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Introducing Denali Custom Rods Lineup of Exotic Hardwood Rods

 

Date: 07/19/10
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Denali Custom Rods
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction:
New to us this year is a rod manufacturer out of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Denali Rods approach is to offer old school craftsmanship together with contemporary stylings and value. Each of their rod series can be identified by their somewhat unique use of Asian hardwoods at the foregrip for each rod.

 

Each of the Denali line of rods features a different exotic hardwood at the foregrip.

 

Jadewood: Beginning with their value oriented series of rods, Denali’s Jadewood sticks feature split rear grips made of eva, guides by American Tackle, and a piece of stabilized, exotic, Asian hardwood finished and stained in the color of green jade. There are three spinning and eight casting rods ranging from $79 - $119 in price. Jadewood rods feature a one year warranty.

 

The Jadewood rods are their value line.

 

Jadewood Rods

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
Finesse Rod
Med Spin
6'6"
3/16-3/8
8-14
$79
Drop Shot Rod
Med Spin
6'6"
1/8-1/2
6-12
$79
Shakey Head Rod
MH Spin
7'
--
--
$99
Spinnerbait Rod
Med Cast
6'6"
1/4-1/2
8-12
$79
Crankbait Rod
Med Cast
7'
1/4-5/8
8-14
$89
Crankbait Rod
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
12-17
$99
Crankbait Rod
MH Cast
7'6"
--
--
$119
Worm & Jig Rod
MH Cast
6'6"
--
--
$89
Worm & Jig Rod
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
12-17
$99
Worm & Jig Rod
Hvy Cast
7'
1/2-1
15-25
$109
Flippin Rod
XHvy Cast
7'6"
--
--
$119

 

These sticks feature a foam split rear grip.

Rosewood: Denali’s mid-line series of rods, Rosewood, features 4 spinning and 12 casting models. Unlike the Jadwood series, the Rosewood rods feature high grade cork grips and are built upon “Hi-Modulus BSTI-9” blanks. Built with American Tackle Ringlock guides, the Rosewood sticks range from $149 - $219 depending upon the model. Each Rosewood rod comes with a lifetime warranty.

The Rosewood rods are Denali's bread and butter lineup.

 

Rosewood Rods

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
Finesse Rod
Med Spin
6'6"
3/16-3/8
8-14
$149
Drop Shot Rod
Med Spin
6'6"
1/8-1/2
6-12
$159
Shakey Head Rod
MH Spin
7'
1/4-3/4
10-15
$169
Murphy Jerk/Topwater
Med Spin
6'8"
1/4-5/8
8-14
$179
Murphy Jerk/Topwater
Med Cast
6'8"
1/4-5/8
8-14
$199
Crankbait Rod
Med Cast
7'
1/4-5/8
8-14
$99
Crankbait Rod
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
12-17
$179
Worm & Jig Rod
MH Cast
6'6"
--
--
$179
Worm & Jig Rod
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
12-17
$169
Worm & Jig Rod
Hvy Cast
7'
1/2-1
15-25
$189
Flippin Rod
XHvy Cast
7'6"
5/16 - 1 1/2
15-30
$199
Swimbait Rod
XHvy Cast
7'
5/8-2
15-30
$179
Frog Rod
Hvy Cast
6'10"
5/16 - 1 1/2
15-30
$199
Tyler Multi Purpose Rod
Hvy Cast
7'4"
--
--
$219
Spinnerbait
MH Cast
6'10"
--
--
$189
Crankbait Rod
MH Cast
7'6"
--
--
$219

These sticks feature cork split grips.

Noirwood: Denali tackles the high end market with their Noirwood series of rods featuring Alps Light XN guides, graphite handles, technique specific actions and tapers on blanks built from “High Modulus/High Strain Rate fiber combined with the lightest fiberglass scrim available.” Denali’s Noirwood series of rods are available in one spinning and four casting variants ranging in price from $329 - $399.

 

The new Noirwood rods feature carbon handles.

 

Noirwood Rods

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
Spinnerbait Rod
Med Spin
7'
--
--
$329
Spinnerbait Rod
MH Cast
6'10"
--
--
$349
Worm & Jig Rod
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
12-17
$379
Worm & Jig Rod
Hvy Cast
7'
1/2-1
15-25
$389
Carolina Rig Rod
Hvy Cast
7'3"
--
--
$399

 

A look at the Noirwood spinning rod handle.

 

In addition to the standard factory warranties, Denali offers a lifetime, no-fault replacement plan for all their rods (including their Jadewood). Cost for a no-fault replacement is 50% the retail price of the rod plus $20 for shipping.

 

Mike Helton and Ray Scheide introduce us to Denali Rods.

 

Conclusion: There’s certainly no shortage of rod manufacturers and to stand out, you need to offer something different. Denali is making that effort with the inclusion of their signature Asian hardwood foregrips color stained and treated to match the name of each series. Is this enough to make a difference? Naturally, only time will tell, but we appreciate the effort and nonetheless.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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