By Austin Trayser Gallatin River Guides
Give the Sage ONE ($720 – $735) a wiggle. At a shade under three ounces, it still feels stiff, yet sensitive at the tip. It’s gorgeous: Black carbon finish, ceramic and chromed guides, custom shape tapered handle, walnut wood and a bronze-colored aluminum reel seat. And it performs: In the boat, big streamers, double nymph rigs and even light tippets with small dries – the ONE handled all the situations we put it in with style and grace. Floating the Yellowstone? Bring the six-weight ONE. It will make a great hopper rod.