2007 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Rods) - Let the Rod Wars Begin!
Van Staal - Stand-Up Rods: Van Staal
represents the elite fighting forces of the WC Bradley company, and anglers
demand more from their Van Staal products than just about any reel on earth,
save Fin-Nor (which also happens to be a WC Bradley brand as well). We know
that Van Staal makes a great reel but rods? Yes, they are producing specialized
rods that match the reel's performance and durability. Thanks to knowledgeable
staff and much R&D Van Staal will have new sets of rods starting with two
The Stand-Up rods uses a PowerLite blank
These two spinning rods now offers stand-up
40 pound and 50 pound class spin rods that feature aluminum reel seats with
slick butts, gimbles, and
triple-wrapped Fuji SIN guides. The 5'9" rod is constructed with the PowerLite
blank that has overlapping layers of high-quality glass and graphite construct a
parabolic action that is strong, lightweight, and extremely durable. These rods
will retail for around $279 and will be available in late November 2007.
Craig shows us how powerful these Van Staal rods are
Van Staal - Giant Trevally Rods: Giant
Trevally hunters know that they need serious gear for these hard
hitting and fighting fish. There are some rods on the market already for GT
fishing but anglers should certainly consider the Van Stall GT rods.
The foregrip is ergonomically designed with
lightweight EVA material
These rods uses the same PowerLite glass-graphite composition to produce a hefty 8' Giant Trevally
killing stick that uses a Fuji DPS reel seat along with Fuji's HB guides and
lightweight EVA grips. Just as with the Stand-Up rods, these will retail for around
$279 and will be available in late November.
This aggressive rod is designed to
battle Giant Trevallies
Van Staal's new rods are just as exciting as their reels, and are the perfect
companion. We paired the reels up with the rods to see how they balanced out and
they felt absolutely perfect. Why go through all the trouble of finding the
right rod for your Van Staal reel when the engineers at Van Staal have built
their own rod series while taking their own reels into account?
Next Section: Fenwick builds unique rods for each