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ICAST 2010 Coverage


Lamiglas Addresses the Needs of Northern California Steelhead Anglers

 

Date: 7/21/10
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Lamiglas
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction:
ICAST 2010 was relatively quiet for this rod manufacturing patriarch in terms of new introductions. Lamiglas has been around for nearly fifty years and has seen countless fads and trends come and go, so naturally their response to the next “hot” thing is typically one of careful, calculated, and measured terms. The majority of Lamiglas’s customer base shares this carefully measured optimism.

 

Lamiglas's popular G1000 series of rods receive a face lift.

 

Excel Micro: So while the majority of manufacturers jump on the micro-bandwagon, Lamiglas is taking a more conservative approach offering only three such models within their popular Excel series of rods - two casting and one spinning. The XL703CM and XL704CM are arguably, two of their more popular casting models within the Excel line so they make a logical choice for this experiment. We’ve already fished the effectiveness of micro-guides on multi-purpose type rods and these two sticks within the Excel line fit nicely into this niche.

 

Lamiglas enters the micro market with three popular models in their Excel line.

 

Excel Micro Guide Rods

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
XL702SM
Med Spin
7'
1/16-5/16
4-10
$119
XL703CM
Med Cast
7'
3/16-1/2
8-17
$119
XL704CM
MH Cast
7'
1/4-3/4
10-20
$119

 

The guides are by American Tackle.

We’ve yet to fish micros on a spinning rod, but the XL702SM is another “all purpose” type spinning rod and a good candidate to test the market with within the Excel line. All three rods are built with American Tackle’s Micro Lite series of micro guides.

What we're excited to see are Steelhead Rods for Northern California ...

... Designed for float and drift fishermen, these sticks are sure to be a hit.

Certified Pro Steelhead: What had the TT Staff even more excited than Lamiglas’s new micro guide sticks were two new steelhead rods within their Certified Pro series of sticks designed specifically for Northern California drift and float fishermen. The X711MTS and X82MS were designed by acclaimed outdoor writer and fishing guide, J.D. Richey and are built with Fuji Alconite guides. Price point on these two sticks will be in the $200 range and they’ll be ready for this year’s run with availability slated for late August 2010.

 

They're designed by outdoor writer and guide, J.D. Richey.

 

Certified Pro Northern California Steelhead Rods

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
X711MTS
Spin
7'11"
3/8-3/4
8-12
$199
X82MS
Spin
8'2"
1/4-5/8
6-12
$199

 

With tapers just right for the Klamath and Smith.

 

Lastly, Lamiglas’s popular G1000 series of Salmon rods has received a facelift. Perhaps celebrating the renewal of California Coastal Salmon fishing, the G1000 rods now all feature a metallic cranberry finish with a mixture of some exposed blank reel seats in the models where it makes sense for this inclusion.

 

John Posey of Lamiglas shows us the spinning version of the Ardent + Lamiglas + Fishouflage combo that won "Best Combo" at ICAST 2010.

 

Conclusion: Lamiglas may not have unveiled any Earth shattering new products for this year, but that’s not really been the style for this almost fifty year old rod manufacturer. Instead, what has been their style is to continue offering solid, proven product. That’s not to mistaken them for being overly conservative. Anyone who has seen or held their Excel or XMG50 bass rods knows that Lamiglas is not afraid change things up, and create a little excitement, but they’ll do so when it makes sense, not just because that’s what everyone else is doing.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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