Gear Review: The New Sage Salt HD Fly Rod

Anglers all buyer Andy Dunn recently had the opportunity to test out the new Sage Salt HD fly rods under the weight of a few Florida tarpon and snook. Along with the new Salt HD, Andy had a chance to cast the new Flats Pro fly line from Rio.

Both rod and fly line lived up to the hype. After all, the Salt HD took Best Saltwater Fly Rod and Best of Show at the 2017 IFTD. Here are a few of Andy’s thoughts on what makes this new fly rod (and the line from Rio) such a giant leap in saltwater fly fishing technology.

andy2“The new Sage Salt HD is so accurate, it’s hard to believe,” Andy told us after his trip to Florida. “I had a few shots at tarpon that would have been challenging casts for me to make under any conditions and I nailed all of them. We already knew that Sage’s Konnetic technology was accurate. But I don’t think you can start a conversation about this rod without being blown away by it.”

“Combine that with the new Rio Flats Pro Fly Line, and it felt unstoppable,” Andy continued. “The Flats Pro Fly Line doesn’t have a quitting point. I was able to cast the entire length of the line with truly amazing accuracy.”

Ever since Sage released their Konnetic graphite technology in fly rods, the accuracy has been one of the biggest “wow” factors. So we weren’t surprised to hear that it continues to get better.

But perhaps the biggest surprise from Andy’s review was how lightweight the Salt HD feels and how effortless it is to cast through long days on the water. For years the standard in saltwater fly rod technology was to make them so stiff that they’d stand up to wind and challenging flats fishing conditions. Those days are gone.

“Normally my elbow gets sore after a long day of casting saltwater rods like that,” Andy said. “But these rods are incredibly light. My favorites were the 11 and 12 weights. And even in those upper line weights it was a ton of fun to cast and I had no elbow fatigue.”

“The accuracy of these rods is hard not to focus on. But for me, the light feel and ease of casting was a huge deal,” Andy continued. “It was a big difference maker in enjoying every shot I had at fish.”


If there was any downside to these rods, Andy said that the shining points in the Salt HD are more apparent in the higher line weights like the 11 and 12 weight, while those strong points didn’t stand out as much in the lower line weights. That said, they were certainly all fun to cast and served their respective purposes very well.

For Andy, it’s a no-brainer to see why the new Sage Salt HD took Best of Show at IFTD this year. These rods represent a major leap in saltwater fly fishing technology.

We currently have the new Salt HD rods in stock. If you live in the Denver, Colorado area, be sure and stop by the fly shop to cast one! Or enjoy free shipping when you order from Come see us or give us a call with any questions at 303-794-1104.

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