A recent visit to Delbury Hall Trout Fishery gave me the perfect opportunity to fish with my favourite small stillwater trout rod – the Sage One 9ft 6wt 4pce.
The trout were playing hard to get and with a fairly strong side wind blowing, I needed every bit of performance that this rod could give me. I shouldn’t have worried though as the rod is easily capable of casting the tightest of loops. I also love the sense of feel the rod gives both when casting and playing fish. It allowed me to deliver the fly accurately and delicately to exactly where I wanted it to go. During the day I used a variety of fly patterns of various weights and sizes, the Sage cast all of them with ease.
To complete the outfit I chose a Rio Gold WF 6 floating flyline. In my opinion this is the ultimate rod/line combination for this kind of fishing and compliments the rods performance to perfection.
I really like the cosmetics found on the Sage One range. As we have come to expect from the Sage brand the rod has real quality feel. The blank is finished in black with black whippings detailed with some subtle metallic thread. Simple elegant and understated. The cork handle is a very slim full wells – a new style for Sage. It felt light and comfortable in my hand even after a full day’s fishing. An attractive lightweight aluminium reel seat completes the build. The rod comes in an alloy protective tube in a quality partitioned rod sock.
Like all sage rods the build quality matches the performance, casts of 25 yards were comfortably achieved even on a blustery day. The fish playing qualities matched the casting ability. Quickly and confidently subduing several large, hard fighting rainbows in double quick time.
All in all, anybody looking for the ultimate small stillwater fly rod need look no further, this for me is the best there is!
This rod is now discontinued. Please view all current Sage rods here »