Don't know about the Sage, but I'll just say that the Scott 1509 works beautifully with an Airflo 9/10 Long Delta, so I'm not sure I'd say, with Sinktip, that it's actually an 8 wt. Different strokes for different folks, obviously. Works beautifully with 9/10 tips too. If I ever have concerns about the conditions I'll be facing (high water, wind, etc) I take the Scott. Good choices to have, I'd say.