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SAGE R8 Core Fly Rods - Cigar Grip

SAGE R8 Core Fly Rods

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R8 Core is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary R8 material technology through our forward-thinking lens of what we're seeing out on the water - where one rod needs to show even greater range.

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SAGE R8 Core Fly Rods - the revolution


R8 Core is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary R8 material technology through our forward-thinking lens of what we're 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.

SAGE R8 Technology

R8 Technology

The advanced, leading-edge material behind R8 enables us to shape a rod with a stiffer, stronger backbone but a more sensitive tip and more connected feel. The secret is twofold. First, a proprietary aerospace composite with a greater hoop strength enables us to dimensionally grow taper diameter more quickly from the tip—while a nano-sintered resin application increases axial resilience and allows us to pack more fiber into the blank, resulting in that true two-way connection from hand to fly and back for greater feel, flow and control.

  • 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
  • Aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

3WT - 6WT

Premium Flor grade snub-nose half-wells cork handle
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

SAGE R8 Sweet Spot

Dry Fly

A fast action provides the capability to stay tight to the line and in control of the presentation, while the high line speed drives a tight loop that assists in laser accuracy in technical dry fly situations. With 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.


With a sensitive tip section to protect light tippets, a versatile balance between lifting power and delicacy provides perfect synergy for nymph fishing. A very effective tool for anglers that fish nymphs and indicators wading or out of a boat. With a combination of power and feel,R8 Core allows for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lifts and sharp, precise mends leading to faster reaction times when setting the hook.


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. The powerful butt section of the R8 CORE provides stability, connectedness, and power to rock and fire those one-shot casts.

SAGE R8 Axial Power

SAGE R8 Sweet Spot


With feel that extends to the smallest dry flies, R8 provides the touch to deliver efficient mends with intention and precision.


From subtle sips to streamer strikes, the amplified sensitivity of R8 enables fine nibble feel that triggers instant, instinctual reaction for trout sets or strip sets.


With a fish on, R8’s fusion of stronger backbone yet greater feel enables you to control your fish, even from tough structure, with touch and care.

SAGE R8 Made To Fish

Details per line class:

SAGE R8 Core - 390-4 #3 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 486-4 #4 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 490-4 #4 Fly Rod
A light and versatile trout rod, the 490-4 offers great line control without compromising accuracy. Best for dry flies and smaller nymphs.

SAGE R8 Core - 4100-4 #4 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 586-4 #4 Fly Rod
The 586-4 is great for wade fishing for trout. Extremely accurate and able to cast a wide variety of fly sizes and weights.

SAGE R8 Core - 590-4 #5 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 596-4 #5 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 5100-4 #5 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 690-4 #6 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 690-4 FB #6 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 696-4 FB #6 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 6100-4 FB #6 Fly Rod
The 6100-4FB offers incredible line control and power. All-water safe reel seat for beach fishing, or in big-river trout situations.

SAGE R8 Core - 790-4 #7 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 796-4 #7 Fly Rod
The 796-4 is a favorite of steelhead-indicator fishermen and Alaska trout anglers. Added length for mendability and line control.

SAGE R8 Core - 7100-4 #7 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 890-4 #8 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 896-4 #8 Fly Rod
For anglers fishing heavy, sinking lines or heavy, multiple-fly nymphing rigs to anadromous species, the 896-4 is the perfect choice.

SAGE R8 Core - 8100-4 #8 Fly Rod
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.

SAGE R8 Core - 990-4 #9 Fly Rod
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.


We’re not a big faceless factory, but rather a workplace of craftspeople who design and build the world’s best fly rods and reels using our hands and hearts. We do it by sharing ideas and always asking the next question to find what can be done to make this better. Our rods are built one at time right here on Bainbridge Island, WA, following hundreds of meticulous steps and passing through 23 sets of hands. We’re out there fishing the same places in the same unforgiving conditions that you are. Craftsmanship is applied experience. Lifetimes of it.

SAGE R8 - Complete Control

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