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ICAST Coverage Day 2 - Its getting hot in the Rod Market (continued)

Airrus: When we arrived at the Airrus booth we were greeted by Ken Whiting, President of Airrus Rods, and his collection of pioneering rods from the popular Co-Matrix series to the remarkable N-Sync series. From our preview article you have already learned about the N-Sync which applies Nano-Technology but there were some rods that we’ve never seen before, especially in the fly series. Airrus is one of those companies that keeps turning up the heat on the competition by continually looking for the latest materials and technology to make a better product. There's no doubt that Airrus has helped drive the market forward over the last four years. In fact Airrus had previously won the best rod category the last three years in a row and was viewed as a very strong contender with the N-Sync this year.


Ken Whiting shows JIP his latest fly rods

Tradition fly: Airrus had the only fly rod that we highlighted at the show this year. We found Airrus’ Tradition fly rods, especially one of the Spey rods, extremely striking. This extremely long rod has more foregrip for better handling, control, and humbling power. Best of all Airrus makes no use of sensitivity dampening cork, with this rod your hands are directly on the graphite the entire time. Ken challenged us to overload and break this rod, but all Zander ended up with was sore forearms.


Zander loads up on the Tradition, and gets a good workout on an incredibly responsive and resilient blank

G.Loomis: G.Loomis certainly has done their part to keep
Bass Anglers happy over the last few years but what about those in their very own backyard. G.Loomis is based in the heart of Salmon country in Washington, and thought it was high time they made use of all their experience to make the ultimate salmon rod. After countless conversations with top guides, hundreds of re-designs, and months of field testing the new lineup of Salmon rods has been born.


Mike Perusse shows Zander the new Casting Spinner rod in the Salmon Series

Salmon Spinner: Talk about getting application specific! Our favorite new Salmon rod at the show was the SASR1002C GLX which is specifically designed to fish in-line spinners for salmon. These rods have a super sensitive tip with plenty of backbone from a instant (and we mean instant) hookset. The rod is 8'4" in length and is finished in dark blue/grey matte and makes use of recoil guides. This rod is very light but steps up to the biggest Chromers. This premium rod will retail for $365.00 when released.

Close up of the New G.Loomis GLX Salmon Spinner rod


Daiwa: Daiwa had the most inventive rod at the show, the prototype Cielo. This rod is designed to take Drop Shot to a whole new level. With drop shot rods having an extremely lively and sensitive tip makes all the difference. Daiwa wasn't happy with any existing materials so they created a high modulus rod joined to Titanium tip that extends well within the blank well. The result is a graphite rod with the liveliest most responsive tip we have ever seen. With just a minor shake of the rod your lures are brought to life with dynamism. The rod features an open hook hanger to hold your weight and the rod blank is sure to please enthusiasts. Like a Ito reel the blank seems to change colors at different angles. This prototype rod will be introduced in the US, but we currently don't have any price or release date. Keep your fingers crossed.


The Team Daiwa Cielo makes use of a Titanium wire tip for supreme drop shot action

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