2007 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Rods) - Let the Rod Wars Begin!
Shimano has both the quantity and quality to win the battle on multiple fronts.
Of all the manufacturers Shimano looks like it is poised for a banner year. The
release of the Core and Trinidad DC were huge, but the redesign of the entire
premium spinning reel series was the major undertaking. On the rod side Shimano
has been equally industrious and the big story is the release of the new Cumara
rods which are designed for bottom contact situations.
Justin, Rod Product Manager at Shimano with
the new flagship shimano freshwater rod, the Cumara
The Cumara rods are built with IM-10 graphite
blanks and feature a unique in grip hook keeper. High density EVA split grips
help give the rod an enthusiast look and feel, and when paired with one of the
new Core reels this rod the entire rig is deadly for shaking, dragging, shotting
The Cumara features a new custom split reel
The Cumara also makes use of Fuji SiC black
Also new this year is the Trevala F jigging
rods with TC4F construction. This update to the Trevala series is designed to
offer added sensitivity and overall lighter weight. These rods are to be used
with the Butterfly Jigging System. The TC4F construction uses a high carbon butt
section that is fused together with a TC4 tip section. This provides the pulling
power of TC4 and the inner and outer T glass wrap over the graphite for enhanced
durability, plus added sensitivity and reduced weight.
The new Trevala F rods use a high carbon butt
section fused together with a TC4 tip section
The new rods feature Fuji Sic carbide guides
to better handle braided superlines. The new rods also feature Fuji Palm support
reel seats. The support sits further back on the reel seat and provides a more
natural comfortable angle that is easier on the wrist when palming reels or
fighting big fish. All of which should be a very welcomed feature for anglers
that spend all day swinging and jigging iron.
The new jigging rod makes use of the more
ergonomic Fuji Palm Support reel seat
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