Sage Domain Fly Reel Review
Sage has marketed its new Sage Domain as "Marrying tradition with advanced design." It's a full cage reel with a large arbor and modern looks. So, who cares? Full cage reels have a few advantages - they're stronger and they don't let line 'slip through' the reel. It's great for thin running lines and spey casting, but how does it work for trout? Read on to find out. 5-Weight Challenge Full Results
WEIGHT6.2 ounces. Really, really, heavy.
DRAG TEST GRAPH
SOUNDThe Domain sounds fairly similar to the other Sage reels. It's nice, but not best in class.
SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATEThe Domain was fairly average in terms of spool design. It's got a reasonably fast retrieve at 7.6 inches per turn, and holds an estimated 200 yards of backing. Easily enough room for that 3-4 weight Skagit line.
LOOK & FEELThe Domain is definitely an upgrade over the 4200 in the look and feel department. While they are both made in the same factory, the Domain both looks and feels like a higher quality reel.
ErgonimicsHandle: The handle is a little shorter than the best of the best. Drag Knob: Like the 2200 and 3200 series, the Domain has a great drag knob, and it's really easy to grab Spool Change: Quick change spool is very easy to use, but not as easy as a one-button release.
The DropAverage. Strong divots, but minimal scratching. As you'd expect from a full cage, there was no damage.
WARRANTYLifetime to the original owner + $30 Price: $340
- Good ergonomics
- Smooth drag
- Not nearly enough drag strength
- Too heavy for a trout reel.