2009 ICAST Coverage
closer look at the new Skeet Reese Signature Tessera Rods from W&M
W&M partners up with Pro
Angler and Bassmaster winner Skeet Reese to introduce a signature series of
bass rods that are constructed using an exclusive design. Skeet worked closely
with the team at W&M to define rods for specific techniques with an emphasis on
sensitivity, power, and value.
Skeet's new rods are designed and
manufactured by Wright & McGill Co. in Denver Colorado
Prior to the ICAST show we
were not all that familiar with Wright & McGill Co., in fact we had never field
tested a single one of their rods. The recent partnering with Bassmaster Classic
winner Skeet Reese has no doubt put the limelight on the company. In addition to
these rods the company is also responsible for the very exciting Lazer TroKar
hooks, which Skeet is also part of.
Skeet's new rods feature what W&M
calls "S-Curve Technology" a special graphite construction process
Together they have created
the Skeet Reese Signature Tessera rods which feature a new blank making process
that results in a rod blank that is very light, designed to be stronger than
traditional graphite rods, as well as offer incredible sensitivity. Along with
the blank quality, the Skeet Reese Series features zirconium oxide guides and a
new handle construction that promotes traction without deadening the sensitivity
of the rod.
A look at the reel seat and rubber
The Tessera graphite
S-Curve lineup features six casting rods and two spinning rods designed to allow
anglers to fish nearly everything in their tackle box, and they are adorned in
Reese’s trademarked black and canary yellow color scheme. The rods are cleanly
designed and with the instantly recognizable color pattern will match up
beautifully with Skeet’s signature Abu Garcia Revo reel. We didn’t get an
opportunity to feel the balance of the rod with the reel but when it comes to
matching up the outfit there isn’t a better choice in terms of cosmetics.
Each rod is labeled for easy
“I’ve always wanted to be
a part of producing a line of high quality rods that the average consumer could
afford to use, and these are exactly what I’ve wanted,” he revealed. “The rods
cost $89, come with a lifetime warranty, and are tailored to my specifications
and trademark color scheme; I couldn’t be any happier with the finished
product,” Skeet commented about his new line of rods.
The yellow rear grip is also
So what makes these rods
so special? Besides being endorsed by Skeet and having an ultra aggressive price
tag the Tessera rods also sports a unique build processes that gives the rod
increased durability and performance.
The detailed specifications are on
the split grip
process combines T-Glass with high density graphite to form the core of the
blank. Carbon yarn, PBO fiber and glass fibers are then woven into a combination
of T-Glass and high density graphite to produce the blank which has increased
compression resistance. The blank is then wrapped by carbon tape and high
density graphite to eliminate cranking and increase breaking strength.
A look at the spinning reel seat
and winding check
addition to the eight graphite rods there is also one seven foot crankbait rod
in the lineup which unlike the other rods is built with Tri-Gressive S-Glass.
Which uses a combination of three separate layers of connective fibers, each of
which is laid directionally apposed and bonded together using an environmentally
friendly resin. The result is a rod W&M describes as 25% stronger than
traditional fiberglass and features a rebound rate that approaches high modulus
graphite blanks and is also lighter than normal glass rods.
The Tessera rods will
become available in mid August and
all of the signature rods
will come backed with a lifetime warranty.
The hook hanger
Talking to Skeet it was
pretty obvious how excited he was about everything being released at ICAST from
the rods to the TroKar hooks, and even his larger sized Lucky Craft lures. He
went on to say “I am really excited about the rods, and everything that Wright
and McGill Co. is doing,” Reese said. “They are a pleasure to work with, and
produce products that anyone would be proud to fish with. The pre-orders of the
rods have already overtaken initial forecasts, and the TroKar hooks are the only
hooks I’ve ever felt comfortable putting my name on; these products will
revolutionize bass fishing.”
Al Norakor at W&M worked closely
with Skeet to get the rods ready in time for ICAST
Conclusion: If you
haven’t heard of Wright & McGill Co. that’s all about to change after the launch
of the TroKar hooks, which first brought Skeet Reese to the brand, as well as
the new Tessera Signature rods. The Tessera rods looked good at the show and
felt well balanced in hand. The new grip material looks like EVA but is more
like rubber and should perform well even when wet. Overall the rods should have
“mass appeal” and the strategy to bring out a quality rod at a sub 100 dollar
price point has been a common theme this ICAST, but with this signature series
Wright & McGill Co. aims to deliver a rod with premium features and performance,
not to mention the endorsement of the hottest pro angler this year, and price it
within reach of the everyday angler, and that most of all is a very good thing.