Suggest you call Sage @ (800) 533--3044 and ask them. I found out that the change on the traditional action rods was indeed purely cosmetic. Haven't heard of any changes to the Euro rods, but you never know.
JD, getting that info from Sage was like tryin to get info re when we attack Iran and Iraq.
I got the info from another choice. Both Rods are graphite 4. The 2001 rod is brown, and the 2002 rod is green.
There was apparently some minor stuff re eyes. Basically cosmetic. Madison River delivered to my door the 2001 model for $514. I will tolerate the old Sage Brown. Here in Gray Davis's tax and spend Kali, the 2002 rod would have cost me about $800 with the Kali sales tax. (Another reason to order from Mark's shop in Welches, free delivery and no sales tax)
Being retired, this is how I buy the Sage, Loomis and T&T rods. I wait for a cosmetic change and buy last year's model.
The brown (dark) blank I think was from inception to 1999 then green then 2002 back to brownish green. The first generation where great casting tools but tended to break in the butt section right below the ferrule. Sage fixed many of these. It is my understanding they modified the manner in which they wrap the fiber and that fixed the issue. Do they cast as well? I notice a difference Others swear there is a greater difference than I notice (we also have a great difference in our casting abilities). Either way it is a great rod and if it breaks Sage will take care of fixing it. Their warrantee and repair departments are first rate and return rods rapidly.
You can find out what year the rod was built by checking the serial number and asking Sage.
Thanks for your response. The rod looks great, and I hope to have it in the water testing it at the end of this week or early the following week.
Sage is good with the repairs unless you have one of the older Sages. I went aroung the horn with them on my 4 weight 4 piece LL model. It came out before the numbers. I am the original owner with the warranty card submitted in my name. The tip broke off a couple of years ago, and I was having a lot hassles from Sage because it didn't have a serial #. Their local rep interceeded, and I paid like $20 for the shipping and handling costs. Then, they fixed it. The other time I had a rod break, they were great.
Since this rod will be used to fish for King Salmon and Silvers, a good guarantee is a necessity.
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