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 BlueQuillNymph Sage Quality Spool is identical to my original and performs as well. I'm very happy with my purchase. July 19, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by OKfisherman Great reel I was nymphing the Norfork in AR and hooked a 20 inch rainbow in the belly. With the ability to use his head, the fish took me into the backing twice before I was able to land him. This reel worked flawlessly to make several tightening adjustments as the fish tired allowing me to get him in without breaking my line. For the money, I would look no further. It is a little heavy but I am not one to worry that much about weight. I tend to invest in my rods and so this little value reel has become one of my favorite pieces of equipment. I recently purchased one for my 8 wt for stripers as well. Great reel, great price. December 12, 2007
Rated 3 out of 5 by JobyKSU Thoroughly Sufficient I received the sage 1650 reel along with the sage launch combo. I use it mainly tailwater fishing for trout. The reel looks fine aesthetically, and it is only slightly heavier than I would like. When fishing, I use the reel as a storage space for line: I manually strip most fish in. When a big one decides to make a run for it, however, the drag on this reel does an acceptable job of slowing them down. The drag is relatively quiet and very smooth, but I have yet to get completely comfortable with the adjustment. Which way eases the drag again? Everything considered (especially the price) this is good value for a decent large arbor reel. If you'll regularly be fishing in waters with lunkers, you might want to consider upgrading, otherwise this is the reel for you. August 27, 2007
Rated 4 out of 5 by onemorecast Drag is there when needed--held up nicely I own a 5 wt. Was a little skeptical about how touchy the drag settings are. A small adjustment to the knob results in larger adjustments to the drag pressure, but this week I learned the value of good drag system. It was 25 degrees streamside. Rods guides and reel froze up. But when I hooked two 4 lb rainbows back-to-back, after breaking free the spool from ice, the drag was there when I needed it. The touchy adjustment was actually a blessing in that a slight turn did the job. Would say this reel deserves a 5 for performance, but probably a 3 for weight. It is noticeably heavier than the Orvis models of comparable price. However, the weight difference has not impacted my fishing ability one bit though. For others it may present a problem. February 15, 2007
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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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