A Trio Of New Fly Rods
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been upping their game in a big way the last few years, introducing some pretty
impressive products, especially when taking into consideration the affordable
prices of most items. We recently completed a
of their brand new redesigned Rise fly reel, but at ICAST 2013 in Las Vegas we
met with Kara Armano to go over three brand new series' of fly rods.
The very slick looking new Vapen rod series from
Vapen and Vapen
Vapen means weapon. Sounds intimidating enough, but let's start out with the
feature that's most blatantly obvious about these new rods: the grips! While the
new Vapen rods feature a premium Portuguese cork handle, the Vapen Red rods come
equipped with the new and very different PowerGrip. Working with leading
producer of golf club grips Winn Grips, these red grips are made of an advanced
polymer that feels soft, won't slip, holds up to abuse, and are claimed to
enhance casting power.
The Vapen rods are available with two different
All Vapen rod
blanks are fast action and come equipped with X-Wrap blank technology that
involves counter-wrapping a layer of high-density carbon ribbon both inside and
outside of the blank to increase power. This also makes for an ultra-cool
looking pattern that you can faintly see on the blank. Locking your fly reel
into place are carbon fiber reel seats and custom anodized reel seat highlights.
Every Vapen rod comes covered by a lifetime warranty. Available in four piece
configuration from three through twelve weight sizes, these will carry a retail
price of $299.95 and $349.99. You can start looking for your own Vapen rod in
The Vapen Red Series with the golf style grip
Here's something special for you dry fly gurus out there. These classic yellow
fiberglass rods feature that soft, slow action that many anglers still prefer.
Rods in 4 and 5 weight sizes feature a traditional up-locking reel seat with
wood insert, while 2 and 3 weights feature a cork seat with sliding rings. Every
rod in the series comes with a durable Cordura rod tube and sock, and a lifetime
warranty. You can pick up one of these rods beginning in August for a retail
price of $249.95.
Dry fly fans apply here. The new fiberglass based
For the serious spey or switch rod enthusiast, Redington introduces the new
Dually series. Comprised of switch rods from 4 through 8 weight, and spey rods
in 6 to 8 weight sizes, these four piece sticks are made for big casts, big
mends, and big water.
The new Dually Series is exactly what the name
implies, a new series for spey or switch rod enthusiasts
These rods come
in a variety of lengths and feature a full cork handle and reel seat, along with
suggested line grain weights and alignment dots for easy piecing together. Every
rod comes with a Cordura rod tube and sock, along with a lifetime warranty.
Available in August at $249.95, Steelhead anglers will have plenty of time to
grab one before the big winter run begins!
The Dually rods look ideal for steelhead anglers
Redington continues to not only expand, but innovate. Along with the St. Croix
Legend X fly rods, the new Vapen Red series is the second rod we saw utilizing
something other than cork or cork composite for grip material. Like bass rods,
could this be the next big trend in fly rods? We aren't too sure about that yet,
but we do like what Redington is doing and hope to see even more from them later