Review: Sage SALT Fly Rod

New All-Purpose Saltwater Rod from Sage

If you are looking for an all-purpose saltwater fly fishing rode, then this new offering from Sage might end your search.

Launched earlier this year, it is a replacement for the Sage Xi3, which has now been discontinued.

The new rod, named the SALT, is an 8-weight that is 9 ft. long that features a stiffer tip and which is designed to throw somewhat shorter lines.

It was reviewed by Tim Harden in The Venturing Angler.

The Sage SALT Fly Rod for Saltwater Fly Fishing

When a new fly rod comes out, there is always praise – often even before the rod has touched the hands of the those offering the praise. Devotees come in all shapes and sizes. There are those loyal to the brand and will love anything with that logo on it, there are folks whose livelihood depends on sales from that company, and there are those absolute gear junkies that go bonkers every time something new comes out.

Let’s be honest: Any time Sage releases a new rod, many anglers go wild. (Imagine some pandemonium.) This excitement comes from brand loyalty on one hand and passion for innovation, improvement, and evolution on the other. With decades of producing extraordinary high performance fly rods, Sage has earned this enthusiasm. And with the new Sage SALT rod, Sage will likely strengthen the devotion of their fans and welcome new boosters.
The SALT will replace the now discontinued Xi3 as the most high-end saltwater-specific fly rod from Sage.

While I have friends who (liked) the Xi3 , my style of casting drew me more to the MOTIVE (the lower-end saltwater rod from Sage) and now the SALT. With the SALT, all anglers might find an ideal saltwater stick.

The SALT uses Sage’s Konnetic Technology® and their finest graphite, Fuji stripping guides, high grade cork, and a uniquely heavy-duty aluminum reel seat.

I casted the 9-foot 8-weight SALT at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club in San Francisco with George Revel, club president, competitive casting champ, and owner of Lost Coast Outfitters in the city.

Matched with an appropriate 8-weight line, the fast rod allowed me to pick up a lot of line and smoothly and quickly fire it back out there with ease.

This rod casts beautifully. There is plenty of feel in this stiff and fast rod.

I can’t wait to get the 9-weight and know that this rod will serve all of my casting needs in demanding, windy saltwater settings in which the trip can be made or broken with a quick 30-foot to 90-foot cast, hopefully followed by a gear-testing battle.

George Revel comments:

“Throws a nice, powerful loop with very little effort … The SALT delivers a really great casting rod – great for bonefish quickcasts, great for backhanded casting, great for shooting quite a bit of line in windy environments.”

You can read the full review in The Venturing Angler here.