...with the Castaway
spinning rod featuring the new Microwave Stripper Guide. The line is captured
at the first guide. The line loops are tamed and formed without hesitation into
a single strand that skyrockets through the remaining guides. The line coils are
gone, line slapping the rod shaft is gone and distance is increased.
Working closely with the
Bass Professor, Doug Hannon, CastAway developed “The Right Rod” series that is
designed to cast farther, faster and more accurately than traditional spinning
A look down the center of the
Invented by Doug Hannon in
conjunction with Wave Spin, and exclusively licensed to Castaway the Microwave
guide is designed to eliminate the distance robbing slap of the line when it
meets the first guide. Typical line-to-guide contact also negatively affects
casting accuracy, lure speed and delivery.
The reel seat on the new rod...
When fishing a CastAway
rod fitted with Microwave guides, the line is pulled through, rather than pushed
into, the first guide, whether it is braid, mono, or flouro. This is designed to
create a faster, farther and more accurate cast.
...and the split grip. All of
these rods were designed by Scott Luft, Castaway's VP of Manufacturing
Castaway described the
many applications of the Microwave guides. From casting a plug from the surf, to
skipping a finesse worm under a dock, to tossing a tiny spinner across a trout
stream or throwing a wiggle jig across a windy bonefish flat, a CastAway rod
with a Microwave guide system will do it effortlessly and more accurately.
Gena Young, President of Castaway
was wearing one of the new guides, well a gold version of one of them
The CastAway Microwave
rods are available in a variety of lengths and actions to meet every inshore,
back bay and freshwater spinning situations. The Castaway Microwave spinning
rods will retail for $199 each and there will be two models available for
freshwater and four for saltwater. These new spinning rods are scheduled to be
on retail racks before the first of the year.
Castaway also introduced Aqua
Aqua design: In addition
to the Microwave rods Castaway also added new rods with their camouflaged
patterns, only instead of land patterned camo these new rods make use of actual
water photography and hydrographic printing technology to create actual water
pictures on rods. This “water camouflage” helps hide the rod from the fish and
for even more stealth Castaway is introducing fishing shirts in these same
The rod blends into the fishing
shirts featuring the same water pattern
These fishing shirts are
UPF certified and vented for coolness. They are designed to be comfortable
lightweight and fast drying. Some of the patterns that are available are misty
sky, pacific sand, aqua sky, and green bayou. The rods will retail for $129.99
each and the long sleeve shirts will cost $69.99 while the short sleeved shirts
will be five dollars less.
Gena and Scott at Castaway showed
us the new rods, plenty of innovation here at the Castaway booth
Castaway had a number of interesting offerings at the show, most impressive of
which were the new Microwave rods. The Microwave guide is a very interesting
design and we look forward to seeing how the design really performs in the
field, for now we definitely think the idea is very innovative and Castaway’s
first implementation looks ready for retail now. The Aqua Design camo makes a
lot of sense for anglers fishing off the edge of the shore and boats and the
combination with the company’s own shirts makes this a total solution. In a
sport where even the slightest edge can mean the difference between a livewell
full of fish or a skunk on the boat its good to see innovation is still alive
and thriving at companies like Castaway.