Having used many fine rods on the flats over the years, I’m always trying to persuade others, that spending your hard earned cash on quality fishing equipment is the smart way to go.
“Buy right, buy once”. A statement designed by retailers to persuade the consumer to reach for the top when treating themselves to something new. It makes perfect sense to me and I will only occasionally pick up a fly rod from below that top shelf that I could find great pleasure in casting, fishing or owning.
Step in the stunningly bright and beautiful Bolt, by no means a cheap rod, but a notable saving on the absolute top of the range offerings from Sage. I took a number #8 rod to the Caribbean flats and later took a number #6 rod to the chalk streams of England. Both rods are 9ft 4 piece and both with full wells grip and black anodised reel seat. Saltwater fishing in mind for both of these rods, as you can imagine.
Using Sage ‘Generation 5’ blank technology, now overtaken by ‘Konnetic’ in their recent, top of the range rods, I guess you could say that this is ‘old hat’. However, let’s not forget how revolutionary those first G5 blanks were and serious development has been made since those early days. Many still say that the XP and some other rods to follow are still to this day fantastic fishing tools, competing favourably with the latest offerings from today’s high end competitors in the fly rod market.
So, who is the Sage Bolt built for? My initial answer is that this rod is designed for those who simply love to cast. It is a powerful rod, though not the beefy feel you get from the butt section when casting the Method. This rod feels very stiff, it handles line well, up to extreme lengths and allows the better caster an ability to hold massive lengths of line in the air.
I found it less forgiving than the Method, and it does not seem to bend as far down the blank, but it was certainly just as capable of throwing a long line and hold a very tight loop. I also managed to set the hook at distance without breaking off on those Hampshire trout. Yes, I can still do a Trout Set when required.
Overall a most enjoyable rod to play with and one I’ve found very hard to put down.
One of the guides I fished with recently had a cast of the 8 weight and he and I played around casting into the strong wind blowing hard up against a reef edge. The rod proved itself in such crazy conditions and we were able to throw a long line, even back casting tight and low, turning over the fly which at the time seemed like a ridiculous cast to attempt. The rod handled this extreme situation very well and more than proved itself as a Bonefishing tool.
Only available in sizes 4 through 8, all 9ft in length, this small range is described by Sage as ‘Ultra Fast Action’.
I cannot argue with that and I shall look forward to hitting the water again with these rods very soon.
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