How Does it Work?
The real magic here is the use of Sage’s new Konnetic technology in the blank. Konnetic technology works by compressing the carbon fibers of the blank tightly so that extra resin is packed out, thus aligning them together on the zero degree axis. This means that the blank does not wobble or vibrate as much throughout the cast. The result is a lightweight fly rod that tracks extremely well for jaw-dropping accuracy. The difference is noticeable even for beginner and intermediate fly rodders as they learn how to properly load and deliver fly line directly to their targets.
While the SALT may have been designed specifically for flats and inshore angling, it is getting a lot of attention here in the high country as well. It comes in every weight from five to sixteen, meaning that it is quickly becoming the choice for anglers chasing pike, bass, carp, and even large trout with streamers. The five and six weight rods are perfect for throwing streamers tight to the bank from a drift boat on the Roaring Fork River while the seven and eight weight rods will handle northern pike in Colorado’s reservoirs.
While casting the SALT, my first impressions were great. One of the first things I noticed was that it feels a lot smoother and easier to cast than its predecessor, the Xi3. As a trout angler, one of the things that has always been a problem for me is quick casting in saltwater situations. A 100 lb tarpon can appear out of nowhere and only give you one shot before the angle is wrong and the fish is past the boat. I often struggle to get line out quickly without false casting a lot, and the SALT definitely helped with that. Finally, the SALT feels incredibly light in hand which will make all day fishing with heavy saltwater lines and flies easier.
Whether you are planning a trip to the Florida Keys this spring, or searching for a great fall streamer stick, consider the new SALT from Sage Fly Fishing. It will enable you to make faster, more accurate casts, which in the end, usually equals more fish. In addition to the oversized Fuji ceramic stripper guides, the SALT features a heavy duty black anodized reel seat with a hidden hook keeper. Also, the rod weight is laser etched on the slide band. Stop by Vail Valley Anglers in Edwards, to cast it and see for yourself how Konnetic technology can change your flats fishing experience.
Andy “Otter” Smith, Guide and Content Writer