(Review from The Venturing Angler)
One of the rod releases from Sage this year is the Motive Series. A reasonably-priced, high-end saltwater rod, the news of the release peaked interest a few months ago, but when (not literally) running up and down the isles of ICAST/IFTD in July to absorb as much as possible in the brief 24-hours I was there, I didn’t get a chance to cast this rod. I missed out.
A lower price tag for the Motive should not suggest to anglers that this rod is anything less than a gem.
At first cast (of the nine-foot, eight weight (990-4)), it was immediately clear that the promise of a “smooth fast action that loads quickly” is fulfilled. It took no time to cast this rod with ease and joy, and the rod performed extraordinarily well in a range of conditions (such as wind/no wind) and with several different lines (two different floating lines and a heavy shooting head).
Several days later, I dropped by a local Sage dealer that had not yet cast the rod, and they were also impressed with the rod, finding that the Motive loaded with more feel than some higher-priced rods. In addition, when Florida tarpon guide, Capt. Shafter Johnston, passed through the Pacific Coast recently, he also found a place in his rod quiver for this fine saltwater tool.
The Sage Motive is a fine-casting rod with fine look. The blue blank and fat fighting butt give the rod the physical characteristics anglers generally seek in the salt. These physical characteristics are not just a pretty face — these components remain high-quality Sage parts, including their high-end graphite that have delivered fast, strong rods with feel for decades.