Sage R8 Core
For most of us, an idyllic day on the water is not when we’re thinking more, but when we’re thinking less.
Finding that state of fishing in the moment, where instinct and experience bring us to an almost zen-like awareness of each subtle motion and movement – that’s what the Sage R8 is all about.
It’s not a race or a competition, but a state we all aim to reach out on the water.
With R8 technology Sage enhances that two-way connection from hand to fly and back for greater feel, flow and control.
T R U E C O N N E C T I O N T H R O U G H M A T E R I A L I N N O V A T I O N
H E I G H T E N E D F I S H I N G E X P E R I E N C E
E F F O R T L E S S E N E R G Y T R A N S F E R
Sage has increased the purity of graphite in the rod for even more reactivity and sensitivity, resulting in a true two-way connection that returns greater feedback from the fly to the hand. Rather than dialing up parking lot distance, Sage has shifted the thinking back to the roots of rhythm and awareness – where you can feel the energy transfer happening in each moment.
A true hand-to-rod connection.
T A P E R
More progressive dimensional tapers create both a stronger, stiffer backbone and a more heightened feel all the way to the tip of the rod.
S W E E T S P O T
Elongated energy transfer shifts the sweet spot closer to the hand creating a more natural
extension of your arm for greater range, quicker reactivity and less wasted effort.
F E E D B A C K
The R8 rods’ amplified, two-way feedback loop due to Sage’s new axial fibre formulation allows you to feel when the power needs to be applied throughout the cast, presentation and when applying the appropriate pressure to fish.
M A D E T O F I S H , N O T J U S T C A S T
F E E L
Sage increased the purity of graphite in the rod for even more reactivity and sensitivity, resulting in a true two-way connection that returns greater feedback from the fly to the hand.
F L O W
Rather than dialing up parking lot distance, Sage shifted the thinking back to the roots of rhythm and awareness – where you can feel the energy transfer happening in each moment.
C O N T R O L
Sage’s new axial fibre formulation allows you to feel when the power needs to be applied throughout the cast, presentation, and when applying the appropriate pressure to fish.
M E N D I N G
With feel that extends to the smallest dry flies, R8 provides the touch to deliver efficient mends with intention and precision.
S E T T I N G
From subtle sips to streamer strikes, the amplified sensitivity of R8 enables fine nibble
feel that triggers instant, instinctual reaction for trout sets or strip sets.
F I G H T I N G
With a fish on, R8’s fusion of stronger backbone yet greater feel enables you
to control your fish, even from tough structure, with touch and care.
Sage’s vision – maximized versatility
R8 CORE is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary material technology through Sage’s forward-thinking lens of what you’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.
D R Y F L Y
A fast action provides the capability to stay tight to the line and in control of the presentation, while the high line speed drives a tight loop that assists in laser accuracy in technical dry fly situations. With the ability to handle floating lines with long heads, increasing loop control when carrying long lengths and making precise casts to rising fish, all the while making it easier to turn over long leaders for technical feeders at range.
N Y M P H I N G
With a sensitive tip section to protect light tippets, a versatile balance between lifting power and delicacy provides perfect synergy for nymph fishing. This is a very effective tool for anglers that fish nymphs and indicators wading or out of a boat. With a combination of power and feel, R8 CORE allows for intuitively better cast timing, easier line lifts and sharp, precise mends leading to faster reaction times when setting the hook.
S T R E A M E R S
A powerful butt section easily throws a wide range of streamers and accommodates a full lineup of sinking tip lines while also quickly pulling aggressive fish out of structure for increased landing success. The powerful butt section of the R8 CORE provides stability, connectedness, and power to rock and fire those one-shot casts.
The R8 CORE’s sliver pine cosmetics – an evolution of the Sage green palette – takes on the natural energy of its environment and surroundings out on the water. Both modern and classic at the same time. In addition, the R8 CORE features an up-locking reel seat, Flor grade cork handle, and trusted Fuji ceramic stripping guide with hard chromed snake guides and tip top. Rounded out with a premium aluminium rod tube and all new rod bag with quick tie cord lock for easy packing, the R8 CORE has the finest component and feature set of any Sage rod to date.
– Revolution 8 Technology
– Silver Pine blank colour
– 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 quick-tie cord lock for faster, easier and cleaner storage
– Aluminium rod tube with Sage medallion
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