Tackle Week 2023: The best new fly-fishing rods, lines, waders, accessories and more


Best Fly Rod



Sage’s exceptional new R8 Core rod series uses a proprietary aerospace composite for a stiffer, stronger backbone with a more sensitive tip. With this versatility, these rods fish dries, nymphs and streamers equally well. The line includes 19 models, from 3- to 9-weight, with lengths ranging from eight feet six inches up to 10 feet. One rod designer describes the R8 rods as a combination of science and art. After casting one, I know exactly what he means.

Learn more: Sage, www.sageflyfish.com