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Sage Foundation 990-4 Fly Rod Outfit : 9wt 9'0"
    Sage Foundation 990-4 Fly Rod Outfit : 9wt 9'0"
    Purchase Sage Foundation 990-4 Fly Rod Outfit : 9wt 9'0"
    • SKU: 2035K-990-4
      Sage Foundation 990-4 Fly Rod Outfit : 9wt 9'0"

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    • $575.00

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    Sage Foundation Fly Rod Outfits include the Sage Foundation Fly Rod, Sage Spectrum C Fly Reel, premium RIO Grand floating fly line, Dacron backing, RIO Tapered Leader, and Sage cordura rod tube. All Sage Foundation Fly Rod Outfits are shipped professionally loaded and ready to fish...just tie on a fly!

    Sage Foundation fly rods are without question, the best value in a USA made, high-performance fly rod. You will be amazed at how beautifully smooth these rods cast. If you‰۪ve been thinking about stepping up to a Sage rod, your decision just became much easier. Sage Foundation will change the way you look at affordability vs. performance. The Foundation 9wt 9'0" is the perfect choice for largemouth bass, steelhead, streamer fishing big browns, saltwater flats bonefish and permit, and backcountry redfish.

    Sage Foundation is built on a high-performance Graphite IIIe blank, delivering a smooth, crisp medium-fast action that will suit most casting styles. The rod loads deep, providing excellent casting power and effortless control. It‰ is the very foundation of what defines a Sage rod; performance and taking your game to another level. Whether you are a guide on the Madison or exploring your backyard waters, the Foundation rods deliver the signature Sage feel. For over 35 years Sage has built performance rods one at a time on Bainbridge Island, WA. The same 27 sets of skilled hands that craft all Sage rods construct each Foundation fly rod.


    • Smooth, crisp medium-fast Graphite IIIe Technology
    • Stealth black finish with black primary wraps and silver trim wraps
    • Ceramic stripper guides; hard chrome snake guides and tip-top
    • Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
    • Premium snub nose cork handle with fighting butt handle
    • Sage black nylon rod tube with divided liner
    • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA
    • Backed by the Sage Lifetime Warranty


    The new Sage Spectrum C Fly Reel is attractive, durable, and powerful. Spectrum C reels feature a proven, completely sealed, carbon fiber disc drag system that is smooth and powerful, with the ability to put the brakes on big species like bass, steelhead, bonefish, and salmon. These lightweight reels are beautifully designed, and offer anglers a tough, durable Sage reel at an entry level price. 

    Spectrum C reels use next generation, die-cast technology followed by CNC machining to reduce weight and create a unique, attractive frame and spool. These reels are then powder coated with an advanced polymer to create a 'tough as nails' finish that resists scratches, dents, and saltwater corrosion. An oversized, machined, and anodized one-revolution drag knob makes on the fly drag adjustments easy, and the fully machined, anodized, ergonomic reel handle improves grip and comfort. 

    These reels have a large arbor and concave spool which produces fast line pick up, while increasing strength and backing capacity. Spectrum C reels easily convert from left to right hand retrieve and include a Sage embroidered ballistic nylon reel pouch for safe storage. Sage Spectrum reels are a best performance value and will provide years of flawless performance.


    • Powerful, smooth, completely sealed carbon drag system 
    • Large arbor design for faster line pick up
    • Concave spool for greater strength and backing capacity
    • Oversized, machined one revolution drag knob for easy drag adjustments
    • Ergonomic, machined aluminum reel handle
    • Powder coated hard finish for durability and corrosion resistance
    • Easy conversion from left to right hand retrieve
    • Neoprene, embroidered Sage ballistic nylon reel case



    The RIO Gold has been the go-to trout line around the world for many years, and for a multitude of fly fishers. The line has a long head and back taper that give casters total line control and stability at range - whether casting or mending. The unique profile is designed to load a fly rod at close range, and has a front taper that delivers perfect presentation of flies between sizes #22 and #2. 

    RIO enhanced the performance of this wonderful trout line by building it with SlickCast - RIO's proprietary coating technology. SlickCast creates the slickest, most durable fly lines on the market. Lab tests show that lines built with SlickCast have the least amount of friction ever measured in a fly line. The RIO Gold is the ultimate all round, floating line for the trout fly fisher.




    • Versatile, performance freshwater line for all situations
    • Incredible loop stability at long distances
    • Loads rods at close range for shorter distance casting
    • Agent X, MaxCast, and MaxFloatTip Technologies to maximize performance
    • XS Technology for a super slick coating shoots line further
    • Dual Tone color for visual reference point
    • Welded front and rear loops for fast rigging and leader changes
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    5.00/5 Stars out of 3 Reviews
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    Excellent Service and Quality
    GARY VOIROL (Indiana) | September 30th, 2020
    I purchased this product as a gift for my older brother's retirement. The SAGE name has always represented quality. I have owned a SAGE rod and reel myself now for more than 10 years and felt it would be a great choice for him too. The selection, ordering and delivery by REELFLYROD went off without a single hitch....everything was perfect. The rod will be used in a week from now in Michigan. We will be river fishing for some large coho and chinook. We love the 4 piece design as it makes it easy to pack. The added Rio Gold line and backing was also a bonus on this set up. The reel is beautiful and the larger spool and quick drag function will be so much easier to use than some of the small dial functions on other types. Looking forward to decades of fun!!! I give this product a 5 star rating!
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    Quality outfit; Great service
    Ben C. (NH) | July 21st, 2020
    I ordered this outfit primarily to fish the flats, but also to target other large species. Per a typo in the item description, I received my outfit with a line that I was not expecting. I emailed ReelFlyRod and they sent me the line I had expected promptly, at no additional cost. The line I was expecting loads the rod better and allows less false casting, however, I also fished the setup with the Rio Gold line which casts long and works at a variety of distances. The cork handle of the rod showed voids after the first time I used it (I did fish for quite a few hours), but I filled the voids and sealed the handle. I have not had this issue since sealing the handle. The reel has handled some big fish, one striper bringing me a couple yards into my backing. The rod fights fish well, and the 9/10 size reel is nice. I am happy with how the rod casts - it is not quite as fast as other Sage rods, but it is still quick enough to pick up 40yds of floating line with a water haul and cast in the wind. I wish the rod had alignment dots, and some may wish the rod had a hook keeper, albeit the reel seat has a couple small hook-point sized holes that hold flies well. Overall, a great value rod and reel for someone like myself, who avidly trout fishes year-round but targets larger fish under the right conditions. I would consider myself an advanced fly fisherman and this rod does not disappoint. I have cast other rods in the same price point, finding they do not dampen at the same reasonably-quick rate. With a good double haul you can cast a full fly line with this rod, and I would definitely recommend the outfit. I like the matte finish on the blank also - I think it was a first for Sage on this rod.
    Verified Buyer
    Incredible value
    Louis DeWild | February 23rd, 2020
    I used this rod on a trip with a friend. We shared a flats boat and shared rods. His rod was over twice the cost and we both agreed there was little if any performance difference casting. Drag was smooth and easy to adjust for for large, hard fighting saltwater fish. I really liked the multicolored line to help gauge distance.