Made in Washington: Sage Manufacturing

The Bainbridge Island-based company was founded in 1980 and is the largest producer of premium fly rods in the United States.

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Since 1980, Sage Manufacturing has been making top-notch fly-fishing equipment on Bainbridge Island. 

Founded by Don Green (who was quickly joined by Bruce Kirschner of the K2 Corporation skis family), Sage today employs 140 people and is the largest producer of premium fly rods in the United States.

In the images at the top of the page, from left, workers roll carbon fiber around a mandrel to create a rod blank, wrap a guide onto a rod, and inspect a rod-and-reel assembly. Above, painted blanks stand ready to be turned into rods.

Sage Manufacturing is a division of Far Bank Enterprises, created in 2005 by Seattle’s Joshua Green Corporation to encompass Sage and two other fly-fishing brands, Redington and RIO Products.

Scroll through bonus photos from the shoot at Sage Manufacturing below, or click through the slideshow above. See more Made in Washington photo galleries here.

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