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New Rods From Phenix Will Handle Trout To Tuna! (continued)


Titan Jigging Rods: Titan jigging rods come in lengths of 5'6” and 6'0” and are designed for serious vertical lifting power thanks to T-18 Toray multi-composite/carbon fiber woven material. Fuji reel seats and SIC guides combine with custom EVA/high density hypalon grips to create powerful offshore sticks. There are 12 models in the series ranging in price from $359.00 to $419.00.


This looks like a serious jigging stick


Titan Popping Special: These popping rods measure between 7'6” and 8'8” in length and come in 5 models. Each rod is constructed out of multi-composite Toray material and blended together with a “secret sauce” resin to create a durable, but high-performance rod capable of long distance casts. Grips are comprised of EVA and hypalon, with Fuji reel seats and SIC guides rounding out the components. Each of these 2 piece rods features the joint just above the foregrip portion. You can find one of these sticks priced between $399.00 to $499.00.


Vince shows Zander the new Redeye travel rod


Bermuda East Coast Inshore Spin Series: These 4 models boast 1 piece construction, moderate-fast tapers, and lengths of either 7'2” or 7'7”. Fuji guides, along with EVA and Essex grips/reel seats finish off the series. These can be had for $239.00 to $259.00.


The Redeye breaks down compact and comes with a travel case


Redeye Travel Rods: Redeye Travel rods are available in saltwater, bass, or trout models and all sport 3 piece construction for easy storage. Unlike most travel rods, these are built with tapers that eliminate flat spots, a common problem with many multi-piece rods on the market. Saltwater rods are available in 7'0” to 8'0”, bass rods come in 7'0” to 7'8” sizes, and trout rods come in 6'0” to 8'0” lengths. Prices range from $299 for $319 and include a travel case.


Phenix trout rods are among the most refined and always exhibit plenty of classic style with the different wood highlights


Dragon Fly Trout Rods: With just 2 models in the series, these long 8'0” ultra light rods are perfect for a multitude of trout techniques from spinners to jigs. Using Net V advanced carbon fiber construction and advanced resin technology, these rods offer up high performance in a lightweight package. Both models utilize Essex SIC guides, up-locking metal hoods, and grips comprised of burl wood and cork. Both 1 piece rods are 8'0” long, rated for 1-7lb line, and feature either a moderate or fast action. Either model will set you back $249.00.


Kokanee should fear the Reaper


Kokanee Reaper Series: These soft, lightweight Kokanee rods are perfect for downrigger trolling. The 5 models come in either 1 or 2 piece configuration, and sport Essex soft touch reel seats and SIC guides. Reaper rods feature extremely thin blanks that are both strong and lightweight, thanks to Net V carbon fiber construction, and a nano-resin blend. Reaper rods arrive at an MSRP between $149 to $179.


The Phenix M1 rods have become a hot ticket and this season the company expands the series


New M1 Bass Models: There are several additions to the M1 bass rod lineup, including casting models in 7'5” extra-heavy (full grip), 7'4” medium-heavy, 7'4” medium-light, and a spinning model in 7'4” medium configuration. These new models are all priced between $175.00 to $180.00.


Ultra MBX Changes: Ultra MBX rods now use Fuji semi-micro guides with SIC inserts. Prices remain between $249.00 to $269.00.


Vince Borges and Pro Angler Cliff Pirch show us the exciting new lineup from Phenix


Conclusion: Whew, that's a lot of new rods! Phenix takes an already impressive lineup and grows it even further this year, with great new additions for fresh and saltwater anglers. We handled several new models at ICAST and found them to be of very nice quality and feel. I know I definitely had my eye on a couple sticks, and hopefully we can present one in a full review in the very near future!  










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