Designed specifically for lightweight trout fishing, the SAGE Trout LL is a medium action rod that makes every fight fun. The grip features a walnut wood insert, a bronze up-locking reel seat, and a Super Plus snub-nose, half-wells cork handle. SAGE Trout LL Blank, Sage blanks are the heart and soul of the rod and make a perfect canvas. 379-4, 389-4, 486-4, 490-4, 586-4, 590-4, 690-4. I had not had the privilege of owning the original LL, and that was why I was there—for some shop chatter with those who had. $850.00. If you want to try one or all of the originals, email me and we can fish the Crik with the two or four piece 4. Do I think they’re typically better? With the new Trout LL, Sage has definitely raised the bar for how a lightline trout rod will perform, incorporating all the latest technologies. No. It will make excellent slack line casts, and is the Sage … A smooth casting taper, yet adds modern performance features in accuracy and loop control through the backbone of Konnetic HD blank material. What I like the most about this rod is its control. This deeper flex and faster recovery greatly improves your perception of the rod’s load (what some might describe as feel), which ripples into pretty much every aspect of your casting and fishing. I fish the four weights about four or five times a week an the Brodhead in PA (April-June) and Silver Creek, Picabo, ID (aka the "Crik") (July-August). Today, all stocks of... Hardy’s brand name has long been synonymous with quality and craftsmanship. Though we have other SAGE rods in our quiver, I cannot argue with her as she excels at catching 20+ on the old workhorse. Ed DeSeve replied on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 14:18 Permalink. You can also cast the 9-6 which I use mainly for big bugs. As someone who has been around a while, I know the original well and actually owned a 9ft 4wt. This rod was in production at Sage for 11 years, from 1986 - 1997. When this rod hit the market, my first thought was, "Finally a classic looking rod that doesn't sport an ugly white bumper sticker on it so everyone on the river knows what I'm fishing!" This rod scored really low in a recent 5wt "shootout". Having used a variety of Sage rods in the past, and most recently fishing my 5wt RPL, this is a serious upgrade and one I'm glad I made. NEW! Watch; Sage Fly Fishing Trout LL Series Fly Rod. Tip: Stop Grossly Overpaying for Wading Boot Studs, Hurricane Maria killed mangroves months after the storm. Through blank taper optimization and specialized length offerings, the TROUT LL is perfected for wade fishing, closer casts, small flies, and light tippets. My somewhat impatient run and gun style of trout fishing — largely now from drift boats and rafts — generally lends itself better to a faster rod. And when we further narrow the topic of conversation to making perfect casts, mends, and drifts on tough, dry-fly-sipping trout, being armed with a rod from that premium tier can truly make a difference (I can hear the frantic typing of the keyboard warriors already). In addition, the soft tip does a great job of hooking and fighting fish on light tippet—and its classic aesthetic lets its performance do the talking. With an $800 price tag, this rod is marketed towards the high-end dry fly fisherman, and if you’re a committed guy or gal who appreciates top-tier gear and spends their time and money chasing trout on technical water, the TROUT LL is for you. Buy It Now. Free shipping. Danny P. replied on Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:41 Permalink. Thanks again for the review. True to Sage’s description, it’s a silky smooth caster and a rod that does everything you ask of it. The Trout LL 690-4 is the perfect choice as an all-purpose trout fly rod for medium to larger size rivers. Do I own many flagship rods? The Trout LL (light line) is something of a Sage “throw-back” to previous Sage rods that weren’t quite as fast as the high-demand “rocket launchers” of today (think Sage of the 1980s and 90s). Introducing the New for 2020 Sage Trout LL Fly Rod, with a delicate touch and medium action, the Trout LL family has been designed with the trout angler and dry flies in mind. With all of that to consider, the Sage TROUT has everything I want in a fly reel. Lightly fished and well taken care of. It would be a nice match for the new Sage Trout LL. If you love dry fly fishing and prefer a medium to medium-fast action, you’re going to be very pleased with how this rod performs. 1 product rating - Sage Trout LL 486-4 Fly Rod - 8'6" - 4wt - 4pc - NEW - Free Fly Line. Dry fly presentation is the name of the game with the TROUT LL, whether you’re tackling streams large or small. The Sage Trout LL 490 is an amazing rod. Drawing inspiration from historic Sage rods of the past, the TROUT LL is a nod toward tradition with a classic appearance and a smooth casting taper, yet adds modern performance features in accuracy and loop control through the backbone of Konnetic HD blank material. While more budget-friendly options may be capable of getting the job done, it's hard to argue with the level of quality, control, and flex recovery that premium rods offer over their less expensive counterparts. Fuji ceramic stripper guides; Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top, Super Plus snub-nose, half-wells cork handle, Tan rod bag with Brown logo and model tag, Dry Fly Presentation: RIO Products Elite Technical Trout. Sage provides you with the best in fly rod technology and all you have to do is dress it to match your unique style. Just as noteworthy casting prowess is the control the TROUT LL provides on the water. Definitely faster and stiffer than my old LL. That said, there’s nothing about its design that would prevent you from effectively drifting an indicator or throwing a streamer—two things that many of us also like to do when chasing, well...trout. Cast next to some very nice rods from a variety of manufacturers, I just kept coming back to this rod and that always says a lot. Of course. Sage Trout LL $ 850.00 Drawing inspiration from historic Sage rods of the past, the Sage Trout LL is a nod toward tradition with a classic appearance and a smooth casting taper, yet adds modern performance features in accuracy and loop control through the backbone of Konnetic HD blank material. chuck replied on Thu, 01/02/2020 - 21:50 Permalink. You may recall Sage offering an LL series years back, but these new rods offer Sage's newest tech all wrapped up in classy packaging. The Sage Trout LL 389-4 is all about command, stability and control. Perfected for wade fishing, closer casts, and all kinds of dry flies. Nice review. Drawing inspiration from historic Sage rods of the past, the TROUT LL is a nod toward tradition with a classic appearance and a smooth casting taper, yet adds modern performance features in accuracy and loop control through the backbone of Konnetic HD blank material. $850.00. Thoughts? I used it a fair bit and even caught a few fish with it too. If your primary goals are laying down the pinpoint, delicate casts, setting up the perfect drift, and nail a top-feeding fish, the TROUT LL is a helluva good choice. Like you I went to my local fly and clothing store- Silver Creek Anglers- and brought my four piece 9-4 with me. Sage has a winner on their hands with this rod, whether you were a fan of the revered LL of old or are new to the series. Perfect for casting those light lines, long leaders, light tippet, and small flies in the zone to impossibly picky eaters. At the time it was a lot of money and for many years it was the rod I used 99% of the time. And they've got the beautiful aesthetics of the old LLs. I was very unimpressed with the review and seriously wondered about the writers qualifications. With a delicate touch and medium action, the TROUT LL family has been designed with the trout angler and dry flies in mind. Sage Fly Fishing Trout LL Series Fly Rod. When the hatch is on, the TROUT LL is an angler’s best friend. Described by Sage as a “versatile tool designed to cover the majority of scenarios faced by a trout angler,” and having a “modest casting tempo” and a “smooth but versatile action,” the TROUT LL is fundamentally a dry fly rod that can do everything else decently well too. It has what every fly reel should have: durability, smooth drag, large arbor, counterbalance and a sweet sound. Based on looks alone, you’d be hard-pressed to guess the price tag from across the river, but in the hands of a competent angler, you’ll likely be able to tell once they start fishing. A supple tip protects your light tippets, while an easy-loading middle section gives you the feel you need for accurate casts. "Sage Trout LL 490" James J on . Sage decided to go down this dangerous path with the launch of the Trout Light Line (Trout LL) series of rods. The rods feature a relatively supple tip that transitions to a “smooth easy-loading mid-section that increases feel and feedback throughout the casting stroke.”. At Sage, craftsmanship is our people. Far more than a casting pond prodigy, the rod was a joy to fish, and within a relatively short time on the water I could see why the old Light Line had developed such a dedicated following. Like other contemporary top tier rod series with a legacy, the TROUT LL has the same feel and flex that people love, but with the benefits of modern graphite technology. Is it worth more than our low end SAGE and mid priced SAGE rods?....I think not! I’ve owned a Sage LL, 2-piece, 9-foot, 5wt since about 1986 (I believe the year they were introduced). The Sage Trout LL hit the market in mid-2019 as the standout choice for Best Freshwater Fly Rod at the 2019 IFTD (fly-fishing industry tradeshow). The commanding medium action is a joy to cast, mend, and fish and the delicate tip really helps on quick hooksets and fighting fish on light tippet. A walnut wood reel seat insert with bronze uplocking componentry and a super plus, snub-nose, half-wells cork handle contribute to the rod's stellar fit and finish. There is plenty of power but even more finesse. Drawing inspiration from historic Sage rods of the past, the TROUT LL is a nod toward tradition with a classic appearance and a smooth casting taper, yet adds modern performance features in accuracy and loop control through the backbone of Konnetic HD blank material.