2007 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Rods) - Let the Rod Wars Begin!
Fenwick - Elite Tech Rods: Before the
ICAST show we did a preview on the Fenwick Elite Tech rods through our Pure
Fishing Tackle Extravaganza 2008 article. Through the specs these rods looked
good on paper when we saw them for the first time we were even more impressed. Each and every one of these rods
was made so
distinctive that Jim Coble and Steve Grice of Pure Fishing told us that they had
to make new and unique tooling and mandrels to produce the blanks and
designs used in this series.
Introducing the new Fenwick Elite Tech rods,
each built specially for an unique application
Jim Coble, Associate Marketing Manager at
Pure Fishing, shows us the new Elite Tech series of rods
Technique specific design is taken to a whole new level
with the Elite Tech rods and below are a few examples. The Crankshaft rod,
designed for tossing crankbaits is designed with a 50/50 action. The bottom
half of the rod uses graphite while the top half is glass. This
produces a blend of action specific to crankbait fishing. The graphite
lower section adds sensitivity and reduced weight, and the top glass top section gives you
the flex and softer feel that is needed for serious cranking.
The bottom portion of the new crankbait rod is graphite and the top made of glass
Jim shows JIP the action of the Crankshaft
rod. See how the glass top portion arcs
Ever heard of a fishing technique called "Stroking?" This
isn't widely spread yet but it very well soon might be. This jigging/plastics technique
works in a way in which the angler holds the rod and while the jig or plastic is at the
bottom, with your reeling hand you stroke or smack the rod section above the
reel seat from below to lift the rod and what's at the end of the line. This
gives the lure a different action than just lifting your rod tip. This new Strokin' Special rod is designed with a refined ratio of blank attributes -
backbone, tip action, spin, and components, for the complete stroking presentation. The
section of the rod that you "stroke" is also coated with a soft material to help
dampen the shock to your hand while employing this atypical technique.
Each rod is so unique even the hook hangers
have a different design!!!
The Rigging Stik and Flipping Stik rods both
use a weight balance system designed by Fuji. Balancing the rod makes the
rod feel lighter and more comfortable in your hands while working the lure.
Fenwick has designed each and every one of these new rods to feature the properties
necessary to enhance performance for a specific technique.
A few rods have the Fuji rod balance system.
You can remove or add weights when needed
The Fenwick Elite Tech rods are each made
completely different... this is truly application specific at the engineering
Next Section: Shimano's bottom contact rods