2005 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 2 - Its getting hot in the Rod Market
One of the fastest growing
companies in the tackle industry today is Kistler Custom Fishing Rods. Kistler’s
motto has been to provide custom rod features in an everyday, off the shelf
fishing rod. Three years removed from making their first real big splash in the
market with their Helium Lighter than Air (LTA) line of rods Kistler debuted two
brand new lines that promise to be even more intriguing.
Kistler of Castaway fame, Trey Kistler, and Zander pause at the Kistler
Helium II LTX:
Featuring their proprietary “Ampli-Fiber” core, the next generation in Helium
rods are purported to weigh in at under 3 ounces per rod - this without
sacrificing strength or durability. The He II LTX also features a new grip
material that is not cork, nor is it foam, but a new material with very positive
grip characteristics when wet or dry. This “sure-grip” material is molded into a
new, split rear grip configuration capped by a new and improved “Smart-Touch”
reel seat that features a more positive-grip finish as well. Filling out the
matte finished blanks of the He II LTX’s are new copper zirconia guides and
copper highlight wraps. A very smart looking package that we hope to further
analyze for you in the near future.
Helium II rods are designed to further increase sensitivity while reducing
Technique specific bass fishing sticks have become ubiquitous. Kistler Custom
Fishing Rods enters the foray this coming year with their new Magnesium TS rods.
Another evolution of the vaunted Helium blanks, these technique specific sticks,
like the new He II LTX rods, feature a split rear grip but this time in cork.
The guides will feature stainless steel frames with ceramic ring inserts and of
course, all Kistler rods come with their now famous Kistler hook hangar.
Sure to be a top seller are the
lightweight and aggressively priced Magnesium TS rods
Lipper rods?: Not exactly. We know Richard Wieder as
the man who brought us the fabulous Lipper tool which we use rather religiously
while fishing for both largemouth and offshore. When we saw Lipper at the show
this year we were pleased to see upgraded Lipper tools but shocked to see the
company out with their own line of unique rods.
Lipper President, Richard Wieder
showed us his new line of Evolution GT solid graphite rods
The Evolution GT rods are extremely thin yet capable of shouldering incredible
amounts of weight. The secret is a solid graphite blank. You read that
correctly, solid. The Evolution GT is on the opposite end of a Kistler
Helium, being that a solid graphite blank is heavier than a normal hollow blank,
but Lipper had one thing in mind when they built these rods....power to move
fish. These robust rods are like cranes when it comes to heavy lifting. We
loaded and high sticked them on the show floor and these rods wouldn't have any
of it. There will be both freshwater and Saltwater versions available later this
year and we look forward to exploring the benefits of solid graphite design in
the field. Until then one thing we know for sure, these rods are built to take a
your normal bass rod, its very thin yet packs a wallop thanks to a solid
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