Sage Motive Fly Rod

As more and more anglers take to saltwater to expand their fly fishing experiences, industry leader Sage Manufacturing, introduces the MOTIVE fly rod series. MOTIVE saltwater rods are constructed of time-proven materials and embody Sage's immense experience pursuing many hard-fighting saltwater species. The MOTIVE features an all-new taper design creating a powerful, fast-action rod that loads quickly to deliver heavy saltwater flies with the distance and accuracy the sport demands.

MOTIVE rods will be available at retail in August 2013 with five, nine-foot rods ranging from 8 to 12 weights. The rods will retail for $425.

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MOTIVE rods feature a strong butt section with fighting butt and full-wells grip to provide the necessary strength to fight and control large game fish. Heavy saltwater lines slip easily through the oversized guides, and the aluminum reel seat and saltwater compatible components round out the features. Built on a bluefin blue blank, the rods have blue primary thread wraps with royal blue and black trim wraps and come in a blue steel colored, ballistic nylon rod tube with divided liner.
Drop Ship Yes
Ship Days in 4-6 weeks
Backorderable Available
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Sage Motive Fly Rod Reviews

Updated review from 2014 Review by TenaciousP
Posted on 2/14/17
This is an update to my previous review (10wt). I have gone a full 5 stars. I have now used this from a boat on numerous occasions. Plenty of lifting power. I have upgraded the line to a SA Sonar Sink 30. Wow this is a great combo. It can bomb big clousers out there. Several 30+ pound stripers landed, never a problem. I would pick this over most other more costly rods right now.
The 1090 is a Workhorse Review by Cam
Posted on 9/20/16
Great medium action salt rod for all day casting. This is not the pool cue style salt rod, it has action and is easy casting. I use the 1090 to throw 30ft of t-14 to fish deep for lingcod and rock fish. No need for overlining-
Can't beat the value for a Saltwater stick Review by David
Posted on 8/18/16
Really a solid fly rod for its value. I cast the 8 weight version and it seemed a bit slower that 8 weight Salt, One and Method. I would think to the beginner saltwater angler who is used to fly fishing for trout, this would be a great rod and not quite so intimidating.
Smooth action with reserved power Review by TenaciousP
Posted on 10/9/14
I have the 1090 and use it from the surf with a 30' t-14 shooting head. This is a bit much for this rod, but I like it. It is not quite as quick as the xi3. In fact, it feels more like an xi2 with a quick tip. I actually prefer the action over my xi3. It can really protect an smaller tippet size well. I have yet to use it from a boat, so no insight on lifting power. I would not think of this as a budget rod, but more of a fast action as opposed to Sage's other very fast action rods.

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Model Handle Length Line Weight Action Weight Price  
Sage Motive 890-4 Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 8 Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 890-4 Fly Rod
Sage Motive 990-4 Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 9 Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 990-4 Fly Rod
Sage Motive 1090-4 Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 10 Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 1090-4 Fly Rod
Sage Motive 1190-4 Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 11 Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 1190-4 Fly Rod
Sage Motive 1290-4 Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 12 Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 1290-4 Fly Rod
Sage Motive 690-4 6wt 9' 4pc Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 6 Medium-Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 690-4 6wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod
Sage Motive 790-4 7wt 9' 4pc Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9' 7 Medium-Fast $450.00
Sage Motive 790-4 7wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod
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