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: Sage 108M Made in Redditch England

05-04-2007, 02:02 AM
Digging through a box of my old mans fishing gear that I confiscated a few years back. I've come accross one of these reels. Its in new condition. It is a click and pawl reel that is 3"9/16 (OD)wide, and the spool is deeper than most fly reels.
Think I could stuff a CND 5/6 GPS on it and pair it with my 11' 6w 2hander/switch rod?

Also, anyone know the history of these reels? Who made them? and.... is it just a piece of junk that I just shouldn't bother with?

05-04-2007, 10:20 PM
I think those reels were made by JW young but I'm not sure. They are serviceable, and would work just fine for the application you mentioned.

05-11-2007, 02:42 PM
i've seen the JYoung's labeled as Sage,,and B-W Expert and even Daiwa has a version or two among others,the one `issue' is the reel foot on all of them the chrome foot is thick the brass painted foot is thin and fits later rods,,i use them (daiwas and young's because i love the sound(like an old BSA 650 kickstarted ratchet:hihi: ) and because i'm cheap,too lazy to pursue hardy's and would rather spend my money on rods instead of disc drags for our 4-6 pound steelies,keep the pawls greased and check for dirt (in the grease)often and go have some fun ZZZZZZZZZZ!:D

05-14-2007, 02:43 AM
Thanks guys. Will give it a go.

05-17-2007, 07:52 PM
108M was private labeled for Sage by JW Young...sometimes some spools can be found under either name as well....make sure they fit, some cheaper versions had a nylon gear on the spool...very bad...

05-17-2007, 08:53 PM
also had one or two,,?,i've bid on them;) ,,labeled as guides choice or somthing like that,they had a green finish,the daiwa version had a shoulder on the post the spool fits on,diawa spools interchange with others but others won't interchange with daiwas,,,gee!,i hope this covers it:roll: ,,yes they are `cheep' reels but when you need a pile of reels/spools right now go with it!:D

05-18-2007, 05:13 PM
thanks again.....another question....can these reels be switched from RH retrieve to LH retrieve?

05-18-2007, 05:30 PM
I'm pretty sure you just flip the pawls; there are two pawls if I remember correctly, flip the one that's engaged to disengaged and engage the one that's disengaged. If nobody else chimes in with better instructions here, call or e-mail Sage they should be able to fax or e-mail the original instruction sheet, or at least discribe it to you. Or, you could ask the question at under their "classic reels" section, somebody over there probably could fax or e-mail directions.

Of course that's the easy part, the hard part is winding the backing in the other direction.

Hope this helps,


05-18-2007, 08:54 PM
John...worked like a charm. Thank you sir! has the brass gear.:cool:

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05-18-2007, 10:41 PM they sound like a Spitfire Mk 4,or a Rocket? Your comment brought back memories,I just had to ask!!

05-19-2007, 09:30 AM
i was a triumph man,,or young man,owned one bike for 17 years,,but it did seem like the BSA's had a louder ratchet:chuckle: ,,sooner or later i'll have to chase some Hardy's down,,if i could distinguish the mark 4 from the mark 3 and the marquis from the dukes :tsk_tsk: ,till then it's `1535's and 1540's and 8-12's and 8-13's (Daiwa version),another plus is the pawls and springs interchange as well as most spools,plus many i've bought will have extra spools included,,,it's a great nearly painless way to get a pile of reels to go with your pile of rods,gee!,now that i think about it i DID have 3-4 extra motors for my Bonneville:lildevl: