The history of Sage’s Xi3 fly rod dates back to 1986, with the introduction of the RPLX. A series of models followed, including the Xi, Xi2 and finally the Xi3. Some have called the Xi3 the best saltwater rod of all time. This is the stick that is always with Jim when he is fishing saltwater destinations. He likes it for its great swing weight, the quality of the construction that includes a premium full wells cork grip and oversized guides, and the lifting power of the butt section of the rod. It’s no wonder that you often see Xi3 rods on the loaner racks at many saltwater lodges. It’s fast (but not crazy fast) action is just the ticket for a windy day on the flats.