2006 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 2 (Rods) - Perfectly matching reels in application,
balance, and style (continued)
We were greeted at the
Rogue booth by Kevin Kuriawa, Sales Representative for Rogue Rods who was eager
to show us the latest his company had to offer in arena of inshore and blue
water salt rods. This surprised us, as we know Rogue best for their trout and
bass rods. The rods themselves are a handsome deep blue color with some serious
threading to hold all the guides in place.
Rogue's new Blue Water Seriers
With these series of rods,
Rogue has taken all they know and blended, into a single blank, three distinctly
different materials. They have combined: a) woven graphite at the base of the
rod for incredible rigidity and impact resistance; b) their traditional,
in-house developed graphite material; and c) a fiberglass tip for forgiveness
and strike detection.
Kevin shows us the powerful taper
on these composite blanks
What they have assembled
is an unbelievably powerful series of composite blanks with wonderful
flexibility and a very smooth power curve. Their target market, in particular
are the inshore fisherman on the east coast chasing after reds, sea trout, and
Anodized reel seats grace the Blue
The rods are built with
Batson components and look to retail for between $189 - $250 for the flats and
inshore rods up to roughly $300 for the their blue water big game rods.
Nice details throughout remind you
this is a saltwater rod
The inshore rods were very light in our hands, but
once Kevin pulled on the tip we found that they loaded up with plenty of lifting
power. The base of the rod is adorned with a very nice graphite weave, and the
grips are grade A cork.
A closer look at the inshore blank
If you only inshore fish a couple times a year it
may be hard to justify a rod like this, but we also found the rod to have the
ideal characteristics for serious swimbaits as well. With a rod able to pull
double duty the investment seems easier to rationalize. If your looking for a
great multi-purpose rod the new Rogue Inshore series is worth a good look.
Kevin holding up a powerful
inshore rod, which can also double up as a great swimbait stick
Section: Introducing Setyr rods