Big fish, big fly. While not always the case, this rule does ring true for many warmwater and saltwater fisheries with anglers casting larger flies than ever before. With a powerful but comfortable casting action, the new PAYLOAD series of rods are designed to help anglers cast those heavy lines and big flies more effectively. Whether launching a double-articulated streamer to the far bank with the 689-4 or dredging the Sacramento Delta with the 989-4, anglers will notice how easy it is to hurl a heavy line and big fly with the PAYLOAD.
Featuring a fast action for casting large flies and very powerful tip to help pick up heavy lines off the water, the PAYLOAD is tuned for the extreme. These powerful mid sections then transition to a more forgiving butt that allows for a slower and more relaxed casting stroke that reduces fatigue. This softer butt section also allows for more leverage while fighting fish, making it easier to gain ground on hard fighting species. The slightly shorter lengths offer a more effortless cast through a shorter lever and is better for landing fish out of a boat over a traditional 9’0” rod.
|689-4||Grains: 200 - 230gr||8'9"||6+||Trout streamer rod and light duty saltwater||Trout streamers and light duty bass bugs|
|789-4||Grains: 230 - 270gr||8'9"||7+||Perfect for light duty smallmouth fishing or banging the banks in search of carnivorous trout||Boogle bugs to large trout streamers|
|889-4||Grains: 270 - 320gr||8'9"||8+||A great all-around tool for smallmouth bass, striped bass, and saltwater species such as snook||Murdich Minnows, flashtail clouser minnows, whistlers, general baitfish patterns, and poppers|
|989-4||Grains: 320 - 370gr||8'9"||9+||Versatile rod for pike, largemouth bass, larger striped bass, and other saltwater species||Pike flies, large poppers, and large baitfish|
|1090-4||Grains: 370 - 420gr||9'||10+||This rod is targeted towards serious pike/musky fisheries and other assorted fisheries involving large predatory species||Pike flies up to 12"|
|1193-4||Grains: 420 - 480gr||9'3"||11+||This rod is targeted towards serious musky fisheries and other assorted fisheries involving large predatory species||Musky flies 12"+|
I purchased this rod to fit the very specific demands of throwing streamers for trout, I use it for nothing else paired with a 6 weight SA Titan 6 IPS sink tip. This rod has no problem throwing large, articulated streamers, and even double streamers if I wanted to. It shoots line effortlessly and as designed, rarely requires any sort of false casting to dump line out quickly and reach the target. While the rod is extremely powerful it seemed surprisingly soft around the middle of the rod, but not so much at the tip and butt section, this took some time to get used to and I found myself adjusting a bit for this (although I was relatively new to dedicated streamer fishing, this took a couple trips to get my casting stroke accustomed to). It is a beautiful rod as well, but I wish there was some more contrast between the black coloring and the lettering for the branding. Otherwise, after getting some used to.. this rod will serve as my streamer rod for a long time.
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Recently I convinced myself I “needed” a versatile rod for my new hobby, chasing bass , salt-water fly fishing in the gulf and throwing at giant trout eating on streamers.Without tipping my hand, Tucker and Jack of Trouts came to the same conclusion as I did.The Sage PAYLOAD 7-wt 8’9” rod is made specifically to throw large flies at large fish with both strength and touch.The bronze lettering on dark chocolate glass is a beautiful combination.What sealed the deal was its ability to be used in both fresh and salt water scenarios.All that was left was to test it on the water.I was in such a hurry to fish I went straight to Washington Park.As soon I tied on a large frog pattern I saw rises all over the place!Quickly I began to get a feel for the PAYLOAD.Its unique length and power definitely gives a fisherman confidence in his distance.Equally important, I found that it didn’t sacrifice touch.I was able to drop the frog 25-plus yards out, in between the narrow channels of the algae islands with ease.As I stripped the line a bass came up and slurped the frog under the water and I hooked the muscular monster.The PAYLOAD handled the weight beautifully as I never felt over-matched.I quickly reeled it in and landed my first Colorado bass, easily a 3-4 pounder.The only request I would have for Sage would have been to build in an eyelet to hook my fly on near the cork handle. Sage and their years of perfection-seeking work left little to be desired.