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Sage R8 Saltwater Collection

While saltwater locales often move slower, the fishing is faster, the pressure more intense and the variables more variable. From wind, weather and tides to spooky fish, seasonal migrations and salty guides, it’s a different game with a different set of rules in venues that range from tournaments and Grand Slam flats to legendary bonefish lodges and hushed redfish beaches. The shots are fewer, the stakes are higher and seconds matter in sight fishing. By the third false cast, your time—at least for that fish—has passed.

But more than just delivering a fly on demand, saltwater sight fisheries necessitate a different tool than what works for your standard trout stream. A rod that loads quickly and predictably, a sweet spot more intuitive to feel. More strength to land fish quicker and more touch for precision short shots. A more durable rod that is built to survive both long skiff runs and remote destinations - where broken rods are absolutely heartbreaking. A precisely honed taper that will ensure your fly is presented in the right place at the right time.

Most salt rods are built for pure power and ultimate strength—that is table stakes for the venue and the discipline. With our new R8 graphite, adding 25% more strength-perweight was the easy part—a simple function of material advancement—but one that also increased the fight in the rod even down to our six-weight. We 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 and reducing fish stress and catchand-release pressure 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 fiber 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 -  Greater Pulling power equals more fight for faster landing and less stress on delicate ecosystems
• Enhanced Durability - Enhanced toughness withstands more rugged situations and demands of remote travel • More Intuitive Sweet Spot - Prioritizes touch and speed for shorter shots and on-demand casts
• Saltwater Specific Guide Set - Fuji K-guides resist corrosion, while angled shape prevents snags and tangling in the chaos of the fight. Oversized chrome snake guides and tip-top allow larger slatwater knots to pass with ease.
• Heavy-Duty Reel Seat - Built for enhanced contact and confidence, heavy-duty reel seat and oversized locking rings keep reel tight to the rod for greater contact, rigidity, and a more dirrect connection when fighting powerful high-stakes fish

FEATURES

- Revolution 8 Technology
- Tempest Blue blank color
- Slate primary thread wraps with graduated White and Grey trim
- Premium Flor Grade Cork Handle w/EVA Butt
- Black rod bag with new cord lock for quicker, easier, and cleaner storage
- Aluminium rod tube with Sage medallion

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 690-4 - 9' 6wt 4pc

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    Ultralight Bonefish for dead calm conditions or super skinny water and tight quarters to the Beaches and Sounds of the Pacific Northwest for All-Ar...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 790-4 - 9' 7wt 4pc

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    Lightweight Bonefish rod for soft wind, light flies, and shallow water to Light-Duty Redfish rod for soft wind days inshore and on flood tides. 25...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 890-4 - 9' 8wt 4pc

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    All-Around Bonefish rod from the Bahamas, Christmas Island, Belize, Mexico, and The Florida Keys. All-Around Redfish rod from the Gulf Coast to t...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 990-4 - 9' 9wt 4pc

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    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 A...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 1090-4 - 9' 10wt 4pc

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    Light Caribbean Tarpon rod from Belize to Mexico or Tarpon averaging 30-60 lbs. Heavyweight Permit rod for Mexico, deeper water, stronger winds, an...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 1190-4 - 9' 11wt 4pc

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    Go-to South Florida Tarpon rod and Tarpon averaging 50-150 lbs, lighter tarpon flies and softer/quicker presentations. 25% Greater Strength Per Ro...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 1290-4FG - 9' 12wt 4pc Fighting Grip

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    All-Around GT rod for Christmas Island and across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Midweight Bluewater rod for mid-sized Billfish and Tuna. 25% Grea...

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 1290-4 - 9' 12wt 4pc

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    Sage R8 Salt Fly Rod 1586-4 - 8'6" 15wt 4pc

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    Heavyweight Bluewater rod for large Bluewater species from Billfish to Tuna. 25% Greater Strength Per Rod More Intuitive Sweet Spot and Touch Salt...

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    Sage Enforcer Fly Reel 7-8wt

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    Sage ENFORCER has been updated and fine-tuned for the power, reliability, and durability needs of the saltwater flats angler. Designed with peak pe...

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    Sage Enforcer Fly Reel 9-10wt

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    Sage ENFORCER has been updated and fine-tuned for the power, reliability, and durability needs of the saltwater flats angler. Designed with peak pe...

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    Sage Enforcer Fly Reel 11-12wt

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    Sage ENFORCER has been updated and fine-tuned for the power, reliability, and durability needs of the saltwater flats angler. Designed with peak pe...

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