Fenwick Blends Modern
Materials with Traditional Design in New Elite Series
Introduction: Fenwick has a long storied rod history and this ICAST the
company is looking to write the next chapter with the introduction of their new
Elite Series which makes use of modern materials while still managing to honor
the tradition of the brand.
Fenwick's new Elite Series rods include Bass specific
Elite: There was a time when Fenwick was synonymous with high-performance
and innovation and this year the company is looking to make a big statement with
the launch of their Elite Series rods. Positioned above both HMG and HMX lines
this new rod series leverages 30-ton graphite with Powerlux 200 resin. This is
the same hi-tech resin that is used in the Abu Garcia rods.
Carbon fiber and cork come together
Powerlux 200 resin is designed to evenly support the carbon fibers for a better
strength to weight ratio. These rods blend hi-tech materials with traditional
design, for example using a carbon fiber and aluminum fore-nut and premium cork
for the handles.
The Elite Series Bass rods all feature split grips
combination of this blank with lightweight cork grips gives the rods a very
light and balanced feel. I had the opportunity to fish the new lineup with BASS
Pro Angler Justin Lucas at Lake Champlain and was able to play with a variety of
different actions and test the rod's overall sensitivity.
The Fenwick blanks are all sanded and matte for a light
and crisp feel
rods are some of the most crisp feeling Fenwick rods I've ever fished. They felt
light and balanced and the titanium guides with zirconia inserts only add to the
overall precise feel of the rods. I particularly liked some of the lighter
action spinning rods which were a blast to target aggressive smallmouth with.
A look at the ergonomic Fenwick proprietary reel seat
addition to the graphite rods there are also new Bass cranking rods that make
use of S-glass with a spiral carbon core. These rods bend nicely to help keep
treble hooks pinned and do not feel heavy or sloppy.
Use of Powerlux resin is the key reason why this rod is so
light and sensitive
rods have always catered to multiple-species and while the core of this new
Elite lineup consists of 20 bass rods there are also 17 Walleye rods, 6 light
finesse rods, and even 6 predator series rods in the new lineup.
The Fenwick Elite rods will come with many different grips
that are specific to each application. On the bottom are the larger grips for
the Elite Predator Series
Pro Angler Justin Atkins catching hard fighting smallies
with the Fenwick Elite Bass rods
these rods feature a grayish-green blank that stands out from other rods but
isn't nearly as boldly styled as the Abu Garcia rods. These Fenwick rods cater
more towards anglers that appreciate traditional builds.
A look at the Fenwick Elite Spinning Rod reel seat which
provides plenty of access to the blank
All of the
Fenwick Elite rods come backed with a limited lifetime warranty and are priced
pretty reasonably. The bass rods will retail from $169.95 to $189.95 depending
on the model. The new rods look, and feel, ready for launch and will start
becoming available towards the end of August.
The new Fenwick Elite series are the most modern rods from
the brand, and while they make use of the latest in blank materials they still
have a clean traditional build, complete with premium cork handles
Quick Take: It is nice to see Fenwick launch a modern rod series and still
find a way to honor tradition with a clean build that doesn't scream for
attention. The use of the 30-ton graphite with the Powerlux 200 resin has
yielded a rod that feels modern and durable yet maintains the lightweight
overall feel and crispness that the most popular Fenwick rods of the past were
known for. These rods could easily have gotten lost among Pure Fishing's other
rod launches including the Abu Pro Series but with great blanks, reasonable
prices, and quality components these Fenwick Elite rods address the brand's
target audience very well.
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