Sage 1600 Series Fly Reels
- Light, all-aluminum construction
- Large-arbor, quick-release spool change
- Premium sealed graphite drag system
- Innovative floating tripod drag
Sage 1600 Series Spare Spool sold separately and can be found through item search for sku number 1343559.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by krak durable great price for a spare spool, fits great and you cant tell the difference from the original spool. now i have a setup for chuck and duck and for casting January 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by AwoodATL First high quality reel I owned. Good reel feel, Was my FIRST real(I mean not out of a starter kit and made of plastic.) Anyways, after loading it up with Rio gold WF 6 fly line and a bunch of backing she casts sooo nice and has a very easy to use drag system. I love the feel. I don't mind the heaviness on the reel, I just wish the reel was made of harder aluminum. After I got it I strung it up and was reaching to grab the practice leader to pull the fly line out I had to drop the reel to the ground from about 8-10 inches. I had noticed that I bent the spool in enough to cause it not to work until i bent the spool out again. I like that the spools are cheap and that I can just get another one or two... May 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thacarter546 Amazing value reel I spent about a week deciding on a reel for my 5 weight go-to rod. I needed something 150 dollars or less, something durable, something that does NOT make a racket while im trying to control my line. Some people prefer a loud reel I am NOT one of them. This reel was my decision. Spools are affordable. If your like me deciding what line to use is difficult until you are there, why not bring all the possibilities with the ability to change between them in less than 30 seconds. The drag is exceptional for a reel in this price range. very consistent. It will protect even tippets down to 7x with ease. I have used it for pretty much everything from trout to largemouth bass. Pulled in a 5 pound LMB on 6x tippet with this reel which made me a believer. I have several reels, but this is my favorite by far. December 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Scungilli Spare Spools Rule! A great way to save money is to buy spare spools for your favorite reels. Sage spools are especially quick and easy to change out with just a turn while pulling the spool away from the reel. Using spare spools means you don't have to remove your favorite rig(s) just to try another rig. Take advantage of their flexibility and Tight Lines!!! January 4, 2011
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Details:hi..i have spare spool with sink line and want to change with the one i have now...and dont know how.. try few things but worry that i can break tread....thank you for your help
A:Your currently mounted spool will pop off easily if you hold the frame and push the spool out with your thumbs. Be sure to have a soft place for the spool to land as it pops out. Sage 1600 spools damage easily if dropped.
A:Spool Removal: (see link below) The Sage 1600/1800 series reels feature a unique, simple yet reliable “O”-Ring system to secure the spool. To remove the spool, place your index fingers on the inside of the rear spool flange and your thumbs close to the center, outside of the rear spool flange, as shown in the illustration. Press firmly and evenly with your thumbs to release the spool from the “O”-Ring. Do not remove the spool by pulling it off from the front of the reel, as this may damage the groove that retains the “O”-Ring.
A:Depends on which of the 1600 series you have. I wouldn't use 1650 as a salt water reel unless I was sure to only catch fish the size and strength of a large trout. The reel is too small to hold enough backing and line to accommodate the amount of line required to fight and bring in ocean varieties like bonefish. Also, this reel isn't made for line weights greater than 6 wt. You would typically want an 8 wt to-9 wt rod and line for salt water fishing. The 1680 has a greater line capacity and is made for 7wt - 9wt lines. Problem there is that the arbor on the 1680 is smaller than that of a typical salt water reel. Reeling in a big one would take much more effort than a true salt water reel would.
A:They are very quiet reels. They make very little noise when stripping line off and almost none while retrieving.
A:That would depend upon how much you want to spend, what rod action you want/like, and what fish species you fish for.
I'm a retired engineer, love the Lamson Litespeed & ULA-SL reels for looks & engineering. I just bought a St. Croix Legend Ultra 9 ft., 6 wt for bass & panfishing, think St Croix rods are an excellent value. Sage 4200/4500 series reels have good engineering too. Sage/Winston/Orvis rods can be costly.
I also have a 1979 Fenwick 8 ft - 6 wt that is very slow action vs the St Croix that is med-fast. Both are great rods, just do things a bit differently. Each to his own.
A:My first rod and reel, which I still use today, is a 9' 6# 4 pc Sage Launch with a Sage 1650 reel. In my book, this combo is a reasonably priced great performing rig. You can spend more but why? I don't believe the Launch is made anymore but Sage is smart enough to make a comparable model. Just ask someone at the BPS fly fishing dept.
Details:The price and color are the only obvious differences, and I can't find these reels on the SAGE web site. So what is the difference and why would some one choose one over the other?
A:Type "1600 reels" in the Sage site search box. The 1600's info will pop up. The 1650 reel is smaller than the 1680. The 1650 holds 100 yds of 20 lb backing and a typical line. It weighs 6ozs, is 3.75 in. in diameter, and is made for 4-6 lines . The 1680 is larger than the 1650, weighing 7.25 ozs, holds 200 yds of 20 lb backing plus line and is 4.125 in dia. This reel is made for 7-9 wt. lines. The 1680 is designed for catching larger and or more aggressive fish than the 1650 is.
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