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Sage Foundation Fly Rod · 9' · 4 wt

Sage Foundation Fly Rod · 9' · 4 wt

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Line weight
7 wt
8 wt
4 wt
9 wt
6 wt
5 wt
Grip type
Full wells with fighting butt
Snub-nose half wells
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Product details

The Sage Foundation Fly Rod is a fly rod designed for anglers of all skill levels. Made with a graphite IIIe blank, this is a fast action fly rod. The blank design accesses smooth casting, allowing for increased distance and accuracy. This is a versatile and popular fly rod.

Key Features

  • Protective Rod Tube – This rod comes with a protective rod tube for storage when not in use.
  • Hard Chrome Snake Guides – These guides assist with line management and help add distance in casting.
  • Lifetime Warranty – This rod comes with a lifetime warranty.

Use Cases

  • 9ft 4wt (Foundation 490-4) is the ideal rod for dry fly fishing for trout.
  • 9ft 5wt (Foundation 590-4) is the all-around trout fly rod.
  • 9ft 6wt (Foundation 690-4) is good for streamer fishing.
  • 9ft 6wt (Foundation 691-4) is a streamer fishing rod with a fighting butt.
  • 9ft 7wt (Foundation 790-4) is good for small mouth bass fishing or large(r) flies.
  • 10ft 7wt (Foundation 7100-4) is a good steelhead rod with better line mending properties.
  • 9ft 8wt (Foundation 890-4) is an all-around saltwater rod.
  • 9ft 9wt (Foundation 990-4) is ideal for salmon and large(r) saltwater species.
Single hand
Water type
Freshwater and Saltwater
Rod weight (oz.)
Fly fishing type
Fishing type
Fly fishing technique
Nymphs / Wet
Expert product review
Fly Fishing Expert Josh H.
Review by Curated Expert Josh H.
The Sage Foundation Fly Rod is one of the best put together and performing rods in the moderate price range. If a novice fly angler or the economically minded fly fisherman doesn’t know about it, they should. Commonly referred to as Sage’s introductory rod, it’s often associated with the Sage Foundation Outfit, although it can be purchased separately to pair with other well-known reels. The Foundation performs well above its price tag, delivering quality, castability, and dependable performance.
Casting Ease
Man using the Sage Foundation Fly Rod.
A fly fishing setup lays on top of the hood of a car.
A box of flies and the Sage Foundation Fly Rod.
Expert Q&A
Quick, accurate answers from Curated experts to the frequently asked questions
Are Sage fly rods any good?
Sage Fly Rods come in many different models. All are known to be versatile, well built fly rods with a legendary lifetime warranty. Yes, they are good fly rods. The best one, however, is the one you find the most comfortable to cast for your fishing situation.
Joseph Smith
by Joseph Smith on July 1, 2022
Where is Sage Foundation made?
The Sage Foundation fly rod is made entirely in the USA. This powerful and lightweight fly rod is designed and manufactured in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Fly Fishing Expert Joseph SmithFly Fishing Expert Danny Salinas
by Joseph Smith on July 1, 2022 · view 1 other answer
Is the Sage Foundation a fast action rod?
The Sage Foundation is made with a high performance Graphite IIIe blank. This is a fast action fly rod providing excellent casting power and effortless control.
Fly Fishing Expert Joseph SmithFly Fishing Expert Cody Wegener
by Joseph Smith on July 1, 2022 · view 1 other answer
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Sage Foundation Fly Rod · 9' · 4 wt
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Jake A
Jake A
Verified fly fishing expert
Reviewed Jul 13, 2022

Sage is the industry leader in quality manufacturing. This rod can handle just about anything you throw at it. Beautiful small dry fly presentation? It can handle it. Need to launch a big wooly bugger? It can handle it. Multi-application fast action rod is good for catching rainbow trout on small streams or lakes. Depending on weight size can also catch the biggest browns in the Missouri river.

Richard Bullock
Richard Bullock
Verified fly fishing expert
Reviewed Jul 13, 2022

A great introductory fly rod from a reputable USA-based company. 9' 5wt rod will be perfect for catching trout, bass, and sunfish.

Kendrick Wilson
Kendrick Wilson
Verified fly fishing expert
Reviewed Jul 13, 2022

Anglers who want to take their game to the next level of performance. Great for all trout situations.