The most demanding conditions require a different kind of tool. Strong head wind? Fish at distance? Bulky rigs? Heavy sink-tips? The IGNITER is tuned to handle the most technical of conditions. Not a rod for the everyday angler, the IGNITER is equipped with a high line speed taper to carry large amounts of line at distance with wind cutting performance. Perfect for streamer fishing with heavy sink tips or covering big water when conditions turn south. If you bring the will, the IGNITER will supply the way.
This is one I have been really excited about! My affinity for this rod started when, at age 14, I entered the "Best in the West Casting Competition." I had three rods to choose from and I chose the Sage TCR (Technical Casting Rod). Sage has always been the pinnacle of performance in my mind. This year I came in second betting some pretty incredible casters and only throwing a few feet short of Steve Rajeff. I was lucky but happy with my performance. What about the guys who got beat by a 14 year old. Well one of the casters who I had beat by a foot or two was sage rod designer Jerry Siem whose cast is unparalleled in beauty in ease. He only lost on account he'd rather cast in a way that made seam as if he were doing nothing at all than look as though he was trying too hard. Long story short he very graciously sent a TCR 5 wt to my house with a note that said "You better practice, because it won't happen again!"
A few years later sage released the TCX, then the Method, and now the Ignitor. This line of rods has provided me with some of my favorite rods ( like the 796-4 Method "Excalibur") I am very much looking forward to getting to know this rod in the next few months, but my initial thoughts are that there are some incredible rods in this line up. My guess is I will find something I love in the 6-10wt range of this series ranging from 4wt-10wt. The biggest bummer is there are only two rods over 9ft (the 10ft 7wt and 9'6" 6wt). I hope to see a 9'6" 7 weight added to the line up.