Sage Payload Fly Rod
Sage Payload Fly Rod
Big fish, big fly. While not always the case, this rule does ring true for many warm water 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.
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.
- Konnetic Technology
- Tannin blank colour
- Burgundy primary thread wraps with Bronze trim wraps
- Tangle Free Fuji ceramic stripper guides
- Oversized hard chromed snake guides and tip-top
- Heavy duty aluminium up-locking reel seat to withstand rugged environments
- Super Plus full-wells cork handle
- Cork composite fighting butt with extended 3” rear grip on the 10+ and 11+ sizes
- Brown powder coated aluminium rod tube with Sage Medallion
|Model||Line Weight||Length||Handle||Tube Size|
|1090-4||10+||9ft 0in||SUPER PLUS FULL-WELLS||31 5/8in|
|1193-4||11+||9ft 3in||EXTENDED FULL-WELLS||31 5/8in|
|689-4||6+||8ft 9in||SUPER PLUS FULL-WELLS||31 5/8in|
|789-4||7+||8ft 9in||SUPER PLUS FULL-WELLS||31 5/8in|
|889-4||8+||8ft 9in||SUPER PLUS FULL-WELLS||31 5/8in|
|989-4||9+||8ft 9in||SUPER PLUS FULL-WELLS||31 5/8in|
I bought the Sage Payload 8wt.
I had tested this rod in a 9wt and it was an easy rod to use with short head lines like an Airflo Sinper 40+ or Outboind Short. If you fish from a boat or small venues and need to make a lot of one shot casts then its perfect.The 9wt worked well both 9 and 10wt lines, over lining means one backcast and straight out. If I was fishing very large flys all day this would be the rod I would go for. You can also pick up a lot of line off the water unlike other pike rods I've used.
I bought the 8wt as having used an 8wt Pike Hero all winter (and really liking it) and a 9wt Grand Mama (top tippy), I wanted to go back to just one rod.
With an 8wt Outbound short I can cast 6 inch flys no problem and its spot on for the drain fishing that I do most of the time. Upping to a 9wt line loaded the rod deeper and let me turn over flys with dragon tails / large mouse patterns. So the ability to use my favourite 8 and 9wt lines comformatbly is good.
Although its rated as an 8wt it is nearer a 9wt and certainly able to handle heavier lines and larger flys than my Grand Mama was. I would recommend spending the money on a Rio Outbound short to get the best out of it.
Nick at Gamefish was very helpful at helping match up my lines and how I fished with the correct rod.