TT Covert operations delivers a snapshot into the future of
innovation from AiRRUS Rods
Around the ICAST timeframe many anglers begin to wonder just what Ken Whiting of AiRRUS has up his sleeves
this year. Never one afraid to innovate Ken has taken the tackle industry
by storm on more than one occasion. Will there be something innovative this year? Team TT Undercover
conducted covert operations at the AiRRUS headquarters in Las Vegas, and what we
discovered left us breathless.
A sneak peek at the all new AiRRUS
Innovation: Chief Designer and President of AiRRUS, Ken Whiting, doesn't
just build a mediocre rods, he builds some of the most innovative tackle the
industry has ever seen. AiRRUS is known for their eye catching designs that
really measure up in terms of performance and outstanding value; and has been
recognized on multiple occasions for ICAST Best of Show and TackleTour Editor's
Choice Awards. It is this dazzling innovation, and employment of unique design
techniques that makes AiRRUS rods what it is today.
Through covert operations we were able to sneak a peek at what Ken is planning
to unveil in ICAST in July. Not an easy task, but our mission truly paid off,
when we uncovered the most innovative fishing rod we have ever set our eyes on,
A high quality fly reel seat is
housed in the grip when in spinning mode and extends when in fly fishing mode
While our undercover camera wasn't able to do the
new AiRRUS "Tradition" rod justice, it does allow us to supply a first look at a
truly stirring rod that will accommodate an exceptionally wide range of
applications. This original rod is
nothing like we've ever seen before, and it made our jaws drop as we got a
closer look. This rod features a unique blank and
rod design that sports zero cork or Hypalon. It's built like no other with
an inimitable shape, reddish in color, and incredibly attractive and refined in design. The
Tradition is not just one novel rod, but actually two-in-one! Not only is
the rod a refined 6ft medium action spinning rod, but it also pulls double duty
as a 3 piece 9ft. fly fishing rod!
How can this be possible? As you can tell by
the pictures we captured, the fly rod comes in 3 pieces
and the hidden fly reel seat unlocks from the end of the butt of the rod and slides out, then
locks in place.
Attach your fly reel and you are now ready for some serious fly fishing.
Using two special rings, the spinning reel
can be attached Tennessee style
The spinning rod employs the same handle or bottom
section of the Tradition, but take off the top two fly rod sections and attach a
spinning rod tip to complete this 6ft spinning rod. This 2 piece spinning
rod makes use of two rings on the grip to attach the reel in a Tennessee style
and can be placed in any desired handle position.
Also discovered during our covert operation is a 1
piece 6'6" rod that uses the same blank and design of the Tradition. From
our initial visual inspection the one piece graphic design is likely to be both
extremely light, and because the grip is actually the actual graphite it will
expected to be exceedingly sensitive, absolutely perfect for those anglers
looking for the ultimate finesse fishing rig.