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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Lateral view of a Female Sweltsa borealis (Chloroperlidae) (Boreal Sallfly) Stonefly Adult from Harris Creek in Washington
I was not fishing, but happened to be at an unrelated social event on a hill above this tiny creek (which I never even saw) when this stonefly flew by me. I assume it came from there. Some key characteristics are tricky to follow, but process of elimination ultimately led me to Sweltsa borealis. It is reassuringly similar to this specimen posted by Bob Newell years ago. It is also so strikingly similar to this nymph from the same river system that I'm comfortable identifying that nymph from this adult. I was especially pleased with the closeup photo of four mites parasitizing this one.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Jebatty on Jan 26, 2017January 26th, 2017, 8:17 am EST
New to the forum, and purpose is to ID a Sage rod gifted to our community 2nd hand store which sells items to support our food shelf, and based on the ID to price it for sale. The only ID on the rod is Sage Graphite #6-7 Line, 9'0". It is a two piece rod and is in a shiny aluminum case with the SAGE logo. It also is in a cloth 2 compartment case, one for each of the two pieces of the rod. The rod may be new and unused.
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Wbranch on Jan 26, 2017January 26th, 2017, 9:36 am EST
After viewing the picture I would tend to think this is a very old Sage fly rod and most likely an entry level model. I believe it is an old Sage rod because I can easily see the spiral effect of the graphite cloth being wrapped around the steel mandrel when the blank was being prepared to cook in the oven or autoclave.

That is how all the older graphite fly rods looked. My first graphite rod, an Orvis, back in the mid 1980's had the same spiral wrapped appearance to the blank. For many years now the rod makers perform an operation where they sand the blank to remove the spiral appearance created as the sections of graphite cloth were wound on the mandrels.

The reason I believe it is an entry level rod is because the reel seat (where the reel is attached to the rod) appears to be black anodized aluminum. No one today would consider paying the high prices of fly rods unless the reel seat is either nickel silver with some exotic wood spacer or some highly machined reel seat like can be found on the Orvis Helios 2.

It does appear to be either brand new or almost new. That being said I would doubt it is worth more than $150.00 and probably considerably less considering entire combination outfits are sold with rod, reel, line and some flies for less than $200. Hope this helps and maybe some other Forum members can chime in with their opinions.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Jmd123 on Jan 26, 2017January 26th, 2017, 11:14 am EST
I guess that would explain the double weight numbers, as I said in the other thread I haven't seen that in a while, but it was pretty common when I got started back then (1985).

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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