2. Sage Trout LLGet It
This year Sage rolled out the Trout LL, a new incarnation of its much-beloved Light Line model, which was hot in the ’90s and purportedly once the all-time smoothest-casting rods. I’ve never fished an original Light Line, but the medium-action Trout LL is no doubt a super-smooth, hyper-accurate caster, and a clear attempt to construct the perfect dry-fly rod. Available in 3, 4, and 5 weights, the rods flexes deeply, recovers quickly, and offers unmatched fly control. Sage isn’t giving the Trout LL away, with an $800 sticker price, but you can easily pay just as much for a much worse rod.
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