Sage 490-4 Trout LL


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SKU: 2042-490-4

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Sage 490-4 Trout LL Fly Rod

9’0″ 4-wt, 4-piece rod        Lifetime Warranty

  • Konnetic HD Technology
  • Mahogany blank color
  • Bronze primary thread wraps with gold trim
  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Hard chrome snake guides and tip top
  • Walnut wood insert with bronze uplocking seat
  • Super Plus snub nosed half Wells grip
  • Tan rod bag with brown logo and model tag
  • Brown colored powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion


  1. A magnificent caster with the balance of a superbly tuned fly rod, I would choose this rod over the 486-4 for long leaders and fishing in the 30-60′ range. A better tailwater dry fly rod would be hard to find. The feel when aerializing 30-40′ equals that of any 9′ 4-weight on the market, possessing a “springy” action uncommon in Sage rods. I didn’t want to put it down. The loop shape is consistent throughout its casting range with a wonderful combination of line speed, accuracy and control. The rod has plenty of guts for dry dropper fishing but still floats a dry fly with ideal presentation traits. With regard to fly lines, it casts both a Rio Gold and SA Trout Taper magnificently, but the very best match is the Rio InTouch Technical Trout line. The Gold naturally loads the rod a little deeper and is a better choice for dedicated dry-dropper fishing.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. This rod was truly a pleasure to cast and one to seriously consider in your 4 wt. arsenal. It has a great feel all around. Light in hand with super smooth transitioning. I’d say the action is medium to medium-fast, giving the caster the ability to really feel the rod load. It was precise in close and also has the power to lay out quite a bit of line. Personally, I really like the grip on these rods as well. The snub nosed half wells grip feels sweet in hand and I think even aids the casting stroke. I cast this rod with a Rio Gold line and liked the performance, though I wouldn’t be shy about an SA Trout Taper as well. Cast this rod. You won’t be disappointed.

    Jason Moshonas (Telluride Angler)
  3. From the moment I picked up this rod I knew I was holding something special. After I laid out the first cast I was convinced. I could almost hear Obi-Wan over my shoulder whispering in my ear, “This is the four weight you’ve been looking for.” Light in the hand, light through the casting stroke, rock steady stability and an improvement in every way over the MOD 490. The flex is more progressive while the action is still moderate with a perfect harmony between the tip, middle and butt section of the rod. Everything feels very smooth and finely tuned. At 15 feet the rod could be loaded lower down the blank with an easy confidence. Short casts found their mark repeatedly and with intuitive accuracy. At 30 feet this rod is a true dream and the sensation of a lovely cast unrolling runs from the tip of the rod to the heel of the caster’s hand. Loop shape was highly controllable, and the casts found their mark with a clear and crisp confidence. At 30 feet this rod is the personification of control with a 4-weight line. When you need to reach out a little further, rest assured that the Trout LL 490 can handle that long distance shot to a picky riser. Performance at 60 feet was superb and the rod seemed to close the distance, making 60 feet seem a lot shorter. I preferred the SA trout taper for longer range shots. The Gold was great at this distance, but the caster must feather the cast and apply power correctly to mitigate the extra weight in the front taper of that line. Go with the Gold for larger dries and dry dropper rigs. Stay with the Trout taper for technical dry fly work and longer leaders with small flies. The Trout LL 490 is a rod that strikes the perfect balance between a fast action 9 foot 4-weight that you would typically overline by a half line weight or more and a slow supple dry fly 4 weight that gets folded in the wind. The Trout LL 490 is exactly what I’m looking for in a 9 foot 4-weight.

    Richard Post (Telluride Angler)
  4. The first thought that went through my head when I initially cast this rod was how incredibly light and responsive it was. It threw wonderfully tight loops for a slightly slower rod. I, like many others, was a big fan of the 490 MOD, I thought it was an excellently smooth casting dry fly rod with surprising backbone. Sage has found a way to improve on an already stellar rod and make it truly spectacular. I cast this rod with both the Rio Gold and the Scientific Anglers Amplitude Trout. Though I enjoyed both lines on this rod, I would highly recommend considering the SA Trout taper as the go to line for this stick. This is a real contender for anyone that is looking for a modern action rod with a very traditional feel.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
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