Multiple Application / Fast Action with true connection through material innovation
For most of us, an idyllic day on the water is not when we’re thinking more, but when we’re thinking less. Finding that state of fishing in the moment, where instinct and experience bring us to an almost zen-like awareness of each subtle motion and movement—that’s what R8 CORE is all about. It’s not a race or a competition, but a state we all aim to reach out on the water. With R8 CORE we enhance that two-way connection from hand to fly and back for greater feel, flow and control. This 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 - ultimately giving you the angler Complete Control.
R8 CORE 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, the 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
Aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion
3wt - 6wt
Sustainable Ziricote wood insert with anodized aluminum up-locking 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 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. 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.