June 24, 2014

The SALT - A New Saltwater Rod From Sage

This August Sage will put a new saltwater fly rod, appropriately named "The SALT" on the market.
Here are some highlights from the press release about their latest offering:

Sage Offers Saltwater Anglers Precision and Power with the Sage SALT

Using Konnetic Technology®, Sage created the SALT to load quickly as well as maintain high line speeds and accuracy to land the fly exactly where wary saltwater species demand. The SALT’s robust salt-action taper provides the power needed to cast today’s heavier fly lines and deliver all sizes of flies at any range with precision. 
“The ability to adapt to quickly changing conditions is imperative when saltwater fishing, and Konnetic Technology allows deft sensitivity and the ability to track extremely straight. The new SALT shines in all fishing scenarios,” comments Sage chief rod designer, Jerry Siem.

Available in 12 models ranging from five through 16-weights, the SALT uses a fast-loading, salt action blank in dark sapphire with black thread wraps and silver trim wraps. The oversized Fuji ceramic stripper guides and hard chromed snake guides and tip top ensure this rod performs. The heavy-duty stealth black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat creates a solid nest for the reel, and the hidden hook keeper in the reel seat keeps things sleek. The super full-wells cork handle offers a positive grip in tough fishing conditions. 
The Sage SALT will be available at retail in August 2014 for a retail price of $850.

May 18, 2014

Video: Jax Fly Fishing

Slick video by GShank posted on Vimeo a few days ago.
The GoPro edit of this kayak outing is pretty sweet!

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September 29, 2013

Video: Fly Fishing Jacksonville Surf 2

Here's a great video recently published by Captain Rich Santos, a local guide who also has one of the best online resources of information about fly fishing the First Coast at flyfishjax.com

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August 24, 2013

Bass Pro Shops...It's Coming...

Noticed the other day that they have really started to clear quite a bit of land for the new Bass Pro Shops that is coming to the Jacksonville, FL area in "early 2014."  Announced last December, it finally looks like that project is accelerating (and is coincidentally only 10 or 15 minutes from my house).  Since BPS's forte has never been fly fishing, I don't really view it as a threat to Black Fly Outfitters, but will be interesting to see what they bring to the hook & feather table.

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June 17, 2013

Method & Motive - New Saltwater Rod Offerings From Sage

Sage is introducing two new rods this Fall with saltwater applications.
Here are the highlights:

Sage’s New METHOD Fly Rod Series Combines Konnetic™ Technology with Ultra-Fast Action

Twelve single-hand models will be available in 4-6 weights for freshwater with a cocobolo wood insert and black reel seat components paired with a snub-nose, half-wells grip. The saltwater capable 6-11 weights feature a black aluminum reel seat and a full wells handle and fighting butt. Nine Spey and switch models feature a high-grade cork fore and rear grip. The METHOD rods will range in price from $800-$1,050 and will be available August 1, 2013.

New Sage MOTIVE Rods Make Saltwater Fly Fishing More Accessible

MOTIVE saltwater rods are constructed of time-proven materials and embody Sage’s immense experience pursuing many hard-fighting saltwater species. The MOTIVE features an all-new taper design creating a powerful, fast-action rod that loads quickly to deliver heavy saltwater flies with the distance and accuracy the sport demands. MOTIVE rods will be available at retail in August 2013 with five, nine-foot rods ranging from 8 to 12 weights. The rods will retail for $425.