Sage 896-4 X


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SKU: 2029-896-4

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Product Description

Sage 896-4 X Fly Rod    (Full Wells Grip, anodized reel seat and fighting butt)

9’6″ 8-wt, 3 5/8 oz.        Unconditional Lifetime Warranty       Comes with high quality logoed aluminum case and partitioned cloth liner

• 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
• Evergreen powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion
• Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA


  1. 896-4 X: One of my 3 favorites in the series, I would place the 896-4 X in the top 20 fly rods I have ever cast. It swings like a 9’ rod and throws even tighter loops, but with 10 feet more distance. Some rods transmit feel in every inch of the tip, but these are rarely 8-weights. The rod casts with the calm of a sleeping tiger, but when the angler gives it a little pop, it might produce the longest cast of your angling career. This is an astounding fly rod.

    Line pairings: SA MPX Amplitude, Rio InTouch Gold, SA Mastery Distance Taper, SA Mastery Steelhead, RIO InTouch Salmon/Steelhead, Rio InTouch Indicator, Rio and SA Bonefish lines, SA Sonar Intermediate Saltwater

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. This rod was one of my favorite X rods and was one of the best fly rods I’ve ever cast. Line control was supernatural. Line speed, loop shape, stability carrying line through the air, distance, touch, power, accuracy are all things that were running through my mind and casting arm while I had this thing in my hand. A stunning rod to cast. For a rod of this line weight and length it remained supple and light in the hand and had this unreal feeling in the tip that carried into the loop. Distance was comical. The rod easily carried 75 feet of line in the air and could shoot line from 30 – 90 feet on command. Take notice of this fly rod, there is something timeless and special about this stick.

    Richard Post (The Telluride Angler)
  3. Hi guys, the new rod did great! Thanks for your recommendation and setting me up. First day out with it on a winter steelhead float on the Kalama in SW Washington , it was ungainly throwing an indicator, split shot, and a two fly rig – but the X threw it as well as could be expected. At the end of the day I cut the mess off and just spent some time really hucking the line and leader without a fly, and it was super fun; everything you guys praise about the simple casting ability of this rod seems true to me. From a day spent fishing and fighting steelhead, all day It felt WAY more like a nine footer than a ten footer, I would never have guessed it had the extra six inches than I’m used to on most of my other rods. It feels light in the hand for a heavy rod but also felt like a willing and capable tool when fighting a fish. I was able to press and really work a couple of my fish pretty hard when I wanted but it never felt like I was putting my tippet in danger. The rod has an authoritative sturdiness through the lower end, coupled with what felt like the right amount of give and softness in the tip when those steelies started tearing off line. So between great casting chops and the ability to handle tough steelhead, I see many years of landed fish with this rod!

    Scott Merle
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