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March 21, 2022 3 min read

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.

Effortless Energy Transfer and More Connected Feel
Maximized Versatility & Control
Made to Fish, Not Just Cast

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

3wt - 6wt
Sustainable Ziricote wood insert with anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
Premium Flor grade snub-nose half-wells cork handle

5wt - 9wt
Corrosion resistant anodized aluminum reel seat
Premium Flor grade full-wells cork handle with cork/EVA fighting butt
Integrated “hidden” reel seat hook keeper

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.

Paul Snowbeck
Paul Snowbeck

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