Sage Circa Review

April 2, 2014
Sage Circa
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Sage Circa Sage_Circa_580ff807c1372d4a794b7b1f1e156f96
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
77
Weight
8
Fit in Hand / Grip
7
Casting Distance
7
Casting Accuracy
10
Versatility
3
Value
2

The Good

  • Slim rod blank is stunning in design and form
  • Soft, accurate fly presentation
  • Good reach/distance for a slow-action 4-wt
  • Lightweight
  • Made in the USA

The Bad

  • Most expensive rod in the class
  • Least versatility in the class
  • Longer length can be a hindrance on small streams/brushy back-casting range
THE VERDICT

A beautiful new rod design, using a super-slim rod blank (significantly smaller diameter than any rod any of our testers have ever used), the Circa performs its role as a dry fly specialist perfectly. Just don’t expect it to do anything else.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The Sage Circa is a slim, slow-action graphite rod designed to make delicate presentations of dry flies. We tested the 8’9’’ 4-weight

FULL REVIEW

Circa uses modern technology to remaster an old, classic style—that of a slow-action dry-fly rod. The Sage Konnetic carbon composite technology helps dampen rod vibrations, thus improving casting accuracy. The technology resulted in a very slim rod blank, colored a rich olive green, that is capable of delivering dries exactly where you want them without raising a ripple.  Unfortunately, the technology drives up the price, making this the most expensive rod in our test class, yet also one of the least versatile. In short, the Circa excels at precision dry fly fishing, but you’ll pay a premium price for this single-purpose rod.

Casting Distance and Accuracy
The 8’9” length allows for a long, graceful casting stroke that, with patience, throws line accurately to 50+ feet. Only rarely is a cast of that distance needed to place a dry fly in the feeding lane of a rising trout, but when you do need it, it is nice to know the Circa can deliver. Our less experienced tester found his distance peaked at around 40 feet as he had a bit of trouble mastering the slow metronomic pace of the casting stroke after fishing the more common (now) fast- or medium-fast action rods during his entire angling career.

Versatility
While the Circa excels at placing dry flies gently on the water where you want them, don’t expect it to do the same with big dries, weighted nymphs or multi-fly rigs. The extra weight of those lures cause the slow-moving line to wobble and tangle once more than 25 or 30 feet of line is put into play. The Circa is a dry fly tool, pure and simple.

 


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MSRP
$775.00
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