Sage Mod Fly Rod

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  • The most fun trout rod you'll ever fish!
  • Forgiving medium-fast action, makes MOD rods ideal for both experienced and beginner anglers
  • Designed to fill the gap between the CIRCA and fast action ONE
  • Built by hand on Bainbridge Island, WA

Sage Mod Fly Rod 1

Maximum distance isn't always required. Sometimes it's just more fun to throw a softer, lighter rod. Sage knows this, and that's why they built the MOD. The new Sage MOD fly rods use a MODern, more MODerate action to bring you a more forgiving fly rod for those times when you don't need a really fast rod. We think the new MOD rods are a more fun and more accessible trout rod that more anglers will enjoy. Here's why:


Konnetic technology - Like the ONE and Circa before it, the Sage MOD fly rod is built on Sage's Konnetic technology. It's the best technology from the most innovative company in fly fishing. Konnetic Technology utilizes proprietary resins and aerospace-grade carbon fiber and combines them Sage’s Advanced Modulus Positioning System (for increased accuracy and strength) and High Compression Molding process to produce a rod that's much lighter and more accurate than ever before.

The MOD fly rod also features a "Jade" shaft color with yellow-green thread wraps with Black trim wraps.


Fuji Ceramic Stripping Guides - For proven performane durability Sage has chosen the time-tested Fuji ceramic guides, which not only reduce drag, but last for ages.

Hard chromed snake guides - Mod rods are built with Sage's long-time standard for fly rod guides, the chrome snake guides both look and perform exceptionally well.

Reel Seat

Zebra wood insert and Gloss Black anodized aluminum reel seat - Mod rods feature reel seats with exotic Zebra wood inserts and a glossy black anodized aluminum single-uplocking reel seat to keep your reel locked in.

Rod Tube

Black powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion - Sage wants to make sure your investment is protected, and the aluminum rod tube does just that. It also comes with a matching black rod bag with logo and model tag.


The Sage Warranty - Every new Sage rod (inlcuding the Sage MOD), blank and Sage reel is covered by a lifetime, original owner warranty. One of the finest warranties in the business, it covers defects in materials or workmanship as well as rods that fail due to misuse, negligence or normal wear-and-tear. As of July 2015, Sage charges a $75 processing fee for the warranty.

More Info

Rod Action: Medium-Fast

Best for: Dry Fly, Nymphing, Small Water

Grip: Snubnose Half-Wells

Ability Level: Beginner - Expert (learn more)

Recommended Lines

The new sage MOD fly rods will work well with standard-weight fly lines, such as:

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Sage Mod Fly Rod Reviews

Great feel! Great performance! Review by james
Posted on 6/14/17
Knowing Sage's reputation for quality, I was excited when this rod was introduced. I have now fished multiple weights of this rod for various sized trout and salmon. This ROD IS FANTASTIC.

While I own the One and the X rods, with the style of fishing I do I have never been concerned with LONG distance. The vast majority of my fish are caught 20-40 feet away from me.

I have been fortunate enough to land many, many very large trout and not only does the Mod cast like a dream, but fighting these powerful fish on such a supple stick makes the battle intense and a blast.

I just ordered another Mod for my arsenal. Ha!

Love this rod. For my money this is the funnest Sage every built.

Great Surprise Review by Larry
Posted on 10/14/16
This rod came as a great surprise - on two levels. The first was how I got it (my son purchased it for me) and the second is how much I enjoy it. Being a true fast action fan - I love my 4wt Method and 5 wt One - i really didn't expect to like the rod much but it turns out I love it!! Partly because it's from my son but also because it is a true pleasure to fish with. Upon receiving it I strung it up with a Rio Gold line and took it to the yard and once I slowed my stroke down the rod cast beautifully. Now it's not the long range sniper rifle my Method and ONE are but it's smooth, accurate and a pleasure to play fish on. In my opinion it would be hard to find a rod that performs better in the 20 to 45 foot range. For a more casual less intense day on the water I highly recommend this rod.
Why all the negative press? Review by David
Posted on 11/27/15
I found myself brimming with more excitement surrounding the release of this rod than any other Sage release. Finally, a 5 weight that is meant to be a five and hasn't been compromised in the futile pursuit of making the most stiff, fast action rod out there. This rod bends and bends deep down the shaft. Why is that freaking out all the reviewers online?
The rod's comparison to a short game in golf is apt. You are not going to be booming 60 foot casts with this rod. That's not a bad thing. Most people's short game in fly casting is quite poor (blame it on the marketing staffs from all the fly rod companies telling fast is the only way). However, the short game is where you're going to catch all you're fish.
Fishing in the Midwest, all the fish I catch are within 30 feet. This rod does that. The medium action will really allow the angler to make those delicate, precise casts to spooky fish better than any fast action rod. Because it's a medium action, you will have to slow down your casting stroke. Nymphing is doable with this rod since the rod really lets you open your casting stroke. It is an easy rod to overpower though.

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