The fly fishing world is no stranger to new releases of fly rods from Sage. There’s perhaps no brand that tries harder to keep its lineup of offerings fresh and new than the Bainbridge Island, Washington-based rod maker. Most new rod releases (for all rod manufacturers, not just Sage), however, only come from new designs, whether new rod cones, new models tailored to specific fishing applications , new components, etc. They are not the product of major advances in materials or other technologies. But this week, a few months shy of 6 years since the introduction of KonneticHD technology in its current flagship rod, the Sage X, Sage teased the fly fishing world with it – judging by the video released by the company. – new technology and a new rod he is confident will be “revolutionary”.
It’s important to note that the aforementioned design achievements between the so-called “major” versions of the upper are often just as important, and sometimes even more important than the hardware advancements. But, when rod makers make leaps in their materials technology, the effects are felt for years, as these new materials and the design improvement opportunities they introduce reverberate for years. on the rest of the company’s line of offerings.
Over the years, Sage has made no secret of the alleged special relationship it has with the aerospace industry, thanks to its Washington State manufacturing facility’s proximity to Seattle, home to aerospace manufacturer Boeing. This relationship, according to Sage, gives the rod manufacturer access to cutting-edge materials and technology.
These state-of-the-art ingredients, according to Sage’s new video, are once again the driving force between its latest and greatest – its new eighth generation “R8” technology and its new R8 CORE line of rods.
The video indicates that the new graphite fiber technology is a key part of the new R8 technology which, when combined with Sage’s special “juice and juju”, as materials scientist Steve Greist calls it, enables up to Sage to build the new R8 CORE – and certainly many more wands to come.
Another message that emerges from the video is that Sage believes they designed the R8 CORE range to be versatile, given that they visit Sage Ambassadors and other anglers who have tested the R8 CORE in a wide variety of angling. challenges – from tricky dry fly presentations, to launching heavy nymph “junk rigs”, to hucking big streamers on heavy lines – that suggest the new R8 CORE excels at all of these tasks.
One thing is certain, a wealth of additional information on R8 technology and the R8 CORE range of rods is undoubtedly just around the corner. In the meantime, to learn more, watch the video below. You can also go to the Sage website to sign up to be notified when more information is available.