New 3M Nano Matrix Resin Based
Rods and One Clever Accessory
We pick up at the ISE show with the rod category and a number of manufacturers
rolled out new rods that leverage 3M's Matrix Resin which companies like
G.Loomis (NRX Series) and St. Croix (Elite Series) have already adopted. This
material is expensive, resulting in rods that push the upper echelon in price
point. We have seen what the material can do in some of these rods already and
as more manufacturers jump on board it will be interesting to see how each
company utilizes this material in their offering. Will we see a crop of rods
that perform exactly the same? Or will these rod manufacturers be able to put
their own signature on rods employing this hi-tech resin?
shows us prototypes of what soon will be his flagship series...
Dobyns Rods: Gary's
rods continue to be a popular choice among both weekend warriors and
professional anglers. Last season Gary introduced the Savvy series which
targeted the lower $159 dollar price point and these more mainstream oriented rods
have done very well, introducing the brand to a new audience. This season Gary
goes to the opposite end of the range by utilizing 3M nano matrix resin to create
his highest end rods yet, the Zayta Series.
new Zayta Series which will utilize 3M's Nano Matrix Resin
Gary showed us his Zayta
Series prototypes which feature a matte finish and high end components including
carbon fiber and anodized aluminum elements on the hood. The rod has metal winding
checks and will make use of Fuji SiC guides.
final the prototypes give anglers a glimpse of the detailed components that will
adorn this series
The casting models will
utilize standard guides while the spinning rods will feature micro-guides. In
the light we could see the distinctive weave pattern on the blank and the
prototypes felt very
lightweight in hand.
light you can really see the weave in the blank
Gary is planning to launch a
total of 12 rods in the series and they will be priced somewhere around the 500
dollar range. The rods are still undergoing field testing and design refinement and will be
officially launched at ICAST 2012. From what we have seen so far these rods
definitely have a
very high end feel and we look forward to seeing the final version come together.
also building 3M Nano Matrix based rods...
Lamiglas: Lamiglas is
also utilizing the 3M Nano Matrix Resin, but unlike the competition their first
introduction is not a bass rod series. The new Lamiglas Si rods leverage the
premium 3M material to create a rod that is designed to be both sensitive and
strong and are created specifically for salmon and steelhead anglers.
...but the new
Si series will be for targeting salmon and steelhead
There are a total of four Si
rods, two casting and two spinning, ranging from 9' to 9'8" in length. These
premium rods are available now and as you might expect they come with a price of
$499 dollars each.
looking for a more affordable salmon and steelhead rod can consider the glass
and graphite blended Certified Pro KWIK rods
Since Lamiglas is based in
Washington it is no surprise that they offer a wide range of salmon and
steelhead rods. If the Si rods are too big of a investment the company is also
introducing new Certified Pro KWIK Series rods.
Ron Mukai of
Lamiglas shows us the new Si rods
More and more steelhead
anglers are reconnecting with glass rods and the new KWIK rods like the XCC801GH
integrate both fiberglass and graphite throughout the blank to create a rod that
is long, soft and forgiving. This particular rod retails for $290 dollars and is
shows Zander the new rods
Phenix: The Phenix
Abyss rods make use of Toray Graphite and S-Glass to create a rod designed for
West Coast surface jig applications and live bait applications. Though designed
for heavy applications these rods are very light. The PSC1007 is 10 feet in
length and features a moderate action and weighs 12oz. and retails for only
$169.00. While designed for jigging many anglers in the region have found this
series is also excellent for targeting Sturgeon.
The Abyss may
be designed for jigging but Sturgeon anglers are finding them perfect for their
At the show Phenix also
showcased a new rod series called "Trifecta" which is designed to target Salmon
and Steelhead. These rods are constructed out of a new carbon fiber-graphite
blend and come in both spinning and casting models ranging from 8 to 10 feet
long. The rods are all two piece for easy transport and make use of Fuji
rods are designed to be affordable salmon and steelhead rods
The Trifecta rods will be
available in both full and split cork grips with the same blanks to satisfy the
personal preferences and fishing styles of anglers. These rods will retail for
$179-$199 dollars when they are released in the next few months.
prototype makes use of a new blend of graphite to create a forgiving tip
With the Recon bass rods
launched Phenix can once again work on refining their trout rods and is working
on a new series called "Dragonfly" which utilizes a fresh graphite blend that is
designed to deliver both light overall weight and excellent sensitivity. Another
goal of this new graphite blend is to deliver a soft forgiving tip like you
would normally find on a glass tipped rod, but with the sensitivity of pure
behaves like glass yet is sensitive like graphite
Stern Saver: One final
new product that grabbed our attention at the show was the "Stern Saver." This
marine product is a glue on starboard transducer mount. The Stern Saver
eliminates the need to risk drilling into your fiberglass hull, a experience
that is never fun and always a little nerve-wracking.
is the inventor of the Stern Saver
The Stern Saver comes with
everything necessary for installation and can be deployed in 15 minutes or less.
There are four colors to choose from which include Bone, Ivory, Gray and Black.
Once you have selected the right color go ahead and prep the area and stick on
the mounting spike, this assures the block will be mounted in the perfect
Saver example with glue (left) and the mounting spike (center). This product
installs in less than 15 minutes and saves having to drill into your boat
Next dispense the glue which is like an epoxy
and is kept separate in the syringe until it is squeezed out and automatically
mixed. Once the glue is placed in the six recessed areas simply affix the Stern
Saver block onto your boat and in six hours your ready to mount your transducer.
The Stern Saver can also be used for mounting electronics inside your boat as
well if you want to avoid drilling. This cleverly designed product retails for
$59.99 and is available now direct from the manufacturer.