Anyone who has ever cast a SAGE RPLXi of any weight knows how good these rods are. Anyone who has ever traveled with a fly rod knows that even a three-piece rod can be unwieldy and troublesome on a plane. Five-piece travel rods are the answer, but the problem with some five-piece rods is that they just aren¿’ made for salt water. Not so for Sage¿’ new five-piece RPLXi 8-, 9- and 10-weight 9-foot rods. Five sections or three, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference in performance.
Recent advancements in graphite technology have allowed Sage to develop ferrules that are extremely light and have the ability to transfer energy through the rod seamlessly, resulting in a rod that performs the same whether it¿’ two or five pieces. The RPLXi rods feature a substantial backbone and oversized guides, except these fit into a 25-inch tube.
Like all RPLXi rods, the new travel rods will feature a blue blank with black thread wraps and black, anodized-aluminum reel seats. Each rod comes with an aluminum tube and a cloth rod bag as well. Prices range from $635 for the 8-weight to $650 for the 10-weight. For more information, contact Sage, 8500 NE Day Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; 206-842-6608.