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ICAST 2011 Coverage


Ready for some Canadian Product? Rapala Canada at ICAST

 

Date: 7/31/11
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Rapala Canada
Reviewer: Cal








Introduction:
Rapala Canada reserved a meeting room once again to show off what they have in store for the coming year. Tom McMurray was on hand to show us what's new and if this year is any indication, next year, they're gonna need a bigger room!

 


Look what's brewing up across the border.

 


Rapala Canada goes nano-tech.

 

Concept: What would you say if we told you there is available, a rod made from the same nano-particle infused, 40 ton graphite, used by a select few other rod manufacturers, wrapped with Fuji K-series Titanium framed micro guides with SiC inserts, all for the retail price of $250?

 


With the latest in Fuji components like their new split reel seat in casting ...

 


... and spinning.

 

Have you gotten up out of your chair yet? Because that is exactly what Rapala Canada is doing with their new Concept rods with "Nano-Titanium Technology". There are a total of 8 rods in the series (5 spinning, 3 casting) and six out of the eight rods have extra-fast tapers for higher line speeds, longer casts, better accuracy and hook setting power.


The new Concept series of rods are micro enabled.


The spinning rods get down to micro guides after the first three guides.

Rapala Canada Concept Rod Specifications

Model
Type / Power
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
NT85SP60M1
Spin / Medium
6'-0"
1/8-1/2
6-14
~$250
NT85SP63M1
Spin / Medium
6'-3"
1/8-1/2
6-10
~$250
NT85SP67MH1
Spin / Med Heavy
6'-7"
1/4-5/8
6-14
~$250
NT85SP72ML1
Spin / Med Light
7'-2"
1/16-1/2
4-10
~$250
NT85SP72MH1
Spin / Med Heavy
7'-2"
1/4-5/8
6-17
~$250
NT85TR64M1
Cast / Medium
6'-4"
1/4-5/8
8-17
~$250
NT85TR68MH1
Cast / Med Heavy
6'-8"
1/4-5/8
8-17
~$250
NT85TR72MH1
Cast / Med Heavy
7'-2"
3/8-1
10-20
~$250


Bass may get all the glamour, but up north, Walleye are just as popular if not more so and Rapala Canada responds with a Walleye Tournament series of rods.


The Walleye Tournament rods will come with Fuji K-Series stainless guides with SiC inserts.

Walleye Tournament: Of course, the bass market is but a small percentage of what folks really fish for up in Canada. Arguably, even bigger than bass fishing up north is Walleye Fishing. Rapala Canada responds to this market with their new Walleye Tournament series of rods with a total of 10 rods built on their own HM-65 graphite blanks with Fuji K-Series stainless framed guides with SiC inserts.

Walleye Tournament Rod Specifications

Model
Type / Power
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
TW65SP63M1
Spin / Medium
6'-3"
1/8-1/2
6-10
~$149
TW65SP66M1
Spin / Medium
6'-6"
3/16-5/8
6-12
~$149
TW65SP70ML1
Spin / Med Light
7'-0"
1/8-3/8
4-10
~$149
TW65SP70M1
Spin / Medium
7'-0"
1/4-3/4
6-12
~$149
TW65SP76ML1
Spin / Med Light
7'-6"
1/8-3/8
4-10
~$149
TW65SP86ML2
Spin / Med Light
8'-6"
1/8-3/8
4-10
~$149
TW65TR70M1
Cast / Medium
7'-0"
1/4-5/8
8-14
~$149
TW65TR76M1
Cast / Medium
7'-6"
1/2-1 1/2
8-17
~$149
TW65TR78MT1
Cast / Medium
7'-8"
1/2-1 1/2
10-25
~$149
TW65TR82MT1
Cast / Medium
8'-2"
1/2-1 1/2
10-25
~$149


R-Type is Rapala Canada's bread and butter line of rods and this year, the series goes Musky.


The Classic Trout series receives 10 new models including 3 4-piece travel rods all for $69.

To fill out the room, McMurray also brought in their R-Type Musky Sticks, new rods in their Classic Trout series, and some very intriguing float/drift rods for river fishing. There are three rods in the series, one of which has a trigger, but the other two are spinning configurations that are also fishable with Rapala Canada's new Centre-pin float reel. This reel, as are all center pin reels, was very simple, yet with the incorporation of ABEC 7 bearings in the reel's shaft, the spool could almost be made to turn with your breath it is so free of friction.


Into float/drift fishing? They have a combo for that ...


The R-Type Float/Drift Series retails for $150. The Centre-Pin float reel with ABEC 7 bearings will run $200.


So if Rapala Canada can deliver a rod with the latest technology buzz in blanks together with high grade components by Fuji for $250 ...

Conclusion: Rapala Canada continues to prove that a quality stick made of quality components does not have to come at a premium price. Sure, the rods may not be available here in the US, but when has that ever stopped any of our readers? The CDM market is alive and well thanks to Rapala Canada and we're certain, after this article goes live, Rapala USA is going to hear about it.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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