In this article, we introduce Sage Trout LL fly rods with a detailed overview and model-by-model reviews.
Sages accomplishment with the Trout LL is remarkable. By any measure, these are some of the finest rods Sage has ever produced. They stand confidently on their own, but the reference to the original Light Line is right on the money. From the casting cadence to the color of the blank, the characteristics of the Trout LL gracefully acknowledge part of the Sage legacy too often forgotten in the face of its prowess in power-oriented fly rods: Sage has made outstanding medium-action trout rods for over 30 years. The Trout LL is truly world class.
Sages premise for redesigning the Light Line was technological: with KonneticHD Technology, the performance of the original could be significantly improved. In our minds, however, the improvements in the blank tapers match or surpass the technological upgrade. The new Trout LLs are among the most refined progressive casting fly rods weve ever handled, meaning that they cast evenly relative to the amount of line in the air and power applied to the cast. Finely tuned in the extreme, the finished rods represent a tireless effort by the Sage engineers to polish every wrinkle out of their prototypes. These rods cast so intuitively that almost any angler can feel them load without watching the backcast.
Sage makes so many great fast action rods that excel with nymphs and streamers that some will peg the Trout LL as a dry fly rod. Indeed, they cast dry flies with more feel and precision than any previous Sage fly rod, but they are also highly capable with dry dropper and light nymph rigs. The beauty of a true progressive action rod is that if you need butt section power, its there for you. Just lengthen your casting stroke and apply a little more power, and youll have no problem casting nymphs or even small streamers. Youll fish your Light Line all day, not just when fish are rising