Sage 8000 Pro Series Fly Reel Review

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Ben F There have been 0 comments

Sage introduced the 8000 Pro fly reel series last year at IFTD. We got to check out some of the great upgrades from the 2012 6000 Series. Since then, we've been eager to get our hands on one.


8-Weight Challenge Full Results


9.5 ounces.  It was the heaviest reel in our test.


We were surprised when the Sage 8080 came in at 5.8 pounds as it's been touted as Sage's marquee saltwater reel


The testers unanimously agreed that the new "dial-a-drag" feature is great.  It works by using two separate drag knobs - a small one for setting the maximum drag strength, and the other which works like every other drag knob.  The big advantage of this feature is that you can set your drag and then use the normal knob to quickly pull more line off the reel and re-set your drag without thinking about it.  It's a great innovation.



The 8080 Pro is the best sounding Sage reel.  It definitely sounds like a saltwater reel.


It's huge.  The 8080 could easily be used as a 10-weight and gel spun.  It has a faster-than-average retrieve as well.  The spool is very easy to change.


The 8080 is also the most solid feeling of the Sage lineup - a big upgrade from the old 6000.  It's got the nicest finish we've seen on a Sage reel to date.  It's got a great handle as well.


Lifetime to the original owner + $50 fee.


Price: $750


The Sage 8080 should be called the 8090 - it's a big, heavy, reel.  It lost a lot of points due to its weight.  It is, however, Sage's best looking and best feeling saltwater reel.  We really enjoyed the Dial-A-Drag as well.  Bottom line: if you want a Sage that looks the part, buy it.


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  • Dial-A-Drag is and awesome idea
  • Tons of room
  • Solid construction


  • Heavy
  • Expensive. Really expensive for a Korean made reel.



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