Sage Payload Fly Rod

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The PAYLOAD features a rugged design and extra large componentry to handle heavy lines and wrangle the largest freshwater and saltwater species. Sage's classic Konnetic Technology and a strong midsection and powerful tip section make this rod efficient and highly functional when casting heavy rigs. A softer butt section increases rod leverage capabilities and a shorter overall rod length adds to the rod's lifting power. The butt section on the PAYLOAD is forgiving to allow anglers to utilize the powerful tip and midsection without compromising casting stroke. Incredible power, incredible capabilities, and incredible performance.



KonneticĀ Technology - Sage has completely redefined graphite technology with Konnetic Tech. By restructuring the graphite-to-resin ratio used in rod blanks, Sage has introduced a higher density fiber composite thatā€™s lighter, stronger, and more versatile on the water. With Konnetic Tech, the Payload has incredibly efficient energy transfer capabilities, perfected rod stiffness, and element-defying durability. What does all this mean? Tighter loops, faster line speed, and superior heavy line casting ability.



Tangle-Free Fuji Ceramic Stripping Guides - Fuji ceramic guides have stood the test of time as high-performance guides in fly fishing. Ceramic guides offer durability and easy line shooting capabilities and the tangle-free guides accommodate heavy lines.

Extra Large Hard Chrome Snake Guides - Continuing with the oversized theme, extra large hard chromed snake guides maximize line shooting capabilities. Similar to the Fuji guides on the Payload, they also accommodate heavy sinking lines.


Reel Seat

Heavy-Duty Aluminum Reel Seat - The heavy-duty aluminum reel seat on the Payload minimizes corrosion and anchors large reels. A double uplocking component holds down heavy reels to allow anglers to worry about the fish, not the equipment. The rod also includes a super plus full-wells cork handle and durable fighting butt.


Rod Tube

Black Ballistic Rod Tube - The Payload comes with a black ballistic rod tube to keep the rod safe during transportation. The rod tube also comes with an embroidered Sage logo.Ā 



The Sage Lifetime Warranty - As of January 2021, Every new Sage rod, 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. Repair fees are based on the age of the rod and Sage charges a $30 processing fee for rods that are part of the current lineup. For up to the minute warranty information, please contact Sage Repairs at 888-848-7243


More Info

Rod Action:Ā Fast

Best for:Ā All Water, Big Flies

Grip:Ā Full Wells w/ Fighting Butt

Ability Level: Advanced - Expert (learn more)


Recommended Lines

We highly recommend using a streamer specific line or a heavy saltwater line. Our favorite for freshwater applications is:


Staff Reviews

ModelHandleLengthLine WeightColorActionWeightPrice 
Sage Payload 9ft 10wt Fly Rod (1090-4)9ft10TanninFast$675.00
Sage Payload 9ft 3in 11wt Fly Rod (1193-4)9ft 3in11TanninFast$675.00
Sage Payload 8ft 9in 6wt Fly Rod (689-4)8ft 9in6TanninFast$675.00
Sage Payload 8ft 9in 8wt Fly Rod (889-4)8ft 9in8TanninFast$675.00
Sage Payload 8ft 9in 9wt Fly Rod (989-4)8ft 9in9TanninFast$675.00
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