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Sage SALT 890-4

- published May 2016

95

2016

RATINGS

Weight
8
Fit in Hand / Grip
9
Casting Distance
10
Casting Accuracy
9
Versatility
9
Fish-on action/hook-set
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
95

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MSRP
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$850.00
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THE GOOD

  • Good versatility
  • Excellent casting distance & accuracy
  • Sensitive feel on ‘take’
  • Made in the USA

THE BAD

  • Pricy
  • Heavy swing & total weight

THE VERDICT

The Sage SALT is the brand’s premiere saltwater rod and it represents the brand well. The Salt throws a lot of line with minimal effort, and it throw it accurately. The Salt benefits from the Konnetic composite technology developed for Sage’s other premium rod series (the ONE and the Method). That Konnetic composite material provides great longitudinal strength, with minimal vibration during the ‘swing’, which results in good power and accuracy. But it carries a hefty price tag for that advanced technology. 

FULL REVIEW

The new Sage SALT boasts best in class casting distance as well as some of best accuracy thanks to the vibration-dampening effects of the Sage Konnetic composites. The rod also proved sensitive enough to provide good feedback on strikes and the strong spine needed to fight powerful fish into the net. The rod is a bit heavier than some, and the swing-weight can wear on the arm after a long day of fishing, but part of that is because you’ll also be working a lot more line than you’re used to! Whether fighting warm or cold water fish—bones or salmon—we found the Salt a masterful rod.

Fit and feel
The deep royal blue Sage Salt is a beautifully crafted rod that feels comfortable in hand, whether casting or fighting fish. My largish hands fit perfectly on the full-wells grip, and the fighting butt nestled snugly into my palm when wrestling hard-charging carp and salmon—two of the northwest’s fightingest fish!

Distance and Accuracy
I found myself casting further, with better accuracy, then I’ve ever cast before when swinging the Salt. Even moderately experienced anglers found they could throw more line than normal, with good precision, but when I added in even a modestly-performed double-haul, I was reaching new personal-best distances.

General performance
The Salt boasts best in class casting distance as well as some of best accuracy. The rod also proved sensitive enough to provide good feedback on strikes and the strong spine needed to fight powerful fish into the net. 

How We Tested It

These 9-foot 8-wt rods were tested while fishing an assortment of water, from the beaches of Kauai to the rocky shores of Puget Sound, chasing everything from mahi mahi to silver salmon and sea-run cutthroat. They were also used in the steelhead rivers of the Olympia Peninsula and even targeting huge carp in the upper Columbia River basin—the Potholes that dot the coulee country there hold truly massive carp that love to slam surface poppers.

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About the Author

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson is the fly fishing editor of Gear Institute.com. He is a veteran outdoor journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. Follow him at Google+.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$850.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Weight
8
Fit in Hand / Grip
9
Casting Distance
10
Casting Accuracy
9
Versatility
9
Fish-on action/hook-set
10
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
95

Weight

4 oz

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