With all the technology put into the Sage R8 Core Fly Rod, one thing instilled into this rod is the fun factor. Light and responsive, but filled with soul; the R8 Core has quickly become one of our absolute favorite fly rods to fish for trout here in Colorado and New Mexico.
With any day on the water offering a chance to fish nymphs, then dries, and finished out with streamers: the R8 Core makes it a joy to cast any kind of bug to any kind of trout.
With all the technology put into the Sage R8 Core Fly Rod, one thing instilled into this rod is the fun factor. Light and responsive, but filled with soul; the R8 Core has quickly become one of our absolute favorite fly rods to fish for trout here in Colorado and New Mexico. With any day on the water offering a chance to fish nymphs, then dries, and finished out with streamers: the R8 Core makes it a joy to cast any kind of bug to any kind of trout.
The Sage R8 Core Fly Rod has the ability to handle dry fly lines with long heads, increasing loop control when carrying long lengths and making precise casts to rising fish, all while making it easier to turn over long leaders for technical feeders at range. A sensitive tip section to protect light tippets, the Sage R8 Core has a versatile balance between lifting power and delicacy which provides perfect synergy for nymph fishing. Then, a powerful butt section easily throws a wide range of streamers and accommodates a full lineup of sinking tip lines while also quickly pulling aggressive fish out of structure for increased landing success. All the while, the R8 Core holds true to what an amazing trout rod should do: cast smoothly, mend extremely effeciencly, and keep fish buttoned when hooked up on light tippet.
The Sage R8 Core Fly Rod is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary R8 material technology through a forward-thinking lens of what anglers are seeing out on the water – where one rod needs to show even greater range. At its core, R8 Core traces a direct lineage to Sage’s multi-application / fast action vision, one shaped by the fishing evolutions happening all around us—from habitats we stalk and waters we frequent, to the flies we fish and the diversity of species we now target. Coming in a range from 3wt to 9wt, with a variety of lengths from 8’6″ to 10’0″, there’s sure to be a model to fit the core needs of every freshwater angler.
Revolution 8 Technology
Silver Pine blank color
Slate primary thread wraps with graduated White and Grey trim
Fuji ceramic stripper guides with hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
Laser etched line weight on slide band
Black rod bag with new quick-tie cord lock for faster, easier, and cleaner storage
Sustainable Ziricote wood insert with anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
5WT – 9WT
Premium Flor grade full-wells cork handle with cork/EVA fighting butt
Gunmetal anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
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30 × 2.5 × 2.5 in
390-4 For delicate presentations of small flies to average-sized trout on light tippets, the 390-4 is the tool of choice. The length gives good casting distance and line control.
486-4 The 486-4 is a trout lover’s rod. Light in hand and extremely accurate, it delivers small to medium size flies to picky trout and protects light tippets during battle.
490-4 A light and versatile trout rod, the 490-4 offers great line control without compromising accuracy. Best for dry flies and smaller nymphs.
4100-4 The 4100-4 is a standout nymphing rod. It offers the utmost in line control yet retains accuracy and delicacy for strike detection and tippet protection.
586-4 The 586-4 is great for wade fishing for trout. Extremely accurate and able to cast a wide variety of fly sizes and weights.
590-4 Our most versatile and most popular rod model. The 590-4 handles trout flies of nearly any size, lines of varying densities and does so with superb feel, accuracy, and line control.
596-4FB A slightly longer five-weight to aid in casting distance and line control when fishing for trout. The
596-4FB features a fighting butt and is great for big river fishing, nymphing, and stillwater situations.
5100-4FB Our longest five-weight is our most powerful one. Able to cast longer distances, the 5100-4FB has the greatest line control and mending capabilities. Featuring a fighting butt, this rod is great for stillwater and nymphing scenarios.
690-4 The 690-4 is a very powerful trout rod, able to cast large, heavy and wind-resistant flies long distances or into heavy winds. Great for big river trout fishing and smallmouth bass.
690-4FB A fighting butt version of the 690-4FB. A streamer junkie’s favorite, this rod has enough power to cast big streamers or bass bugs all day. The 690-4FB is all-water ready with an anodized aluminum reel seat.
696-4FB The 696-4FB is at home on big trout rivers where streamers and nymphing rigs are the norm and features an all-water ready reel seat.
6100-4FB The 6100-4FB offers incredible line control and power. All-water safe reel seat for beach fishing, or in big-river trout situations.
790-4 A very versatile and often-overlooked rod weight. The 790-4 is equally at home fishing streamers from a drift boat, bass fishing, or fishing for trophy trout and salmon in Alaska.
796-4 The 796-4 is a favorite of steelhead-indicator fishermen and Alaska trout anglers. Added length for mendability and line control.
7100-4 The 7100-4 offers the greatest line control of all 7-weights. With incredible mending capability in rivers and distance in lakes or bigger rivers.
890-4 Our most versatile and popular all-water rod model. The 890-4 is able to effectively present flies and handle the fight with Alaska trout and salmon, striped bass, largemouth bass, or other similarly-sized species.
896-4 For anglers fishing heavy, sinking lines or heavy, multiple-fly nymphing rigs to anadromous species, the 896-4 is the perfect choice.
8100-4 The 8100-4 offers incredible line control and distance for anglers pursuing large species. Extremely effective as a beach rod for striped bass as well as a river rod for anadromous species.
*990-4 The 990-4 is a very versatile all-water and big game rod, able to pull on striped bass, large anadromous species, and big aggressive freshwater meat-eaters.
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