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Phenix Trout Rods: It wasn’t all about bass rods at the show for Phenix at the ISE show, the company has devoted an equal amount of time to updating their trout rods as well. In the midrange segment the company is introducing their new Mirage series which also make use of burl wood in combination with ultra-lightweight eva foam in their grips.


The new lineup of trout rods from Phenix all make use of burl wood


The Mirage rods combine burl with eva for a lightweight and striking looking rod


The blanks on the Mirage rods are all made out of carbon fiber


There are 12 models in the Mirage lineup and 6 of them are one piece and the remaining 6 are two piece rods, but unlike many rods where the two pieces are equal in length these rods break down right above the foregrip.


The two piece rods break down a few inches above the foregrip


Check out the bend on the tip


The company did this to preserve the proper parabolic actions. At the show we checked out the tips on these rods which can bend almost all the way back to the blank, to achieve this Phenix built these rods completely out of carbon fiber. The guides on the Mirage trout rods are all silicon carbide components from Alps. The Mirage rods will retail for $159-199 dollars depending on model.


The new flagship Phenix trout rod is the Iron Feather


Next up in the lineup are the final production Iron Feather trout rods, we first saw a prototype of these rods at Bass-A-Thon last year, and the final version looks much more refined than that first prototype. The iron Feather rods are designed out of carbon fiber as well but the actual fiber in the tip is not cross weaved, it is actually laid parallel to deliver a unique action.


Larger eva grips combine with small burl inserts to form a comfortable grip


The result is a butt that offers excellent backbone and a tip that is extremely limber. When we first checked out the rods and shook them in the air the first thing that came to our mind was “drop shot.” The team at Phenix admitted that many bass anglers have expressed interest in this particular rod just for that particular application. Though designed for trout fishing the characteristics of the Iron Feather rods make them a great choice for many other species and applications.


The back of the Iron Feather features a split grip and a burl and composite butt cap


All of the Phenix rods are about a month away from becoming widely available from both e-tailers and retailers. Phenix has always had a strong following among anglers and since their rebirth a few seasons ago have continued to build their fan base. The latest rods from the company look absolutely fantastic and are sure to please existing fans of the brand as well as catch the attention anglers just learning this nimble custom rod manufacturer.


Liwei, Jason and Vince at team Phenix show us the new lineup, and we like how far the company went to differentiate their new rods


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