When entering the world of big game flats fishing and bluewater behemoths, heavy-duty is the name of the game. That lifetime tarpon, monster trevally or massive shark could come into sight at any second, and for the angler hunting these big game fish, knowing your tackle can handle the fight is paramount. In steps the THERMO – heavy-duty in every sense. Designed to handle any tippet-busting, finger-cutting, hard-charging fish one may encounter. With the stopping power to keep a giant trevally out of the reef and the smoothness and endurance to outlast a blue marlin, the THERMO’s robust heat dissipating SCS drag, rigid frame and burly feature set will have you covered like never before. The new leader in big game reel performance and reliability. For South African anglers looking for a reel that will stop a Kozi or Seychelles GT in its tracks, this is the reel for you.


Starting with a new ultra-robust SCS drag package specifically built and tuned for the extreme, the THERMO delivers 0 to 20lbs of drag with unparalleled consistency of drag pressure throughout the entire run of the fish. No drop-off, skipping or wear-out because of overheating, the THERMO handles the extremes with ease, as the drag efficiently dissipates the heat across its fully sealed, extra-large carbon brake discs. 20 easy-to-see drag settings sit atop a large-diameter drag knob that is incredibly easy to grip and adjust in the heat of a battle, while 39 detents allow for fine tuning adjustments for any leader and tippet combination. The extra sturdy frame and spool are designed to hold up to the rigors of boat fishing where a knock on the gunwale or a pounding run through breakers is not unusual. With a hefty, large-diameter, ergonomic handle for maximum grip and control, and large arbor spool for quick pick up and 500+ yards backing capacity, the THERMO is the ultimate powerhouse of big game fishing reels.


  • Ultra-robust SCS drag
  • One revolution drag knob with numbered and detented settings
  • Large arbor for fast line pick-up
  • Concave, ported arbor for greater strength and capacity
  • Large diameter ergonomic handle
  • Quick-change spool mechanism
  • Fully machined 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminium
  • Cold forged and tempered for superior strength and rigidity


With its smooth engagement and consistent, dependable and repeatable pressure, Sage’s SCS drag allows you to fish with confidence knowing your tippet is protected. Proprietary high-grade USA made carbon easily and repeatedly handles high pressure and quickly dissipates the kinetic energy of that running fish into thermal energy. Tailored configurations allow Sage to create specific drag systems for each model, size and fishing application, and the entire system itself is sealed to keep out water, sand, grit and salt.


Sage’sr drag discs are made with proprietary, high-grade USA made carbon, the same material used in the brakes of jets and F1 racing cars. Sage utilize carbon drag systems because they recognize it is the most efficient material for dissipating extreme heat without wear. Unlike alternative drag components such as cork or plastic, or even polymers like Delrin® and Rulon®, carbon does not compress, deteriorate, melt or burn. It allows Sage to create compact drag systems that are high performance, stable, durable and repeatable.


Numbered settings, detents and audible clicks help you take the guesswork out of setting your preferred control level. Sage’s SCS drag is hand-calibrated for precision and consistency, allowing for repeatable settings and confidence in your adjustments. The easy switch between decreased tension for stripping and increased pressure for fighting fish makes for more time fishing and less time setting your drag.