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Sage Salt R8

Most salt rods are built for pure power and ultimate strength — that is table stakes for the venue and the discipline. With the new R8 graphite, adding 25% more strength-per-weight was the easy part — a simple function of material advancement — but one that also increased the fight in the rod even down to the six-weight. Sage increased the pure pulling power without the need to add more material, fillers or reinforcement. The outcome is simple, providing the ability for faster landing times - reducing fish fatigue and catch - and release stress on ever so delicate ecosystems.

More strength and fight were an obvious upgrade, yet few salt rods, especially in the heavier weights, achieve the importance of feel for fine touch shots and precise presentations. Shaping a taper that brought this increased touch into the equation took more time. Yet after a long residence in the birthplace of saltwater fly fishing, and working directly with the experienced guides there, our rod designers found the right profile and fibre alignment that delivered strength, fine touch presentation, and a more intuitive sweet spot to a class of rods that have long had a reputation as unwieldy, unforgiving, and difficult. With the Salt R8, gone are the days of sacrificing the feel and touch in your saltwater rod. 

  • 25% Greater Strength Per Rod
  • More Intuitive Sweet Spot and Touch
  • Saltwater Specific Guide Set
  • Heavy-Duty Reel Seat
  • 890-4
    All-Around Bonefish rod from the Bahamas, Christmas Island, Belize, Mexico, and The Florida Keys. All-Around Redfish rod from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast, oyster beds to spartina grass. Flats Sight Fishing Striper rod from the estuarian mud flats of coastal Maine to expansive white sand flats of Cape Cod.

    All-Around Permit rod from the Florida Keys to Belize, shallow water, moderate winds, light to medium sized flies. Baby Tarpon and Snook rod from Ascension Bay to Belize to the backcountry waters of Florida. Heavyweight Bonefish rod for battling wind and large fish from Hawaii to the Keys. Bull Redfish rod from Louisiana to across the Gulf Coast. All-Around Striper rod, Maine to Montauk, surf casting to sand flats, tidal rips to blitzing bass.

    Light Caribbean Tarpon rod from Belize to Mexico or Tarpon averaging 30-60 lbs. Heavyweight Permit rod for Mexico, deeper water, stronger winds, and heavier flies. Heavyweight Redfish rod for windy conditions on the Gulf Coast and big Bull Redfish. Big flies and sink tips Striper rod, Maine to Montauk, heavy dredging, wind resistant poppers, rocky shorelines and heavy wash. All-Around Roosterfish rod for Baja Mexico.

    Model Line Size Length Handle Pieces Weight
    890-4 8 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt 4 113g
    990-4 9 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt 4 117g
    1090-4 10 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt 4 127g

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