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 Post subject: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 12:02 pm 
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Hi,

I have an opportunity to grab a sage SP 389 5 piece which I don’t need except with the possible justification of the pack rod aspect. Price is a little more than I want to pay but I like some of the older sage rods so am intrigued. Anyone passionate about the SP one way or the other?

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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 4:04 pm 
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My 4wt SP is my favorite rod. Nothing else even comes close. Biggest drawback is that Sage wants $120 to fix older rods under their "lifetime" warranty. So I never use it in boats, or when I might go bushwacking


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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 6:59 pm 
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It was a more progressive tapered rod than the RPL+ or the XP. It’s interesting that you’re looking at a five piece, because most of them were three piece. For a while in the 90’s Sage went to three piece rods because they were trying to get away from having a ferrule in the middle of the rod. I still have a 990-3 RPLX Striper Rod.

Btw, to actually answer your question, the SP was/is a helluva nice rod if you like a softer, progressive action.

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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 9:54 pm 
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The SP and the LL were my favorite tapers from Sage, although I've never cast either one in the 389 configuyration. I did have a 489-5 but but never stayed together when I was casting it, unless I had a good amount of wax on the ferrules. I can say I was very happy with the SP 480, 480-3, 586-3 and the 690-3. All very nice rods.


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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 20th, 2020, 12:51 pm 
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The 690-3 SP and 390-2 LL are still my go-to rods in those sizes. I don't know if you can beat those tapers, although the 3 weight is a little tough to fly with.


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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 20th, 2020, 9:58 pm 
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Thanks all, very helpful.


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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 23rd, 2020, 9:33 pm 
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The SPs are great rods, I have a 590 2-piece and got a used 589 5-piece for travel and in case. Smooth action, and more forgiving than RPLs and the like. I’ve not tried that 3 weight you’re considering, my guess is it’s pretty nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 25th, 2020, 2:37 pm 
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The SP 389-5, complete with an extra fitted tip from the factory fits in a small 24" tube and is a really neat pack / travel set-up. I have never had any ferrule problems with mine, and it has a bit of a faster action than my LL's and SPL's. The SP+ series rods that I have are real cannons on the other hand, IMO. They cast a little smoother than my RPL+ series rods. Everyone has their own opinions though....

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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 28th, 2020, 6:05 pm 
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I have a 490 SP 2 pc. Best. Rod. Evah. I was sooooooo bummed when I went overboard into the river with my 690 SP and lost it to the river gods. Haven't found anything that comes close. I bought a Z Axis to replace it and have hated it ever since. Anyone want to buy it? :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Sage SP Opinions
PostPosted: January 29th, 2020, 1:50 pm 
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Man this thread brings back memories of fishing with my SPs. I learned to nymph with the SP 690-3 I had. Wacked it good with a bead head woolly bugger and it snapped on the next cast Miss that rod.

Believe it not, the SP was considered fast action back in the day. Rod manufactures have lost their way.


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