Products at the 2010 International Sportsmen’s Expo
Dobyns Rods: Gary
Dobyns was on hand at both the San Mateo and Sacramento shows splitting his time
between booth duty and seminars on top of the demo tank. The company had the
most impressive booth at the show and attendees crammed in to check out the
complete line of rods ranging from the Xtreme to the aggressively priced new
Gary shows us
his eye-catching new booth
A lot of rod manufacturers
are targeting the mainstream segment and the time may be right for these
aggressively priced rods with many anglers looking for a quality rod at a price
that doesn’t break the bank. The new Dobyns Savvy series
of rods are all priced between $149.99 - $169.99 and feature Kigan guides with
stainless steel frames and alconite inserts.
at Dobyns are the affordable new Savvy rods
The series will feature
four spinning rods, six standard casting models, and two heavier duty casting
sticks for pitching and flipping. All but one of these rods will feature the
split rear grip treatment with the SS766 FLIP, a seven foot six inch rod rated
up to two ounces in lure weight, coming with a full rear grip design.
feature Kigan guides with alconite inserts
The Dobyns Savvy rods are
on the water now (literally) from Asia and will land in the next few weeks at
both e-tail and retail stores.
Gary lands a
fish on top of the demo tank
Though still not yet available for purchase Shimano was showing attendees the
new ultralight weight Cumulus rods they has debuted at the Big Rock Show in Las
Vegas to dealers. If you thought the Cumara rods were light the Cumulus rods
will blow you away. These rods are so light that even when paired with a Core
50Mg baitcaster the entire rig seems to disappear in the palm of your hand.
Thorburn shows anglers the ultra-lightweight Cumulus rods
Anglers at the
show could feel how light the rods were and those that tried the rods with a
Core 50mg couldn't believe how light the complete outfits were
The company’s Excel rods are continuing to find homes among anglers looking for
rods at the 100 dollar price point. New this season is the addition of a new
glass rod in the lineup. Designed for both crankbaits and jerkbaits the 7 foot
long XL705Glass is an extremely lightweight glass rod capable of deep cranking
with an 8-20lb line rating.
the affordable Excel rods...
the previous Excel rods this glass stick is a great deal retailing for only 109
dollars. It is hard to believe such an affordable quality rod could be built
right here in the U.S., but that is exactly what Lamiglas manages to do with
these copper colored rods.
addition of the new glass cranking rod. True to the series the new rod only
retails for 109 dollars
Saltwater Anglers looking for something unique will want to check out Rooster
Rods, each rod is designed and constructed by master rod builder Steve Paterson.
The rods are designed specifically for saltwater applications and make use of a
number of different blanks including Phenix and Calstar.
something unique in a saltwater rod?
Because each rod is hand
built to your exact specifications anglers are invited to call Steve and discuss
what your unique application is, you’re fishing style and what components and
cosmetics you prefer. At the show we checked out a few of the rods and the
threadwork was exquisite, each rod had a distinctive color pattern and unique
Each rod is
built to exacting personal specifications
specify actions, colors and components and Rooster prefers customers to call in
and talk to them about exactly what they are looking for
The team at
Rooster rods shows us a few examples of their saltwater masterpieces
It takes around 6 weeks
for each rod to be constructed and each rod will retail from 450 dollars to 600
and up depending on exactly what is requested. Anglers interested in ordering a
one of a kind saltwater custom rod can find out more on the company’s website.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our ISE coverage when we get into new lures