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Equipped with a high-performance blank (Graphite IIIe), the FOUNDATION has a fast action providing excellent casting power and effortless control.

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It’s the very foundation of what defines a Sage rod – Performance – taking your game to another level. Whether you are a guide on the Madison or exploring your backyard waters, the FOUNDATION series delivers the signature Sage feel. For over 35 years we’ve built performance rods one at a time on Bainbridge Island, WA. The same 27 sets of skilled hands that craft all Sage rods construct the FOUNDATION.

A light and versatile trout rod, the 490-4 offers great line control without compromising accuracy. Best for dry flies and smaller nymphs.

Sage’s most versatile and most popular freshwater rod model. The 590-4 handles trout flies of nearly any size, lines of varying densities and does so with superb accuracy and line control.

The 690-4 is a very powerful trout rod, able to cast large, heavy and wind-resistant flies long distances or into heavy winds. Great for big river trout fishing and smallmouth bass.

Sage’s most versatile and popular saltwater rod model. The 890-4 FOUNDATION is able to effectively present flies and handle the fight with bonefish, redfish, striped bass, largemouth bass or other similarly-sized species.

  • Handcrafted on Bainbridge Island, USA
  • Graphite IIIe Technology
  • Stealth Black blank color; Black primary wraps with silver trim wraps
  • Ceramic stripper guides; Hard chrome snake guides and tip-top
  • Black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat
  • Snub nose cork handle with fighting butt on saltwater weights
  • Rugged black nylon rod tube with divided liner
Rod Line Weight

4 (490-4)
5 (590-4)
6 (690-4)
8 (890-4)


2 7/8 oz (490-4)
3 1/16 oz (590-4)
3 1/4 oz (690-4)
3 13/16 oz (890-4)

Rod Handle

Snub-Nose, Half Wells (490-4, 590-4, 690-4)
Full-Wells, EVA Fighting Butt (890-4)

Rod Length

9 ft 0 in

Tube Size

31 in




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