Sage - R8 Core - 9'6" 5wt
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The 9'6" 5wt Sage R8 Core is the ideal rod for someone who's looking for a do-all rod, but who primarily nymph fishes. The rod is long enough where mending and high-sticking is easer, but isn't too long where throwing a dry-fly becomes an issue. So if you spend 70%+ of your time nymph fishing when you're out on the water, this is the rod for you.
Here's What Sage Has To Say:
R8 Core is focused on maximum versatility and applies new revolutionary R8 material technology through our forward-thinking lens of what we're seeing out on the water - where one rod needs to show even greater range. At its core, R8 Core traces a direct lineage to Sage's multi-application / fast action vision, one shaped by the fishing evolutions happening all around us—from habitats we stalk and waters we frequent, to the flies we fish and the diversity of species we now target. Coming in a range from 3wt to 9wt, with a variety of lengths from 8'6" to 10'0", there's sure to be a model to fit the core needs of every freshwater angler.
A slightly longer five-weight to aid in casting distance and line control when fishing for trout. The 596-4FB features a fighting butt and is great for big river fishing, nymphing, and stillwater situations.