Sage 890-4 R8 Core


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SKU: sag-r8c-8904

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Product Description

Sage 890-4  R8 Core Fly Rod

9’0″ 8-wt, 4-piece rod with anodized aluminum reel seat and fighting butt
Comes with a case and liner
Unconditional Lifetime Warranty

  • Revolution 8 Technology
  • Silver Pine blank color
  • Slate primary wrap colors with graduated white and grey trim
  • Fuji ceramic stripping guides with hard chrome snake guides and tip top
  • Black rod bag with new cord lock for quicker, easier, cleaner storage
  • Aluminum rod tube with Sage logo medallion
  • 3-6 wt:  sustainable Ziricote wood insert with anodized uplocking aluminum real seat
  • 3-6 wt:  premium flor grade snub-nosed half-Wells grip
  • 5-9 wt:  corrosion-resistant anodized aluminum reel seat
  • 5-9 wt (all models with a fighting butt):  premium Flor grade full Wells grip with EVA fighting butt


  1. By modern standards, this would be considered a “medium fast” 8-weight, the purposes for which are both narrow and broad. The tip is stiff enough to force it into the mid and butt section on all casts, but it’s an easy swinger well suited for salmon fishing and other applications where a 9’ #8 bonefish rod is just too stiff for the nuances of freshwater fishing. I wouldn’t choose this model for flats fishing, but I like it for heavy bass, salmon and pike. This is a fine Alaska rod or crossover saltwater-freshwater model, which are increasingly rare. It casts a Rio Elite Bonefish line reasonably well, but I expect it will get more reps with freshwater lines such as the Rio Gold, SA MPX, SA Titan, Rio Predator and the range of sink tips customary for Alaska and similar environments.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. The 890/4 R8 Core is very much a freshwater style 8wt rod. It is not as stiff or powerful as most saltwater 8wt rods and doesn’t have the beefy components either. It doesn’t have the utilitarian feel that most 8wt rods have, but that’s also not the intended purpose of this fly rod. This rod will be happy chasing species like salmon, pike, bass, and even large trout. As far as floating fly lines go, the Rio Elite Gold, SA Amplitude Smooth Titan Long, and SA Amplitude Anadro will all be good bets. If you need a sink tip line the Rio Elite Predator lines pair well.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
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