Call us! 941-483-6847 ~ We answer from 10am-10pm every day!

Sage MAVERICK Fly Rod Review - The NEW Sage Maverick for Saltwater Fly Fishing

Sage MAVERICK Fly Rod Review - The NEW Sage Maverick for Saltwater Fly Fishing

SAGE MAVERICK (Click Here to View)

The new Sage Maverick is fantastic. It is one of the few true saltwater-specific fly rods designed specifically for that application. In the past, most rods used in saltwater were really just intended as freshwater rods, but not the Maverick. The Sage Maverick is purpose-built for saltwater and each size (weight or "wt") corresponds to the most likely target species, i.e. the 8wt is for Bonefish and similar fish, the 9-10wt are perfect for Permit, and the 11-12wt can easily handle a Tarpon or Giant Trevally. They even made a 14wt for you offshore fly fishermen to chase the big ones.

The Maverick is definitely the best-selling rod we have ever had. There’s almost nothing else close in price point for saltwater. When you get to $400 and below there are a couple of ok options but the Maverick is a way better choice if budget allows. Above it is really only the thousand dollar price point where there are a few nice rods to choose from. The Maverick is hand built in America whereas nothing less expensive than it is, which is good to know. Fit and finish are equal to the thousand dollar rods (also made by the same people if you’re comparing with other Sage models).

In general we recommend the 8wt rod or combo if you're not sure of which fish you will be pursuing, it is a great rod for Bonefish but also works fine for most medium-sized Redfish, Snook, and many other common coastal saltwater species (especially in Florida where we are based). The 9-10wt range is great for slightly bigger species such as larger Redfish, Striper, and Permit, or even baby Tarpon on the 10wt. Most of the time Tarpon are caught using 11/12wt rods but we suggest an 11wt over the 12wt for most purposes, especially with the Maverick compared with other fly rods since it is tougher.

You will also want the right reel and line for each of these species. Fortunately, Rio makes it very easy with their species-specific fly lines for Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Tarpon and more, as well as the great all-around line called "Flats Pro" which is excellent. We are always happy to talk to you about what gear will work best for the type of fishing you'd like to do and where you'll be going so feel free to call or email us with any questions.

We are very excited to have this rod in our shop because we are the number one specialty dealer for saltwater-specific fly fishing equipment and this rod i undoubtedly our most-recommended and best-selling fly rod for everyone from beginners to pros looking for a new favorite rod.

We have put together some great combos / rod & reel outfits that include free fly line, backing, and leaders. Check them out here:

--> Click Here for Maverick Rod & Reel Outfits 

If you want a custom combo, call or email us any time for assistance: 941-483-6847 or 

For more on the new Sage Maverick including hands-on photos and video review, stay tuned! We will be posting more about it very soon!

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published