Sage 490-4 X


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SKU: 2029-490-4


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Product Description

Sage 490-4 X Fly Rod

9’0″ 4-wt, 2 7/16 oz.        Unconditional Lifetime Warranty       Comes with high quality logoed aluminum case and partitioned cloth liner

Color Choice Notes:  This model is currently available in original Black Spruce as well as limited edition Tactical Green and Electric Teal.  See gallery photos for examples.  Note that Tactical Green comes with an anodized aluminum reel seat rather than a wood seat.

• KonneticHD Technology®
• Black Spruce blank color
• Dark Green thread wraps with Metallic Grey trim wraps
• Fuji ceramic stripper guides
• Hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
• Freshwater 3 – 6 weights: Vera wood insert with Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat, Flor grade snub nosed half-wells cork handle

• Saltwater 5-10 weights: Stealth Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat, integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat
Flor quality full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt

• Laser etched line weight on slide band
• Black rod bag with Titanium logo and Black Spruce model tag
• Powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion (case color varies per rod color)
• Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA


  1. Sage 490-4 X: Very light in hand, the 490-4 X needs a slightly heavier line with a long head, like the Rio Gold, to load into the mid section and smooth out the casting action. Stiffer than most rods in the series, the 490-4 flex has some imperfections in its casting profile that translate to a slightly lumpy feel when casting with a light line, like the Rio Perception. This rod will catch every fish In the river, but I preferred the pure casting feel of the 486-4 and 590-4 X.

    Lines: The Rio Gold is by far my favorite line on this rod.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. Faster and more off the tip than the 486. It wasn’t quite as “touchy” as I like my 4 weights to be and it didn’t have the magic wand feel that the 590 has, but overall a very impressive fast 4 weight. This is the rod in the lineup for the guys who are really bummed out about the One rod going away. Not quite as fast as the One 490, but more One-like than the other models. It needs a slightly heavier line but not a 5 weight.

    Richard Post (The Telluride Angler)
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