Sage’s New PAYLOAD Chucks Heavy Lines and Big Flies


BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (June 12, 2019) – Continuing to offer anglers fly rods to get the job done, Sage introduces the PAYLOAD to deliver big flies and heavy lines more effectively. These fast-action rods have a powerful yet comfortable casting action for such occasions.

“The PAYLOAD features a powerful tip to help pick up heavy lines and the strong mid-section transitions to a more forgiving butt to allow a slower and more relaxed casting stroke,” said Peter Knox, Sage R&D design engineer. “The softer butt allows for impressive leverage when fighting fish, and the slightly shorter rod lengths create an ideal lever for more effortless casts.”

This rod family has extra-large components and oversized snake guides to endure a variety of taxing conditions, and the hard-chrome guide surface offers a hard yet smooth coating to increase shooting distance. The large composite cork fighting butt provides comfort while landing hard-fighting species, and the 10-weight model features a 3-inch rear grip for figure-eighting. The 11-weight includes a rear grip and extended handle for “baseball bat” style casting and to gain extra leverage when fighting large fish from a boat.

All model blanks use Konnetic technology and are tannin colored with burgundy and bronze thread and trim wraps. Tangle-free, Fuji ceramic stripper guides compliment the snake guides, and the heavy-duty aluminum, up-locking reel seat withstands rugged environments. A super plus, full-wells work handle adds to the overall aesthetic yet delivers strength and stability for epic battles. Each PAYLOAD will come in a black ballistic rod tube with dividers and will retail for $550. Available in 6-11 weights, these rods will be available in August 2019, yet they can been seen at EFTTEX in booth CP26 June 13-15.

About Sage:

Founded in 1980, Sage was created with one idea in mind—to build the world’s finest performance fly rods. From the start, Sage has maintained that singular focus on delivering the finest performance fly fishing rods, reels, and equipment to the avid angler. We are a company of passionate anglers and craftsmen, continually seeking performance advantages through new materials, designs, and engagement with the fly fishing community. We fly fish. You can feel our passion for fly fishing in everything we do. For more information, please visit  FacebookInstagramVimeo.