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Sage Payload Rods

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 90 rod.

  • Konnetic HD 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


  • Coldwater: RIO InTouch Camolux Intermediate & InTouch Striper Intermediate Lines
  • Warmwater: RIO DirectCore Jungle Floating Intermediate Lines
  • Trout Streamer: RIO StreamerTip Floating Sink 6 Lines
  • Pike & Musky: RIO InTouch Pike/Musky Floating Lines

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    Sage Payload 689-4 !
    6 wt
    4 Piece
    31 5/8in" tube
    (Grains: 200 - 230gr)
    Trout streamers and light duty bass bugs
    Trout streamer rod and light duty saltwater

    Sage Payload 989-4 !
    9 wt
    4 Piece
    31 5/8in" tube
    (Grains: 320 - 370gr)
    Pike flies, large poppers, and large baitfish
    Versatile rod for pike, largemouth bass, larger striped bass, and other saltwater species

    Sage Payload 789-4 !
    7 wt
    4 Piece
    31 5/8in" tube
    (Grains: 230 - 270gr)
    Boogle bugs to large trout streamers
    Perfect for light-duty smallmouth fishing or banging the banks in search of carnivorous trout

    Sage Payload 889-4 !
    8 wt
    4 Piece
    31 5/8in" tube
    (Grains: 270 - 320gr)
    Minnows, clousers, whistlers, and poppers
    A great all-around tool for smallmouth bass, striped bass, and salwater species such as snook.

    Sage Payload 1090-4 !
    10 wt
    4 Piece
    31 5/8" tube
    (Grains: 370 - 420 gr)
    Pike flies up to 12"
    This rod is targeted toward serious pike/musky fisheries and other assorted fisheries involving large predatory species

    Sage Payload 1193-4 !
    11 wt
    4 Piece
    31 5/8in" tube
    (Grains: 420 - 480gr)
    Musky flies 12" +
    This rod is targeted toward serious musky fisheries and other assorted fisheries involving large predatory species