Sage 990-4 R8 Core


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SKU: sag-r8c-9904

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Product Description

Sage 990-4  R8 Core Fly Rod

9’0″ 9-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. In the X Series, the high line class rods were “saltwater style,” designed for knifing into the wind with tight loops and relatively small flies. The #8 and #9 in this series are designed to carry a heavier load more slowly. Fish these rods with meat flies, whether in Alaska or somewhere in pike/musky country. Like the R8 Core 890-4, the 990-4 is an easy caster with just about any line, but you can’t stab cast it like the Igniter or horse the butt section like a Salt HD. Choose this model for freshwater or a fresh-salt crossover. I found it to be equally capable with both freshwater and saltwater fly lines, but a heavy headed freshwater line such as an SA Titan or Rio Predator would probably be my first choice on the water.

    John Duncan (Telluride Angler)
  2. This is a very specific fly rod that not many folks would think to look at. It is designed as a freshwater 9wt. Traditionally most folks will reach for a saltwater 9wt for their freshwater applications. The advantage of a freshwater specific rod is that they tend to be a bit lighter and not as “over-built” as saltwater rods. When you’re fishing in freshwater you don’t need rods that are built for harsher environments like saltwater. The 990/4 R8 Core is a rod that will be great for chasing pike and other freshwater critters in a similar size class.

    Parker Thompson (Telluride Angler)
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