NEW Sage Foundation Rod. Affordable Performance.

Posted in 26 July 2017

We're pretty excited about this new line of entry level performance rods from Sage. 

This is a sub $600 (NZ) performance rod from the worlds biggest and most innovative fly rod manufacturer. Also comes as a combo with a 2200 series reel and RIO Gold line, the best selling floating line in NZ.

A few key features:

  • First matte finish in a Sage rod ever.

  • Powerful & Responsive for a variety of applications.

  • An affordable rod that a beginner can grow into and grow with.


Equipped with a high-performance blank (Graphite IIIe), the FOUNDATION has a fast action providing excellent casting power and effortless control. It’s the very foundation of what defines a Sage rod – Performance - taking your game to another level. Whether you are a guide or just exploring your backyard waters, the FOUNDATION series delivers the signature Sage feel. For over 35 years Sage have 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.


The New FOUNDATION Fly Rod FamIly

Sage takes great pride in handcrafting rods on Bainbridge Island, USA. Each one is touched by 27 pairs of hands on its path from proprietary graphite strands to the finest performance fly rods on the market. The new FOUNDATION family is no different.

Capitalizing on performance aspects of Graphite IIIe Technology, the FOUNDATION rod family is fast action built for multi-application. From dry fly fishing a hatch at dawn to nymphing through a hot summer afternoon, this rod covers it all. The FOUNDATION delivers signature Sage feel with stellar components such as ceramic stripper guides, hard chrome snake guides and tip-top, black anodized aluminum up-locking reel seat, and a snub nose cork handle with fighting butt on saltwater weights. 

These rods range from 4 through 8-weight and retail for $599.99. The FOUNDATION is also sold as an Outfit in each model and is paired with Sage’s 2200 series reel and RIO Gold fly line for $899.99. All models have a lifetime warranty and come with a nylon rod tube or rod and reel case for the outfits.  

• 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