13 Fishing Integrates
Carbon into their Enthusiast BOSS Reels and FUSE Rods
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Introduction: 13 Fishing continues to be one of the most progressive
tackle companies, and is willing to make bold moves when it comes to use of new
materials, approaching tackle design with a fresh set of design philosophies,
and pushing the envelope in sheer fun factor. This year the company has
literally fused carbon into their enthusiast offerings with the Concept BOSS
baitcasters and FUSE Rods.
One of the reels I'm really excited to fish post ICAST is
the new C13 Fishing Concept BOSS
the BOSS? 13 Fishing's new flagship reel, the Concept BOSS, started to
appear on e-tail and retail shelves right before ICAST this year and makes use
of CZB COMP spool bearings and a H.A.M. high tensile strength main gear, paired
with a high spin spool shaft to deliver the longest casting performance of any
13 Fishing reel to date.
The Concept BOSS reels feature all of the most advanced 13
Fishing technologies as well as a few new ones including BOSS garage series
component design including carbon handle arms and even carbon fiber knobs
total of 11 bearings, both high performance black seal corrosion resistant high
spin bearings and CZB, the BOSS is designed to deliver the smoothest feel of all
13 reels as well. The reel looks very high-end with the carbon swept handle arm
and aggressively ported spools. Look closer at the BOSS and anglers will notice
that even the knobs on the 8.1:1 reel are constructed out of carbon fiber.
The BOSS is a stealthy looking reel
Concept BOSS also comes in a slower more powerful 6.1:1 model. This power reel
comes loaded with a deeper spool and longer 100mm handle, versus the 90mm handle
on the 6.6:1 model. Mounted on the longer handle are large BFG power knobs, just
like the ones used on last seasons Concept TXZ inshore reel.
CZB Comp bearings are used to improve casting
reels are all constructed on a one piece high density aluminum frame and have
the beetle wing side plate which provides access to the 6 way centrifugal
Want more power? There is a 6.6:1 power model
Concept BOSS 8.1:1 reels will be available in both right and left hand retrieve,
while the 6.6:1 mode will only be available in right hand configuration. The
Concept BOSS reels are available now, and retail for $400 dollars each. Though I
really like the stealthy black styling, and especially the carbon fiber knobs, I
am tempted to add a splash of color to the reels, and it is good to know that
the reels are fully Trick Shop compatible.
I really like the unique drag star on the 6.6:1 BOSS
Carbon Rods: As materials used in rod making have advanced they have become
stronger, more sensitive, and exhibit superior actions. 13 Fishing decided it
was time to approach things from a different angle, and not only use the most
advanced materials in which to build a rod but also approach the build in a
completely new way.
In order to build the most
sensitive rod possible 13 Fishing created the new Fuse Carbon Series by forging
from a proprietary carbon fusion process to create an entirely one piece rod
from blank to handle.
The new Carbon Fuse rods are quite unlike any other rod
build to date and fuses carbon components together with high heat and pressure
applied to a CNC mold
seamless construction eliminates the loss of vibration through epoxy or in the
surface contact between the individual components found on traditional rods. The
new FUSE Carbon rods are designed to telegraph even the most subtle contact on
the end of the line. Fusing all of the components together not only gives
anglers improved sensitivity, it also is designed to improve the strength to
There will be only two models, one casting and one
spinning, limited and individually numbered 1-1500
The FUSE Carbon's fusion manufacturing process is now patent pending, and the
blank used on the rods is comprised of Japanese PVG46T construction fused to the
company's Evolve Carbon Handle and Carbon Divide reel seats. To finish these
rods 13 Fishing decided to go with Fuji Titanium K Frame Guides with SIC inserts
for optimal performance and balance.
Post ICAST I look forward to fishing the new Concept BOSS
reels and seeing how their hybrid design performs
There will only be two FUSE Carbon rods that will officially launch in a few
hours, a 7'2" ML Fast action spinning rod dated 4-10lbz and with a 1/8-3/8oz.
lure rating and a 7'4" MH Extra Fast casting rod with a 12-20lbs. line rating
and 3/8-1oz. lure rating. Both of these rods will retail for $450 each and will
be limited and individually number 1-1500. Together with the Concept BOSS reels
these might be the most exciting new enthusiast setup of the season.