Sage SALT R8 Saltwater Fly Rod


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Revolution 8 Technology

Tempest Blue blank color

Slate primary thread wraps with graduated White and Grey trim

Titanium Fuji K-Guide ceramic stripper guides with oversized hard chromed snake guides and tip-top

Laser etched line weight on slide band

Black rod bag with new quick-tie cord lock for faster, easier, and cleaner storage

Aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

Premium Flor grade full-wells cork handle with EVA fighting butt

Heavy-Duty anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat with Integrated hidden hook keeper in reel seat




Most salt rods are built for pure power and ultimate strength—that is table stakes for the venue and the discipline. With our new R8 graphite, adding 25% more strength-per-weight was the easy part—a simple function of material advancement—but one that also increased the fight in the rod even down to our six-weight. We increased the pure pulling power without the need to add more material, fillers or reinforcement. The outcome is simple, providing the ability for faster landing times and reducing fish stress and catch-and-release pressure on ever so delicate ecosystems.


More strength and fight were an obvious upgrade, yet few salt rods, especially in the heavier weights, achieve the importance of feel for fine touch shots and precise presentations. Shaping a taper that brought this increased touch into the equation took more time. Yet after a long residence in the birthplace of saltwater fly fishing, and working directly with the experienced guides there, our rod designers found the right profile and fiber alignment that delivered strength, fine touch presentation, and a more intuitive sweet spot to a class of rods that have long had a reputation as unwieldy, unforgiving and difficult. With the SALT R8, gone are the days of sacrificing the feel and touch in your saltwater rod.


Advanced nano-sintered resin application and a more resilient axial fiber allow us to re-profile the dimensional taper to get thicker quicker from tip to butt - resulting in better energy transfer and greater feel. Simply put - a better and more efficient "wiring" of energy.

Model Line Size Rod Length Handle Color Pieces Physical Weight SKU
SALT R8 690-4 6 9'0" Slim Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt Tempest Blue 4 3 5/8oz 2055-690-4
SALT R8 790-4 7 9'0" Slim Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt Tempest Blue 4 3 13/16oz 2055-790-4
SALT R8 890-4 8 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt Tempest Blue 4 4oz 2055-890-4
SALT R8 990-4 9 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt Tempest Blue 4 4 1/8oz 2055-990-4
SALT R8 1090-4 10 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt Tempest Blue 4 4 1/2oz 2055-1090-4
SALT R8 1190-4 11 9'0" Full-Wells With Eva Fighting Butt Tempest Blue 4 5oz 2055-1190-4


We’re not a big faceless factory, but rather a workplace of craftspeople who design and build the world’s best fly rods and reels using our hands and hearts. We do it by sharing ideas and always asking the next question to find what can be done to make this better. Our rods are built one at time right here on Bainbridge Island, WA, following hundreds of meticulous steps and passing through 23 sets of hands. We’re out there fishing the same places in the same unforgiving conditions that you are. Craftsmanship is applied experience. Lifetimes of it.