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Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'
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Sage SALT R8 12WT 9'

checkmark in a circle In Stock • Bozeman, MT

Go-to Tarpon rod for Costa Rica deep water Tarpon to huge Gulf Coast Tarpon of Florida and heavy flies.

  • 25% Greater Strength Per Rod
  • More Intuitive Sweet Spot and Touch
  • Saltwater Specific Guide Set
  • Heavy-Duty Reel Seat
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Sage Salt R8 1290-4

9' 12 weight, four piece fly rod

Go-to migratory tarpon and large GT rod. For the most powerful/large saltwater fish species.

      While saltwater locales often move slower, the fishing is faster, the pressure more intense and the variables more variable. From wind, weather and tides to spooky fish, seasonal migrations and salty guides, it’s a different game with a different set of rules in venues that range from tournaments and Grand Slam flats to legendary bonefish lodges and hushed redfish beaches. The shots are fewer, the stakes are higher and seconds matter in sight fishing. By the third false cast, your time—at least for that fish—has passed.

      But more than just delivering a fly on demand, saltwater sight fisheries necessitate a different tool than what works for your standard trout stream. A rod that loads quickly and predictably, a sweet spot more intuitive to feel. More strength to land fish quicker and more touch for precision short shots. A more durable rod that is built to survive both long skiff runs and remote destinations - where broken rods are absolutely heartbreaking. A precisely honed taper that will ensure your fly is presented in the right place at the right time.

      Most salt rods are built for pure power and ultimate strength—that is table stakes for the venue and the discipline. With our new R8 graphite, adding 25% more strength-per- weight was the easy part—a simple function of material advancement—but one that also increased the fight in the rod even down to our six-weight. We increased the pure pulling power without the need to add more material, fillers or reinforcement. The outcome is simple, providing the ability for faster landing times and reducing fish stress and catch- and-release pressure on ever so delicate ecosystems.


      • Revolution 8 Technology
      • Tempest Blue blank color
      • Slate primary thread wraps with graduated White and Grey trim
      • Premium Flor Grade Cork Handle w/EVA Butt
      • Black rod bag with new cord lock for quicker, easier, and cleaner storage
      • Aluminium rod tube with Sage medallion


      More strength and fight were an obvious upgrade, yet few salt rods, especially in
      the heavier weights, achieve the importance of feel for fine touch shots and precise presentations. Shaping a taper that brought this increased touch into the equation
      took more time. Yet after a long residence in the birthplace of saltwater fly fishing,
      and working directly with the experienced guides there, our rod designers found the right profile and fiber alignment that delivered strength, fine touch presentation, and a more intuitive sweet spot to a class of rods that have long had a reputation as unwieldy, unforgiving and difficult. With the SALT R8, gone are the days of sacrificing the feel and touch in your saltwater rod.

      • 25% Greater Strength Per Rod - Greater Pulling power equals more fight for faster landing and less stress on delicate ecosystems

      • Enhanced Durability - Enhanced toughness withstands more rugged situations and demands of remote travel

       More Intuitive Sweet Spot - Prioritizes touch and speed for shorter shots and on-demand casts

       Saltwater Specific Guide Set - Fuji K-guides resist corrosion, while angled shape prevents snags and tangling in the chaos of the fight. Oversized chrome snake guides and tip-top allow larger slatwater knots to pass with ease.

       Heavy-Duty Reel Seat - Built for enhanced contact and confidence, heavy-duty reel seat and oversized locking rings keep reel tight to the rod for greater contact, rigidity, and a more dirrect connection when fighting powerful high-stakes fish


      Every new Sage rod, blank and Sage series reel is covered by our original owner warranty against defects in materials or workmanship.

      This warranty is limited to repair and replacement of the rod, blank, or reel and does not cover direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, or any other type of damage resulting from the use of the product. This warranty does not cover fire, theft, missing rod sections, intentional breakage, modification or customization of the finished rod, or damage during the assembly of a blank into a finished rod. Warranty coverage on Sage blanks does not extend to any custom work or components added to the blanks. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state.

      Sage reserves the right to determine whether to repair or replace any Sage Product covered by this warranty and the right to replace any discontinued models with comparable models when necessary.

      Colors and components may vary between original and replacement parts.

      The original owner warranty against defects in materials and workmanship applies to rods with a serial # beginning with the letter "A" and higher, including all double letters (i.e., AA, AB, and AC). Should breakage occur outside of warranty coverage (when it's not the result of material defects or workmanship), a repair can usually be made for a fee.

      One exception is the rods manufactured with a serial number Q, R, S, or T. These rods carry an unconditional, original owner lifetime warranty.

      PLEASE NOTE: Sage blanks are not serialized. Warranty coverage on rods built from Sage blanks is limited to the blank only.

      For more information about our repairs pricing, please click here.


      Click this link to start the process: ONLINE REPAIR FORM.

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