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|Sage 7130-4 X Spey Rod Perspective|
Below is my friend Henry as he gets action with my new 7130-4 X, and gets an entry in the X-ROD CHRONICLES .
|The second of my Sage X Spey Rods, a 7130-4, got a workout by several anglers during my last nine day Deschutes trip. I got in three complete sessions with it, and everyone who got to use it really liked it. We all agreed that it has a special personality, which is extremely nimble and powerful, but slightly mysterious. For a thirteen foot rod, it is eXceptionally light in weight (6 5/8 ounces) and fatigue free to use. It took me about half a day on the water and three different line changes to get in the groove. In RIO Scandi shooting heads, I started with a 435, then a 450, and settled on a 480. Then I switched to an SA Mono shooting line and picked up another ten feet in casting distance. A bright red 4210 reel completed the outfit. My casting was on par with what I have experienced with several other great rods, but every once in a while I would hit a home run cast. This let me know that there is another level of line speed hidden inside this rod that I am only occasionally able to completely unleash. More research is needed, and I am excited about what I might find.|
|Finding the exact sweet spot in 7130-4 X Rod has been difficult because it doesn't have a well-defined break-over point where the blank turns from a lever to a spring. This is because no part of the rod bends very much. It is able to store energy in the whole blank, and because the bend is comparatively shallow, it recovers instantaneously, producing blinding line speed and incredibly tight loops with little physical effort. Since the fully loaded rod tip has to travel such a short distance to deliver full energy to the fly line, the stop at the end of the casting stroke must be precise. When it is, magic happens. The 7139-4 X Rod will not only enable you to cast further, it will allow you to become a more precise caster at all ranges. This is a rod meant for elite Spey fishers, who want to take their performance to a whole new level, a level that might not be achievable without it.|
|The rod rack on one side of my boat (from left to right) Sage 3110-4 ONE Trout Spey rod with 4250 Sage reel, Sage 7130-4 X rod with 4210 reel, and Sage 7120-4 X rod with 6210 reel. Check out all this fine equipment on our newest web site.|
|OR BUY YOUR 7130-4 X ROD NOW !|
|Sage 7130-4 X|
Line Weight: #7
Number of Pieces: 4
Rod Weight: 6 5/8-ounces
Line Recommendations: Scandi 450-480, Skagit 540-550.
Use: The perfect blend of delicacy, accuracy, power and reach, the new contender for all-around steelhead rod. This is the 30-06 steelhead gun for average size rivers and average size steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. If you only have one steelhead rod for winter and summer (heaven forbid) this should be it. If you want to take your Spey performance to the next level, buy this rod!
|7130-4 X||Sage Fly Rod, X-Series, complete with screw top metal case and rod sock||$1095.00|
|Catching Chinooks on the Fly|
|By: Frank Day|
To many members of the swung fly cult, the steelhead or Atlantic salmon are the ultimate sport fish. In the northwest, there is another contender that many regard as equal or greater in quality to the steelhead. That fish is the mighty Chinook salmon.
Fly choice is key, as Chinook and all Pacific salmon in general are very driven to spawn. Because of this, Chinooks are naturally less curious towards flies. Larger and flashier offerings to prompt an aggressive territorial response have traditionally been quite successful. Color is also key. It’s a well known fact that Chinooks respond to chartreuse, or chartreuse and blue quite well. Those fish are generally the freshest brightest fish. Later on as they migrate upstream, their bodies accumulate lactic acid, which begins their breakdown process.
This process is not exclusive to any part of their body. The rods and cones in their eyes are affected as well, and break down along with the rest of their bodies. This will affect their visual perception of colors. A mid-river Chinook will respond best to something it can see somewhat easily. Hot pinks, oranges, reds, and other vibrant colors are usually best. As they progress in their journey and begin to accumulate fungus and visual signs of deterioration begin to appear, vision perception is becoming exceedingly poor. Eventually they can only see black and rely on their lateral lines more than their eyes.
For most of us, unless we happen to find an upriver bright or make a trip to the coast, a "mid-river" Chinook is our most likely option. That being said, hot pinks and reds are a good choice. If there are Coho in the area as well, then your chances of having some incidental Coho bycatch is quite good. For this, the Deep Eyed Wog is an excellent choice. It’s flashy, visible, and has a pair of lead eyes to drop it directly in a fish’s face. This is critical when fishing for Chinook, as they do not often rise for a fly.
For tackle, Spey rods in 8 to 10 weights and single handed rods in the 9 to 12 weight category are recommended. Reels must have smooth powerful drags and 200 yards of backing. A larger arbor for quick line pick up is always a plus. Skagit lines and sink tips, or full sinking lines to deliver flies to eye level depths, are a must. A 4 foot chunk of 20 pound Maxima ultra green is an appropriate tippet.
These fish are extremely powerful. Don’t give them an inch; really put the wood to 'em! Don’t chase a fish downstream unless you absolutely have to. If you give them an inch they’ll take a foot until you run out of beach or suitable shoreline. Unlike steelhead, they are much less susceptible to head trauma so if you are by yourself and are having trouble tailing a large fish beaching it on a pre-picked spot is an acceptable way to land it. Consult your local regulations carefully as certain rivers are closed to protect spawning fish or have seasonal closures. Get ready because these fish are pouring into our local watersheds, and your first fly caught Chinook may be heading up from the pacific to meet you this very moment as I type this!
Check out some more Chinook information on the Sage Blog.
|Deep Eyed Wog|
Who couldn't use a little pink once in a while? Thousands of Coho agree. So do Chinooks and steelhead. These Wogs are a delicious shade of wiggly, sparkly pink with just enough flame orange and pearl for accent.
Tied on extra strong, chemically sharpened nickel plated hooks, and weighted with nickel plated brass eyes, these flies may be fished in both saltwater and fresh water, which makes them perfect for fishing estuaries, where fish are fresh and bright.
These flies may be fished with either floating or sinking lines to control the depth of your presentation. Deep Eyed Wogs may be fished dead drift, on the swing, or retrieved at a variety of speeds.
|20410||Deep Eyed Wog||2||3-for $8.85|
|Barr's Tung Teaser|
Another killer pattern from John Barr, this fly incorporates a tungsten bead and elements from the Copper John, Prince Nymph and Hare's Ear. Can appear as a large mayfly nymph or a smaller stonefly nymph. A great dropper fly to be used as weight to get deep with smaller/lighter weight flies.
The Tung Teaser pattern is especially productive during low light hours when nymphs are redistributing themselves during natural behavioral drift cycles and are exposed to trout. These cycles are heaviest during spring and fall months.
On rivers that contain large populations of stoneflies, this fly imitates the sizes of stonefly nymphs that are most prevalent in the drift.
|18093||Barr's Tung Teaser||10||3-for $7.50|
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