Monday, July 25, 2011

The ONE is coming!

SAGE tells us that the one we have been waiting for is coming!

Sage Manufacturing, fly-fishing industry leader, launches the ONE rod series. The ONE rod is the first precision casting instrument to take advantage of Sage's groundbreaking Konnetic technology. The ONE offers exceptional tracking with virtually no lateral or torsional movement, resulting in astonishing casting accuracy that is unparalleled in the marketplace.

The inherent strength of Konnetic technology allows ONE rods to have a smaller diameter and are 25% lighter than comparable Sage rods. These attributes combine to provide augmented aerodynamic efficiency. Further innovations are the 70% lighter, low profile ferrules that help direct and carry energy through the rod without sacraficing strength, critical action and feel.

"The ONE rod becomes a true extension of the angler's arm," notes Sage Chief Rod Designer Jerry Siem. "It offers a more fluid transmission of energy from the arm to the fly. The eye sees the cast it wants to make and is translated to the hand through the rod instantaneously."

The fast-action ONE rod family is intended for all fishing conditions thanks to a list of high-end features. A custom cork handle is fashioned in a snub-nose, half-wells grip on the 3-6 weights and a full-wells handle with fighting butt on the saltwater capable 6-10 weights. Each handle is designed to match the exact taper of the rod providing even greater sensitivity and feel. Other details include the Sage designed round eye tip-top which never pinches or binds the line, allowing the caster to mend and cast in any direction with full control. On the 3-6 weights, the elegant walnut insert is perfectly married with the bronze anodized aluminum reel seat. Saltwater weights feature all anodized reel seat components. The ONE Rod comes in a new Black Ice color, which has a translucent finish and is complemented by black guide wraps and bronze trim wraps. Each rod comes with a powder-coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion and a hand-made rod sock.

"The ONE Rod is smooth and precise with an intentionally forgiving 'sweet spot' that complements widely diverse casting styles," says Eric Gewiss, Sage's marketing manager. "This helps the angler make a full range of close-in and long distance casts that hit the mark with equal ease. Being able to feel exactly what the line is doing through all stages of the cast gives anglers ultimate control so they can make the micro-adjustments needed to place the fly precisely where it's wanted"

Already award winning, the One rod has been recognized as the "Best New Fly Rod" at EFFTEX 2011. Award ceremonies were held in June at the EFFTEX show in Amsterdam.

The ONE rod will be available at Sage authorized retail locations in August/September 2011 with a selection of 22 single hand models. ONE rods range from 3-10 weights and will be priced from $715 to $740 (Expected to arrive at MRO the 1st week of August)

About Konnetic Technology

Konnetic technology, the most recent and significant evolution in the fly rod innovation, uses new materials combined with pioneering manufacturing methods and processes. This technology inocorporates an optimized ratio of Sage's proprietary resin to exclusive high modulus aerospace-grade carbon fiber.

The latest construction methods include Sage's Advanced Modulus Positioning System (AMPS); a process that precisely aligns and positions carbon fiber materials to exacting tolerances for the greatest blank strength delivering extremely efficient energy transfer throughout the shaft. Using Sage's High Compression Molding process, carbon fibers are compacted for optimum density and precise alignment while simultaneously fusing the 50% lighter all-carbon fiber inner core.

Also New from SAGE- "ESN" Rods and the Upgraded "Bass" Rods

The new European Style Nymphing rods are gonna be cool. All 10' and 2-5wt models.

The Bass Rods have all been updated for 2012 and they will now be featuring a Peacock Bass model!

All of the new Sage rods including the new ONE are set for delivery at Mad River Outfitters in the 1st or 2nd week of August 2011!!! We'll let you know...don't worry.

Also look for them to be available for pre-sale on the website very soon!

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Alaska! Naknek River Camp


Our 2011 July trip is arriving today at the Naknek River Camp. Jerry Darkes is hosting the trip and we will surely be posting some great reports and photos in the next few weeks. We are super excited about these trips and have another one scheduled for trophy rainbows this Fall and have already set aside our July "Sampler" week for 2012!

In the meantime, we wanted to share a bit more with about what Jim Johnson has to say about his unique lodge. The Naknek River Camp- "Alaska's Affordable Alternative"

"Remember way way back in the old days when we could travel to a fancy lodge in Alaska for a week of decadent bliss just by cashing in part of the interest we had earned on our investments?
Me either.
Traveling to Alaska has always involved tough choices. Will the kids get new shoes for school or will I get that new fly line I need? Will the wife finally be able to get that dishwasher she has been dreaming about or will I get the new zip front breathable waders? Will I only be able to golf twice a week or will I be forced to fish shoulder to shoulder on the Alaska road system with all of the other poor souls that bought General Motors stock? Many a fisherman has been forced to save his pennies for years and years to be able to afford that one “trip of a lifetime”.

The economy has been tough for everybody, and we have all had to adapt to the new reality. We are all trying to make our fishing vacation dollars go farther. We are doing our best to help out by offering an all-inclusive week at one of Bristol Bay's best fishing destinations for around $2000.
This package includes a guide, boat, all meals and a comfortable cabin on the banks of the world famous Naknek River, which has some of the best trophy rainbow fishing in the world.

Alaska's Affordable Alternative

"We founded the Naknek River Camp on the basic premise that Alaska was just too amazing to be kept as a playground for the rich. We set out to create Alaska’s Affordable Alternative, featuring 8 comfortable cabins located within Katmai National Park, at the outlet of Naknek Lake. This unique location offers quick access to both the Naknek River with its prolific runs of salmon and trophy rainbow trout and to the wadeable wilderness streams that feed into the incredibly beautiful Naknek Lake.

We use 3 large deep V boats to access remote rivers that are fly-out destinations for most other lodges in our area, including the World famous Brooks river and falls, featuring some of the most photogenic brown bears on the planet!

Of course, no other lodge at any price can boast that they have the amazingly productive upper Naknek River just outside their front door. It is no coincidence that Fish Alaska Magazine has chosen the Naknek as the best place to fish for trophy Alaskan rainbows year after year. Our home run in front of camp features some of the fastest action for trophy rainbow available in the entire state.

You will have to give up a few luxuries, of course, but we do our best to make our guests comfortable. We hope that when you leave, you will feel like you have spent a week with family. My wife Phyllis and my daughter Tana will do their best to keep you stuffed full of the best foods wild Alaska has to offer, like wild salmon and halibut, mixed in with a few favorites from our dinner table in Michigan like smothered pork chops and Dijon chicken. Breakfast will be full of hearty foods like scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and bacon. You won't have to give up hot showers or running water, and you'll even be able to charge your camera batteries in your cabin. No Masseuse on staff, but I might be able to get one of my kids to walk on your back.
We have over 20 years of experience hosting fly fisherman on the Pere Marquette River in Michigan, so we understand what it takes to put together a great fishing trip and we guarantee that we will make sure that your trip to Alaska will be a cherished memory.

But once in a lifetime? At the very small prices that we are charging, we think you might very well want to make this trip every year!"

Jim Johnson- owner- Naknek River Camp

As stated.....stay tuned. Jerry and the gang will no doubt have stories and pictures to share. We'll be posting on the web, Facebook etc. over the next few weeks. In the meantime, if we have peaked your interest, check out the trips that we have on the books to the Naknek River camp:

Trophy Rainbows- "Spey and Switch Special" with host Jeff Liskay

September 17th- 24th 2011

Spots Open - Click Here for pricing and details

MRO's Alaska Sampler

July 21st- 28th 2012

Click Here for details and pricing! Taking reservations now!

* can't make our dates? Mad River Outfitters can help you put together a private/individual booking to the Naknek River camp as well as several other options in AK.

Mad River Outfitters
813 Bethel Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43214