Sage 697-4 Igniter


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SKU: sag-ign-6974

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Sage 697-4 Igniter fly rod with case and liner

9’6″ 6-wt, 4-piece, 3 9/16 oz. with all-aluminum seat and fighting butt

The Sage Igniter 697-4 is a power high stick nymphing rod that fishes into the 7-weight line class for dry line steelhead.


  1. I cast the IGNITER 697-4 with a Rio Gold and a Rio Perception WF6F. The Perception was magical and the 6-weight Gold was just a shade light. If you like the longer headed lines, consider a Rio Gold WF7F for this rod. Back to the Perception, yes! The IGNITER 697-4 loves the Perception and threw that particular line better than any other IGNITER. Casting overhead with that line, you would swear you were casting a 9-foot rod. That rod and line came to life and gave me the impression that this rod could do an awful lot. It roll casts effortlessly, even off angle. Want a side arm, off shoulder roll cast bomb dropper? Look no further. I preferred this rod to the X 697-4 and, like the IGNITER 690-4, has broad appeal across ability levels. This is the “nymphy-ist” IGNITER in the lineup and did not feel too heavy to be a serious streamer rod on the trout river. The 697-4 has a preference for heavy-headed lines similar to the 691-4, but it is a sublime roll casting tool. It is the best IGNITER 6-weight with a nymph rig and as good as the 690-4 with the streamer. Choose the IGNITER 697-4 if you plan on keeping this rod in cold water. Opt for the IGNITER 691-4 if you want a 6-weight that plays well in the salt water as well as on the trout river.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
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