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Wade Rods: Some of our readers may already be familiar with Wade Rods. What they may not realize is that owner, Wade Cunningham, is the man behind Seeker. Having started Seeker back in 1981, Wade later sold the company eventually getting back into the business by working for Shikari Rods in the mid 1990s. In 1996, he began Wade Rods. Earlier this decade, Pure Fishing courted him to work in their rod division, but things didn't quite work out, so he left after only a short time. Just this past year, he began to focus again on his own company slowly building rods he felt the American fishing public would appreciate.


Have you heard of Wade rods?


At the Bass-a-Thon he introduced his new rods which feature a custom look and feel including uniquely shaped grips for each rod to match the intended application. The rods looked cleanly designed and felt light in hand. Wade carefully selects the components on all the rods and in this particular line makes use of American Tackle ring lock guides with duralite hard aluminum oxide ring inserts.


The company is owned by Wade Cunningham who has years of expertise in blank and rod design and this is their season in eight years they are introducing new bass rods


The Pro-Magic Series is designed to offer exceptional strength, sensitivity and hook setting power. There are finely tuned actions and tapers the rods make use of Fuji ECS trigger seats with an exposed blank and matte silver fittings on spinning models.


The Pro-Magic rods make use of intermediate modulus graphite


The Pro-Magic Series rods are very reasonably priced from 150-225 dollars depending on the rod model. Each and every rod is manufactured in the U.S. in Huntington Beach where Wade can fully control the quality and all rods carry a 3 year warranty.


All of the application specific rods make use of different styled grips, a very custom approach


While this first introduction is being made now the company is already nearing production of their high end “Power Feather” series which will feature higher modulus blanks. These premium rods will debut at next year’s Fred Hall show and retail around the 300 dollar price point.


The Pro-Magic rods make use of American Tackle ring lock guides with duralite hard aluminum oxide ring inserts.


A look at one of the company's custom trout rods


Wade Cunningham has a long history in blank and rod design and is back this year with new bass rods, stay tuned for his premium rods at the upcoming Fred Hall show


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