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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:34 pm • # 1 
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Anyone else fish one of these? I've had mine for a couple of years and really enjoy fishing it. This little 1wt really shines on protected water and will lay out an impressive amount of line as soft as a feather. It is not, however, a rod for the wind. At 8' 1", it roll casts great and has a surprising amount of backbone. I line it with a Sage Quiet Taper II 1wt line spooled on a Ross San Miguel "1". I must admit, I'm a sucker for those gorgeous emerald green Sage SP blanks.

Doug

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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:37 pm • # 2 
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That SPL is amazing! I would love to find one, or better yet, the 080-3.


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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:52 pm • # 3 
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I had the 8'2" 2wt. Sold it on Ebay this Summer. Sold all my rods over 4wt and that one. Man that was dumb. I miss it so much.


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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:53 pm • # 4 
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Great looking setup!


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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:22 pm • # 5 
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Gorgeous set up! I have heard great things about the Ross San Miguel, but have never handled one.
Les


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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:17 pm • # 6 
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Don't do it Les..........it will ruin you. They are as smooth as silk and the finish is impeccable. The price of these reels has escalated so high that I almost hate to fish it. They are no longer made so the price will likely continue to climb. It's one of those things that is just a pleasure to own.

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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:20 pm • # 7 
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I don't understand the allure of the San Miguel, but that is probably due to my lack of handling one.


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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:35 pm • # 8 
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Andy,
It's like driving a Rolls-Royce. The quality of the craftsmanship is at the top of the heap for a modern reel (or any reel for that matter). The silky smooth wind, flawless finish and fantastic drag set it apart. Myself, I wouldn't drive a Rolls to work everyday but I wouldn't mind taking one for a spin. I guess it's something you have to experience for yourself. I'm not a Rolls kind of guy but I sure can appreciate the effort.

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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:09 pm • # 9 
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Hmm...I guess I will stick with Lamson. They are more than smooth enough for me!


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 Post subject: Sage 181-3 SPL
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:45 pm • # 10 
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Doug, that is a sweet looking rod and reel combo. I've never played with a Ross reel, they don't sell them at the local fly shop.

J.


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