Today i will give you my review of the Sage ESN Fly Rod.

If you have read my other posts you will know that i highly rate all Sage products as ive fly fished with them for many years and they are very high quality builds and will last you a lifetime! The Sage ESN Fly Rod is great rod and one that would definitley suit both the beginner and experienced fly angler. Its Designed specifically for European-style nymphing techniques.

The Sage ESN

The Sage ESN

Sage have once again produced a fine and quality fly rod using the latest technology when it comes to build. Utilizing the latest in graphite technology, the Sage ESN rod is afforded the same quality graphite you would find in the other same class Sage rods. Its a great rod for all levels and one you can easily catch a small to large trout, salmon, pike or bass on without any issues!

It is capable of casting short to medium distances and will allow you to cover plenty of water. Available in a variety of sizes from a 2wt to 4wt and all the rods in this model come in 4 pieces and are 10 feet in length. The price point of these rods are in the higher-range and you should expect to pay $900+ regardless of the size you select.

The Sage ESN Fly Rod| Features & Benefits

We can now take a look at the features and benefits that the ESN fly rod has to offer:


I have found casting the ESN Payload Fly Rod to be a pleasure. Ive not felt it heavy to hold even when fly fishing all day with it. It feels lightweight like any of my other fly rods and i can easily carry it with me when walking from one location to the next.

Manufacturing Quality

The rod blank is on a black ICE blank and made of graphite which is a quality material sage is well known for. Sage has used what they call KonnecticHD Technology in this rod. I like the Fuji ceramic stripper guides with hard chrome single foot snake guides which look and feel very high quality. The line casts well through these and also strips back well when you are retrieving the fly.

One other nice feature is that Sage provides a black cloth rod bag. This is really handy for when you are traveling to the fishing grounds or storing your rod at home and provides extra protection. Also, the rod seat is made with Stealth Black anodized aluminum which gives it a prolonged lifecycle. The black threads on the reel seat look really good too and lock the reel nice and secure.


This is a medium action rod and I’ve had a lot of pleasure casting it. I can easily cast it into small streams and creeks. Naturally, we all cast differently but if you have a reasonably good casting technique then you’ll cast this rod easily as well.


I find the ESN extremely durable and can be used in most conditions. Even with strong winds around it can easily cast and reach the desired endpoint of where the fly stops and drops to the water. Of course like with any fly rod, it’s down to you and your casting skills but as long as you know how to cast correctly (practice…) then you will have no issues casting and enjoying the sage ESN.

It’s a great rod for both short-distance casting and great for casting a nymph or dry fly onto the water. Catching a trout and salmon on this rod is a breeze and you can be sure it will stand the test of time. I really enjoyed the performance of the rod and it’s a great option for the intermediate fly angler and upwards.


Sage usually offers with all its rods and reels a lifetime warranty. This i believe is really good as you are usually spending a fair bit of money to get a sage product and to have that peace of mind there then its ideal. Do check though prior to purchase that the warranty is being offered.

None of my sage rods have ever had issues. Some of them ive owned for well over 8 years and they are still going strong. As long as you look after your gear it will last you a long time.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong Snub Nose Handle
  • Suitable for Freshwater Fy Fishing – creeks/streams
  • Made by a quality manufacturer
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • No rod piece alignment dots

In Summary

I highly recommend the sage esn fly fishing rod if you are targeting trout, in creeks and streams. It’s a great quality built rod and you cant go wrong here. You will enjoy casting it and the look and feel say quality as well as top craftsmanship which is what i always look for in any of my fly fishing gear.

If you are looking for a rod that is good for fly fishing small creeks and streams on the nymph, then id goes for this one. Sage builds outstandingly good quality fly fishing products period and many professional fly fishers use them.

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