The Sage R8 Core Rod 8wt 9'6" is the best model for heavy freshwater like steelhead or salmon to the perfect model for bonefish, permit, or smaller redfish. The longer 9'6" version will give you more power and control on roll casting or mending while on the water which has been found as a need for lots of steelhead anglers. If you are fishing from a boat, the added length also helps with casting larger streamers.
R8 CORE is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary material technology through our forward-thinking lens of what we’re seeing out on the water, where one rod needs to show even greater 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 us—from habitats we stalk and waters we frequent, to the flies we fish and the diversity of species we now target.
The R8 Core features a new pattern of woven carbon fiber that allowed Sage to impart more of their proprietary resin into the blank. The result of this new pattern means that the rod is stronger farther up the blank than competitors. The combination of the new carbon fiber pattern and more resin makes the rod incredibly light in hand while not sacrificing any strength in the top 1/3rd of the rod. The new Revolution 8 Technology makes the R8 one of the most technologically advanced rods on the market. The R8 is finished with a dark olive blank, grey primary guide wraps with a handsome gradient grey-to-white tipping.
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
Sustainable Ziricote wood insert with anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat