Ultralight Trout Spey Rod Review - Sage ONE 2109-4 Review
December 18, 2015
I'm not sure why I can be so stubborn sometimes, but I guess it runs in all of our blood here and there. Ol' Craig had been spurring me to try out his new 2 Weight Sage ONE Switch Rod for a while now. I kept putting it off trying to catch on putting web fires out since Steelhead season got over. I had been wanting to test this rod for a while now and finally got my chance.
As many of you guys know, I am a trout spey guy and really enjoy both casting two handed rods and catching trout. I like this combo because I get to shoot line on a little two-hander, and I get a good number of strikes and I even get a few big trout once in a while. Big trout for us are 18" or so, with a few to 19-20" every few trips. Most however are 10-14" and tackle the fly hard.
The challenge for us is that while the fish may be on the small side much of the time, the flies they like (and the big fish usually prefer) can be quite large and tough to cast on light rods. If you use a heavy rod like a 5 weight switch rod you'll lose touch with the wiggle of a moderate sized trout. Recently Sage introduced their "ONE Trout Spey" lineup and the star is definitely the 2 weight.
Craig helped me solve the problem of getting a lightweight rod to cast big flies. When he got his 2 weight he immediately started experimenting with the OPST Commando Heads. These short powerful heads have allowed us to pitch big flies on ultralight weight switch and spey rods. This combo rocks. It is really cool, I am pretty excited about it these short heads. RIO also makes one called the RIO Skagit Trout MAX that are 11' heads. I plan to fool around with these next.
If you want to throw big Sculpin Patterns like this one, you'll want a head and proper sink tip that will turn over flies like this.
I tried not to be overly exuberant in the video and stay unbiased, but for a light trout spey this combo is hard to beat. The OPST Commando head is a great combo on this lightweight rod and I recommend it for anyone shopping for a light trout spey that wants to rule out any chance of regret.
About the Sage ONE Trout Spey Rods
Overall I really like this combo for anglers fishing in places where you are more likely to catch a 13" trout than a 20" trout. They make a 2 weight and a 3 weight rod and they seem to be built on a very different chassis than the 4-5 weight Sage ONE Switch Rods that I have been fishing with. These are definitely trout rods whereas my 5116-4 Sage ONE would double as a light summer Steelhead rod. Its just bigger. The grip and everything is more like that of a traditional two-hander.
With the advent of better lines anyone shopping for a dedicated trout spey rod should consider going with the ultralight setups that we sell at Red's.
Line Selection for Sage ONE Trout Spey 2109-4 and 3110-4 Rods
Commando heads or RIO Trout MAX heads just make sense on these little rods. We like a 175 Grain on the 2109 but it is a very strong rod (considering its rated at 2 weight) so it will cast up to 275 grains. The 225 Grain seems to be the sweet spot.
On the 3110-4 the 275 grain head seems to be the sweet spot.