Sage 4200 Fly Reel Review

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Ben F There have been 0 comments

The Sage 4280 is one of my favorite reels from Sage.  It's light, looks good, feels great, and comes with a lifetime warranty.  Let's find out if it will hold up to the rigors of saltwater use.

 

8-Weight Challenge Full Results

WEIGHT

6.1 ounces.  It's super light.

DRAG

3.6 pounds of drag is plenty for trout fishing, but doesn't cut it in the salt.  At least it's sealed!

DRAG TEST GRAPH

 

SOUND

The Sage 4200 sounds like a freshwater reel... because it is.  But, it's a pleasant and familiar sound nonetheless.

SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATE

Average.  The reel fits right in the middle of the pack in virtually all of the spool categories (retrieval rate, arbor size, etc.).  It was a little more voluminous than most, but not significantly.

 

One quirk - while the spool comes off easily, it is a little awkward to put back on the reel.

LOOK & FEEL

I like the look of the 4280.  Sage did a great job designing this one.  It also feels like very solid, and has a nice handle.

WARRANTY

Lifetime to the original owner + $50 fee.  Steep.

 

Price: $309

CONCLUSION

The Sage 4280 is a great choice of trout reels.  While it tied for 5th in our test, this was mostly due to its low price and light weight.  If you're casting all day to small-ish bonefish, it's not a bad choice, otherwise, I'd look for more drag.

 

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PROS

  • Light
  • Priced right
  • Solid construction

CONS

  • One of the weakest drags in the test

 

 


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