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Sage ESN Reel

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Sage ESN Reel

When it comes to Euro nymphing, balance is everything. Finding a reel to balance your Euro sticks has been a challenge in the past and even the best solutions may not have been exactly what you were looking for. Sage finally has the answer. Their new ESN reel was developed with all Euopean style nymph anglers in mind. It’s interchangeable weight system makes it easy to find the optimal balance point for decreased fatigue and increased sensitivity. You can now detect the lightest hits all day long and make the most out of your time on the water with the Sage ESN fly reel.

Sage ESN Reel

Packed with a suite of specialty features, the ESN reel is designed specifically with the Euro-Nymph angler in mind and is fine tuned to the nuances of the application. Built around a super thin and large diameter arbor, this design now makes it easier to get fish on the reel quickly, minimizing the need to guide line onto the spool with your finger, all while providing consistent drag output. A unique balance system allows anglers to assemble and fine-tune a set of weights, so the ESN reel can perfectly balance any Euro Nymphing (or standard) rod. Add in a full frame that prevents fine leaders and lines from sneaking through the frame, and a sealed carbon drag system that provides a smooth uptake – leaving you with the ultimate fish-catching machine.

Features

Sage ESN

  • Full Frame
  • SCS Drag
  • One Revolution Drag Knob with numbered and detented setting
  • Ultra-Large arbor for fast line pick-up
  • Narrower spool for small volume ESN lines
  • Concave arbor for greater strength and capacity
  • Stainless steel ½, 1, and 1 ½ oz weights to adjust ideal balance point of nymphing setup
  • Easy conversion from left- to right-hand retrieve
  • Neoprene and embroidered ballistic nylon reel case & spare weight case

Technology

SEALED CARBON SYSTEM (SCS) DRAG

With its smooth engagement and consistent, dependable, and repeatable pressure, our SCS Drag allows you to fish with confidence knowing your tippet is protected. Proprietary high-grade US made carbon easily and repeatedly handles high pressure and quickly dissipates the kinetic energy of that running fish into thermal energy. Tailored configurations allow us to create specific drag systems for each model, size, and fishing application, and the entire system itself is sealed to keep out water, sand, grit, and salt.

ONE REVOLUTION DRAG KNOB

Numbered settings, detents, and audible clicks help you take the guesswork out of setting your preferred control level. Our SCS Drag is hand-calibrated for precision and consistency, allowing for repeatable settings and confidence in your adjustments. The easy switch between decreased tension for stripping and increased pressure for fighting fish makes for more time fishing and less time setting drag.

LARGE/CONCAVE ARBOR DESIGN

Our large arbor designs allow for faster line retrieval and reduced line coiling. More importantly, it creates a consistent drag. The large arbor diameter means the overall diameter from which the line is removed does not decrease significantly, so the change in drag resistance is minimized.

Our concave arbor design creates a curved surface that increases structural integrity. The result is a drastically improved strength-to-weight ratio, meaning we can put less into the reel
so you can get more out of it.

Materials

COLD FORGED ALUMINUM. We start with 6061 aerospace grade aluminum, known for its incredible strength-to-weight ratio and machining and finish qualities. We then cold forge and temper the aluminum, adding strength and rigidity while pre-shaping the metal for the frame and spool. After precision machining on state
of the art CNC centers to our exacting tolerances, the aluminum is anodized for surface protection, corrosion resistance, and durability.

EXCLUSIVE USA CARBON. Our drag discs are made with proprietary, high-grade US made carbon, the same material used in the brakes of jets and Formula1 race cars. We utilize carbon drag systems because we recognize it is the most efficient material for dissipating extreme heat without wear. Unlike alternative drag components such as cork or plastic, or even polymers like Delrin® and Rulon®, carbon does not compress, deteriorate, melt, or burn. It allows us to create compact drag systems that are high performance, stable, durable, and repeatable

Sage ESN Balance System

The Sage ESN is now available in our Bozeman fly shop. Come in to see how perfectly it can balance your Euro nymphing fly rod and take your game to the next level!