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Sage PAYLOAD Fly Rod

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With a powerful but comfortable casting action, the new Sage PAYLOAD series of rods are designed to help anglers cast those heavy lines and big flies more effectively. 

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Product Description

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.



  • Tailored for casting large or wind resistant flies
  • Increased pick-up of heavy line offf the water
  • More leverage for fighting powerful fish


  • Konnetic Technology
  • Tannin blank color
  • Burgundy primary thread wraps with Bronze trim wraps
  • Tangle Free Fuji ceramic stripper guides
  • Oversized hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Heavy duty aluminum up-locking reel seat to withsand rugged enviroments
  • Super Plus full-wells cork handle
  • Cork composite fighting butt with extended 3” rear grip on the 10+ and 11+ sizes
  • Brown powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage Medallion


  • Warmwater: RIO DirectCore Jungle
  • Coldwater: RIO InTouch Striper 
  • Trout Streamer: RIO StreamerTip 
  • Pike / Musky: RIO InTouch Pike / Musky


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Size Chart

ModelGrain TargetLengthWeightDescriptionFlies
689-4Grains: 200 - 230gr8'9"6+Trout streamer rod and light duty saltwaterTrout streamers and light duty bass bugs
789-4Grains: 230 - 270gr8'9"7+Perfect for light duty smallmouth fishing or banging the banks in search of carnivorous troutBoogle bugs to large trout streamers
889-4Grains: 270 - 320gr8'9"8+A great all-around tool for smallmouth bass, striped bass, and saltwater species such as snookMurdich Minnows, flashtail clouser minnows, whistlers, general baitfish patterns, and poppers
989-4Grains: 320 - 370gr8'9"9+Versatile rod for pike, largemouth bass, larger striped bass, and other saltwater speciesPike flies, large poppers, and large baitfish
1090-4Grains: 370 - 420gr9'10+This rod is targeted towards serious pike/musky fisheries and other assorted fisheries involving large predatory speciesPike flies up to 12"
1193-4Grains: 420 - 480gr9'3"11+This rod is targeted towards serious musky fisheries and other assorted fisheries involving large predatory speciesMusky flies 12"+

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