Sage 890-4 Maverick


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SKU: sag-mav-8904

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Product Description

Sage 890-4 Maverick Saltwater Fly Rod

9’0″ 8-wt, 4.0 oz, 4-piece

  • Konnetic Technology
  • Pacific Blue blank color
  • Oversized Fuji ceramic stripping guides and oversized hard chrome snake guides
  • Matte Slate anodized corrosion-free reel seat with double uplocking rings
  • Super Plus full-wells cork handle
  • Rod tube:  powder coated matte black aluminum case with Sage logo medallion
  • Hand crafted on Bainbridge Island
  • Sage Lifetime Warranty


  1. This is another “saltwater rod” that has a niche trout purpose. I bought this rod to dredge deep cuts and holes on a unique river with heavy fish. I am running a SA Sonar Titan S3/S5/S7 on it for this purpose. I initially bought a different 8 wt for this purpose, which may be one of the finest flats rods available, but it did not have the backbone I needed to pick up that heavy of a sinking line. I realize that this is a tall order, but the Maverick does it without batting an eye. To me the tip fells faster with a more flexible mid-section (compared to the Igniter which is stiffer overall, but a “softer” tip) so this also helps open up casting loops. This is especially helpful for heavy waterlogged articulated streamers. I mostly jig-strip on this rig, and do less jerk-stripping, but it does this fine as well. I don’t often use an 8 wt for trout, but when I do, the Maverick steps up to the plate ready to swing.
    I think another fun application to this rod would be Bull Trout, north of the border. Hybrid Stripers holding off a deep cut near the dam face…yes. Also, I really want to take this rod down to the White River in Arkansas (soon…) during wide open generation with a 330 grain Shovelhead. I think it would perform well for that purpose as well. Also, not a bad “backup” rod for a salt trip!

    Greg N
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