Sage Sonic & Leave Something for the River
Updated: Oct 11, 2021
We have been fishing the Sage Sonic a lot this summer and can tell you that we're very impressed. It's a new rod this year and we've found it to be extremely versatile – going from dry flies, to streamers, to nymphing, floating or sinking, long or short range. It's an amazing rod at a very attractive price.
More on the Sonic below, but here's a short take from Barry:
“On a small spring creek in Spain, I watched Cathy get down on one knee to hide in some tall weeds along the stream, she was obviously focused on a trout. Our Spanish guide had walked on ahead not seeing the fish but was now looking back. I watched her first cast but had no idea the size of the fish. In all, three fly changes came and went before I saw the rod tip come up and heard our guide shout, “It's a fish of a life time!” Zebra trout flourish in Spain and this was a big one.
Cathy's new 4-weight Sage Sonic was bent from tip to butt as she fought the fish through two pools. Twice the fish disappeared under brush piles but both times she coaxed it out. Once it went under the bank but the Sonic held up to the test and brought out the fish. In the end, a 13-pound zebra trout lay in the net.”
The Sage Sonic is available in 16 models ranging from a sweet little 7'6” for a 3-weight, up to a 9'6” for an 8-weight. So if you're looking for a fast dry fly rod with capability to stay tight to the line and in control of the presentation or a good nymph rod with a sensitive tip section to protect light tippets but still with lifting power, or a streamer rod with a strong butt section to easily throw a wide range of streamers and accommodate sink-tip lines, the Sonic does it all.
Like everything else right now, not all models are available but if you see one at your local Sage dealer, cast it and check it out. We think you'll be impressed. Retail is $650.
“Leave Something for the River”
We're sure that some of you follow Cameron K. Scott, writer and author. If you don't already
know this guy, you might want to take a look. MidCurrent recently ran a piece by him called “Leave Something for the River”. It's a short story, inspiring, easy read, thoughtful. It's nice. We don't see a lot of sensitive writers, but I think Cameron Scott is in the group. He studied poetry at the University of Arizona, does a little bit of everything, teaches English, lives in Joseph, Oregon.
Thank you MidCurrent and Cameron.
Mother Nature sent us 8” of rain this week, that’s a lot for us! We haven’t had rain like it in a long time and the stream is still high so a lot of our guiding has been moved to next week. However two of our regular clients, Mark and Jan, had a great morning…before the high muddy water hit us. The good news is that we’ll have great water for the rest of the month! Come out and fish with us if you can, I think it will be very good.
Question For You
That's it for this week. I have a question for you: Does anyone use rubber stoppers to hold the dry fly in place on the leader when fishing a dry dropper? It's a fascinating trick for easily sliding the dry up and down on the leader to reposition it so the nymph sinks deeper or runs more shallow. Just wondering what your thoughts are. Please drop us a note here in Comments. Thanks for reading our blog. -Cathy