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Sage ESN 3100 4 – my French Leader rod

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I am making this transition from “assembling” rods in accordance to the manufacturer’s recipe to configuring rods to my preference. In this, I am using some older stock parts (such as the grip).

So what is unique to this Sage ESN 3100-4 build?

  • Guides – Single Foot Recoil 2 – As it is the lightest guide available.
  • Strippers – Actually using Spinning Guides – Recoil RSN 8 and 10 to transition to the reel.
  • Guide placement reflects static & casting.  It is a little wider spacing than Sage’s and one less guide.
  • Japanese Silk in Black with Red & Green Trim. With graphite builds, I am doing dual trim bands.
  • Thinned ProKote Epoxy, applied in 3 coats.
  • No “custom” builders mark, so as to keep forward weight down.
  • Black Aluminum Winding Check.
  • Stock Cork Handles – Fine. From this point on, I will be turning my own handles.
  • Pac-Bay Black Reel Seat, in Powell Style.
  • 1.1 oz lead in butt, to move the balance point onto the handle with a Hardy Princess Reel. There are many long rods, with the new reels, where the balance point is above the cork, so you are always having to think about keeping the tip up. I rather concentrate on the line and leader, than be concerned with the rod tip.

As suggested in the title, I intend to use this rod with a long french leader. As you can see below, the blank itself can look “black” to “dark olive”, depending upon the light on it.





Written by raspberryfisher

2014/05/13 at 00:34

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  1. […] components, I considered following this blog’s Sage ESN recommendation for single foot guides (this guy is amazing) but chose the double footed guides because Sage recommends double foot and […]

  2. Best ESN or maybe the best looking nymphing rod i’ve ever seen… I love those red trims & sure a must to in my next build. Thanks for share your stunning work!!

    Jose Gulias

    2015/01/11 at 20:41

    • Jose, Thank you. Lately, I have been using two trim bands to pull out the colours better. If you look through the Rod-Building category, you will also see a Orange-White-Black on a spin rod, then a Orange-Yellow-Green on a Winston 9wt. I have a couple of other projects in the works, but work has kept me on the road a lot, so I have been slowed up.


      2015/01/11 at 23:26

  3. Mr Wilson, for sure I have look all your post!! I like all your work but I think i fell in love with that reds… My idea is to use the thread Colorlock for avoid the use of color preserver, due to they haven´t red i doubt about purple, pink or rust (blank is in mate black and thread black too like the guides). Varnish could be flex coat lite or duragloss ls supreme. Thanks for your response and for share your advices!! Keep us up to date with your future works and be carefull in the road!!

    Jose Gulias

    2015/01/11 at 23:52

  4. […] Do I want to balance the rod and reel for comfort in fishing.  Yes, specifically when I doing high rod techniques (french leader) or two-handed […]

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