yeah again.
  • You don't have the appropriate size/color/pattern/weight/hook/tippet for the bonefish......obviously, since they are not eating your fly!
  • Fly gets caught in your new shirt/pants/hat and you have to rip a small hole to get it out...done that.  The guide looks away, suppressing the urge to laugh out loud.
  • The fly embeds in any one of a number of parts of your anatomy during a cast and you say a few choice words out loud....check.
  • Fly line comes loose from backing due to bad nail knot....still waiting for that to happen and I presume it will someday.
  • A fish yanks the rod from your grip and you lose your new gLoomis fly rod/Abel .5  reel/Sharkskin line……wait…...that was the Good news River, Alaska, and I'm still ticked about that one! 
  • The knot to fly comes untied.....many times.
  • The fly line was wound on reel backwards...that only happened once.
  • Fly sinks to fast...occasionally.
  • Fly sinks too slowly....on the other occasions.
  • Fly sinks just right.....never.
  • A bad cast spooks the bonefish...usually
  • Cast is too short...most times.
  • Cast is too long...most other times.
  • Cast is to the right or left of the fish...all the rest of the times.
  • Fly splashes down too hard and spooks fish...absolutely.
  • Fly splashes down too lightly, in fact it’s floating, since you forgot to properly weight it while tying……embarrassing.
  • Fly hits the fish directly on the head, spooking it and the entire school to Timbuktu …...who hasn't done that?
  • A “wind” knot in the tippet weakening the strength of the tippet by 60%……undeniably.
  • A “wind” knot in the tippet tied as a surgeon’s knot……how the heck did I do that?  That takes talent.
  • The cast is perfect.  The bonefish sees the fly and darts towards it, tips down, and sucks in the fly.  Forgetting the “strip-strike” suggestion of my guide, I raised that rod like I was setting the hook on a 10 pound largemouth bass.  Needless to say bonefish and fly parted ways……it was a force of habit.
  • I’m learning.  Again a perfect cast and the bonefish ate the fly.  Strip-strike too hard and break off the biggest bone of the day …...true, causing a minor meltdown. 
  • The fly line gets caught in the spinning fly reel handle as the bonefish is making the initial run……bink!......of course.
  • Your guide says cast to 3 o'clock position and you cast to 9 o'clock....I was turned around.
  • A big bone takes the fly and runs like he stole it.  Guide is shouting “Get behind the fish, get behind the fish!” which apparently is Bahamian for “jump out of the boat and follow the fish so he won’t break you off”.  I learned this translation after the fish broke me off……too late.
  • On a bumpy boat ride to the next fishing hotspot, your fly box flips up and out of the front of the boat at 40 mph, hits the poling platform, opens up, and your complete, personal collection of hand-tied, original bonefish flies explodes into the air like a July 4th fireworks display of craft fur and flashabou into the wake of the happened.

     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! 
     Little else compares to the sporting challenge of bonefishing.  It's the best and I can't wait to go again!   My advice to you:  Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. (Eleanor Roosevelt)


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