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New Sage R8 CORE Fly Rods

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

(From Sage/Farbank):

Sage Introduces Revolutionary New Graphite Technology & CORE Rod Family

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (March 29, 2022) –

Sage has always been at the forefront of material advancement in the fly rod space, and in 2022 Sage is positioned to do it again, this time with Revolution 8 Technology. “R8” Technology is the culmination of over forty years of perfecting fly rod performance and 8 breakthroughs in material compositions. Since the introduction of Sage’s Graphite IIIe technology and the XP series, all subsequent materials have featured resin improvements, composite improvements, and fiber alignment improvements - now after twenty-two years, Sage introduces two completely new carbon fibers, truly revolutionizing fly rod materials once again.

The increased purity of graphite in the rod results in even more reactivity and sensitivity, shifting energy further down the blank and into the handle. This transfer of energy creates a more natural extension of one’s arm, ultimately resulting in less wasted effort and intuitive reactivity. Rather than dialing up parking lot distance, Sage has shifted the thinking back to the roots of rhythm and awareness—where anglers can experience the energy happening in each moment - ultimately providing a heightened fishing experience and Complete Control.

As Steve Greist, Sage materials guru since 1980 describes it, “Our technologies have not just been fiber or resin or material, it’s also our ability to shape and tune a precision rod due to our understanding of culture, application, and end use.”

Applying this new revolutionary material technology through a forward-thinking lens of what’s happening out on the water, Sage introduces R8 CORE - a rod family focused on maximum versatility, where one rod needs to show the greatest range. At its core, R8 CORE traces a direct lineage to Sage’s multi-application vision, one shaped by the fishing evolutions happening all around anglers - from the habitats they stalk and the waters they frequent, to the flies they fish and the diversity of species they now target.

Sage Fly Rod Designer, Paul Schmierer, sums up Sage’s philosophy for R8 CORE best, “You shouldn’t be on a beautiful river focused on the technology that is in your rod. You shouldn’t be fighting your rod. You should be focused on catching a fish or on having a good time or on where you are - that’s what R8 CORE is all about. It’s not a race or a competition, but a state we all aim to reach out on the water.”

Available in a number of multi-application models from 3 weight to 9 weight, there is sure to be a go-to tool to fit every angler’s core pursuits. For more information on Revolution 8 technology and R8 CORE, visit


  • Multi-Application Fast Action

  • Revolution 8 Technology

  • Silver Pine blank color

  • Slate primary thread wraps with graduated White and Grey trim

  • Fuji ceramic stripper guides with hard chromed snake guides and tip-top

  • Black rod bag with new cord lock for quicker, easier, and cleaner storage

  • Aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

  • 3wt-6wt feature a sustainable Ziricote wood insert with anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat and Premium Flor grade snub-nose half-wells cork handle

  • 5wt-9wt feature a corrosion resistant anodized aluminum reel seat with integrated “hidden” reel seat hook keeper and Premium Flor grade full-wells cork handle with cork/EVA fighting butt

MSRP : $1050

MODELS // 390-4 / 486-4 / 490-4 / 4100-4 / 586-4 / 590-4 / 596-4FB / 5100-4FB / 690-4 / 690-4FB / 696-4FB / 6100-4FB / 790-4 / 796-4 / 7100-4 / 890-4 / 896-4 / 8100-4 / 990-4 /

*Available April 5th*

About Sage:

Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind—to build the world's finest performance fly rods. From the start, Sage has maintained that singular focus on delivering the finest performance fly fishing rods, reels, and equipment to the avid angler. We are a company of passionate anglers and craftsmen, continually seeking performance advantages through new materials, designs, and engagement with the fly fishing community. We fly fish. You can feel our passion for fly fishing in everything we do. For more information, please visit Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.

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