Sage TXL 1710 Fly Rod Review


The next Sage TXL fly rod I tested at the Denver Fly Fishing Show 2007 was the model 1710-3 7’10” 3 pc for a 3 wt line.  The 1710 was was equipped with a Sage 3100 fly reel and 1 wt fly line plus a 6 or 7 foot leader.  Working from the short end of the casting pool, I worked out about 15 or 20 feet of line with overhand casts.

Compared to the TXL 000, the 1710 model felt substantially stronger on the overhand casts.  On the pickups, I could feel the rod start loading immediately.  On the backcast, I had good line feel and could feel the rod loading on the beginning of the power stroke.  Keeping muscle to a minimum, this light weight effortlessly put out 20 foot casts and could probably drop one to 50 feet without much effort.  (Remember most trout are caught within 20 feet).

I had to try several roll casts to become accustomed to how this lightweight fly rod loaded.  Then I enjoyed dropping 6 roll casts in a row into the casting hoop at 15 feet.  Even within the 3 minute rod test limit, I got a good feel for the Sage Model 1710-3.  This rod has the feel of a much larger and stronger rod.  I liked this rod very much and plan on purchasing one before spring fishing to replace my older small stream rods. For small stream fishing or beaver pond fishing, I would definitely recommend this rod.


  • 7’10” is a great size for small stream fly fishing.
  • Rod breaks down into 3 pieces for easy travel.
  • The TXL series uses G5 technology which uses replaces glass fiber in the rod blank scrim with graphite.  This results in a lighter stronger fly rod with superior handling, line feel and fish fighting performance.
  • Good line feel.
  • Light weight
  • Ultra light guides
  • Round tip top
  • Six inch cigar type grip
  • Vera wood reel insert
  • Uplocking Nickel Silver reel seat


  • Price is a bit high to suggest to a beginning fly fisherman.
    Suggested retail is $515.

Later, Jerry Siem, Sage Rod Pro, told me the 1710-1 had enough power to play and land almost any size trout.  Since Jerry tests a lot of Sage Fly Rods, you can bet he has caught some reasonable size trout on this rod.

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Sage 1710 Fly Rod Priced at $520   Select model 171-3 for  1 wt line. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one to complete check out.

abel super 2 fly reel

Abel Super 2 Fly Reel at $450 with a 1 wt Sage Quiet Double Taper II fly line to balance out this light line fly fishing combo.


Best Buy is a Sage Ultra Light Fly Fishing Combo: Includes

  • Sage TXL 171-3 fly rod
  • Sage Quiet Double Taper II with backing
  • Abel Super 2 Fly Reel
  • Priced at $997 a savings of $53

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Marshall, Editor