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the_skunk_whisperer
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Sage rod repairs

Post by the_skunk_whisperer » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:03 pm

It's about that time of year again, ruing I never got around to sending away my current busted rod in the winter. But apparently they don't fix 'em if they're not snapped. My "One" has three bent/snapped guides all on one section, so I kinda gave up on it and bought an Echo as it was easier.

Isn't there a Sage rep on here? What is the deal? Do I have to snap it before it can get fixed? I hear there's a local guy but it's a no-no for some reason. The mystique I cannot understand, but I would love to get the rod fixed so it can cast smoothly again.

Or, anyone know of a rod patcher upper guy locally (chch) who will be happy for for business? I found one in Auckland but I think he only does surfcasters, so might not be a finesse job :) But I'm not a fussy man anymore.



Maniototoflyfisher
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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by Maniototoflyfisher » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:42 pm

Break the section and send to Sage - or get the retailer you bought it from to do it. Or ring Swift in Wanaka to see if they would re ring/bind the affected section.



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by the_skunk_whisperer » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:42 pm

Maniototoflyfisher wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Break the section and send to Sage - or get the retailer you bought it from to do it. Or ring Swift in Wanaka to see if they would re ring/bind the affected section.
Seems a EPIC-ly cheeky to ask them to fix a rival company's rod :D Never can resist a pun



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by Boisker » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:56 pm

Hey skunk.... I should contact Sage direct and query the response you got from your local dealers... only repairing snapped sections is garbage... sage will repair the rod, we could get it repaired in the U.K. and you certainly would in the US... sounds like some local NZ dealers trying it on and avoiding the hassle...



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by Johnno » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:43 pm

If it’s only a job to replace three buggered rings and the rod itself is fine... hell any reputable rod builder will do that for you for a coupla beers. It’d take half an hour of binding - if that - and a bit of epoxying etc and that’s it done. (I’d do it but I’m not regarded as reputable 😂 )
But if that’s all it is, I’m sure it can get sorted pretty bloody easily. Ask around, find a rod builder. They’ll get the rings, bind it up and it’s done. All the palava of getting back to Sage for such a simple job is just not worth the drama. And IMHO deliberately breaking the rod is not only dishonest but it completely fails to mask what the original simple easily fixed issue was...



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by Johnno » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:47 pm

Bugger it, look if you don’t find anyone in ChCh in the near future let me know. I’ll sort for you - if it’s just three rings and nothing else - in no time.



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by flyfish » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:21 pm

If you brought it new mate, just drop it at a H&F shop to send away, or send to Tore at Flytackle.co.nz but they'll sting you postage to the US of about $60-$80 despite the repair being free if it's viable. Sage and other NZ dealers carry spare tips in stock if that's the section, so can turn around quickly if so. Getting someone to bind locally is the go however and far cheaper. They certainly do fix them if not snapped, rings, cork glues, butts etc all covered.



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by Andy W » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:45 am

What? I smell a rat. My suggestion is to take it to a specialist retailer that sells Sage Rods for some proper advice. My 7 wt One had a guide that worked lose about 3 seasons ago and was replaced no questions asked. Can't remember if it went back to the US or if it was repaired by the local guys as Fishermans Loft looked after it for me.

The cost for non-current model repairs has gone up in the last 6 months or thereabouts, so it will be $80.00 now - same One went to Bainbridge Island late last year for a new tip section.

There is a specialist repairer just north of Christchurch, that can do replacement guides - they pick up and deliver back to most of the Chch retailers weekly. https://www.sportservicecentre.co.nz/.



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Re: Sage rod repairs

Post by fraser hocks » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:52 am

Yea exactly as the boys said, a really easy fix. Heaps of places in CH that will be able to bind new guides on. Hell if you were in Queenstown, id say drop over with a few beers and id sort it for you. Just give one of the many tackle stores around CH a call and I'm sure there is either a guy in-house that can sort it for you, or someone that they can recommend. Hell if you feel up for it, give the boys at Swift a call and I'm sure they can send some kit to you for you to sort it yourself if you wanted to? Wont cost much and should only take you an evening or so.

What I want to know is how you manage to bend and snap guides without damaging the blank? Iv never seen anyone accomplish. Quite baffling :?
Johnno wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:43 pm
And IMHO deliberately breaking the rod is not only dishonest but it completely fails to mask what the original simple easily fixed issue was...
Spot on Johnno!


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