While most manufacturers tend to wait for the yearly trade show to unveil their new offerings, Sage took the covers off a little early this year with the new fast-action, ultralight "ONE" series of rods.
If you're an angler living in the West and have entrepuneurial spirit, this is the best time of the year. Here's why: after a major spring/early summer runoff, when freestone rivers were bent out of shape and trout were anything but easy to find, the waters have settled and are dropping, running completely clear but high enough to make trout feel good all day long.
A few months ago, a number of Sage Z-Axis fly rods, as well as Simms G4 waders, mysteriously appeared on the sales racks at 16 Costco locations throughout the country. And, true to form, the super-big-box retailer had drastically slashed prices, knocking hundreds of dollars off the MSRP.
But, alas, it was a short-lived phenomenon. When those companies heard about their products being sold through Costco (apparently, they were sourced to Costco by different agents and accounts), both Simms and Sage snuffed out sales by actually repurchasing their own products, at retail price.
- By: Bob White
- Photography by: Bob White
I enjoy mike savlen’s paintings for the same reasons I like the man: The artist and his work are bold, honest and colorful.
Savlen grew up near the water, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and began to fish with his father at the age of two. Since then, he says, water and fish have fascinated him. His interest in painting began at about the same time, when he found a can of house paint in the trash and decided to re-paint the family car. “I guess,” Savlen says with a grin, “that my parents didn’t quite understand my artistic vision!”
- Upfront Notes
- Cape Cod Stripers
- New Sales Methods, New Markets
- Fishing Music: Ben Winship & David Thompson
- Wild, Scenic & Trashed
- Midges in Moving Water
- Sight-Casting for Black Drum
- Riviera Redfish
- The Glass Renaissance
- Fab 5 Fall Hatches
- Going Coastal
- Seven Great Flies for the Boston Metropolitan Area
- New Gear
- (Another) Brown Stone Nymph
- This Year's Fly