Introducing the new Sage R8 Core Fly Rods. The Fin & Fire staff had the privilege of casting the 9 foot 4, 5, 6 and 8 weights today. The R8 Core rods from Sage are as fine a casting rod as they are beautiful. There's no doubt this new series will be admired for years. Replacing the highly regarded Sage X, these flagship rods are going to be one of the hottest new releases in 2022. List price is $1,050 and will start shipping April 5th from Fin & Fire.
The all new Sage R8 Core Fly Rod is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary 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 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.
COMPLETE CONTROL Effortless Energy Transfer and More Connected Feel Maximized Versatility & Control Made to Fish, Not Just Cast
FEATURES 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 Black rod bag with new cord lock for quicker, easier, and cleaner storage Aluminium rod tube with Sage medallion
Rod Performance Design Thinking At its core 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. Nymphing With a sensitive tip section to pro tect 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. Streamers 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.
Maximum control Feel Greater circumferential strength, an advanced nano-sintered resin application and a more resilient axial fiber allow us to re-profile the dimensional taper to get thicker quicker from tip to butt. Flow We’ve increased the purity of graphite in the rod for even more reactivity and sensitivity, resulting in a true two-way connection that returns greater feedback from the fly to the hand. Control Rather than dialing up parking lot distance, we’ve slowed it down to the roots of rhythm and awareness—where you can feel the energy transfer happening in each moment.
Made to fish, not just cast Mending With feel that extends to the smallest dry flies, R8 provides the touch to deliver efficient mends with intention and precision. Setting 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. Fighting 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. Effortless energy transfer and more connected feel Taper More progressive dimensional taper creates both a stronger, stiffer backbone and a more heightened feel all the way to the tip of the rod. Sweet Spot Shifted sweet spot creates a more natural extension of your arm and delivers a more efficient transfer of energy resulting in less wasted effort. Feedback Amplified two-way feedback loop due to our new axial fiber formulation allows you to feel when the power needs to be applied throughout the cast, presentation and when applying the appropriate pressure to fish.