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Sage's Ig­niter dou­ble-han­der, a Red Truck four-weight rod, Vi­sion Subzero cloth­ing and Snow­bee GEO-LT boots

Spring and au­tumn are often the best times to be salmon fish­ing. Hit it right and you could be in shirt sleeves, cast­ing small flies in light winds over per­fect wa­ter. But you could just as eas­ily be fac­ing cut­ting up­stream winds, sleet and big wa­ter. Days when you need to drive out heavy T or MOW tips and big tube­flies to cover the fish. To match these de­mand­ing con­di­tions you need a rod that can trans­fer suf­fi­cient power through the line to beat the wind and turn ev­ery­thing over. The new Ig­niter has an ul­tra-fas­tac­tion blank made us­ing Sage’s Kon­netichd Tech­nol­ogy. This aims to op­ti­mise fi­bre-to-fi­bre en­ergy trans­fer along the length of the blank, as well as min­imise twist and vi­bra­tion, to de­liver tighter loops and higher line speeds. Which is what you need to punch through the air and de­liver ex­tra yards. The ques­tion is: how does it dif­fer from pre­vi­ous Sage mod­els? The first thing you’ll no­tice is its light­ness. Our 13ft 6in, 8wt test rod weighed only a frac­tion over 7oz. We also no­ticed the high line speed it gen­er­ated com­pared to the Method rod it is re­plac­ing and that it is much eas­ier to ex­tract this per­for­mance from the Ig­niter than older mod­els such as the TCX and TCR. We used the rec­om­mended 550grain (35.7g) and 600grain (40g) sk­agit heads and heavy sink­ing tips, which it cast well into a stiff wind. We could feel the speed of the rodtip’s re­cov­ery, but for the av­er­age caster to max­imise its po­ten­tial we feel that the Ig­niter is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing a slightly heav­ier head. Our ad­vice is to al­ways cast the rod be­fore you de­cide to buy: if your cast­ing style is short and snappy then you may pre­fer the Ig­niter’s very fast re­cov­ery; if your style is more laid­back then you might look at the slightly slow­er­ac­tioned Sage X model as a pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tive. This good-look­ing rod has qual­ity fit­tings and is sup­plied in a black cloth bag and black pow­der-coated alu­minium rod tube. Dou­ble-handed mod­els range from 12ft 6in, 6wt to 15ft, 10wt.

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