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Nories Enters the High End Trout Market with Their Trout Program Stream 63 (continued)

Power: The boron/graphite composite blank of this stick is incredibly powerful for such a light action rod, yet not so powerful as to pull small hooks from the delicate mouths of trout during a battle. How well this stick walks that fine line is really something you have to fish to believe, but time and time again, I was able to subdue some really good sized trout with this stick never really questioning the eventual outcome.


This two-piece stick fishes like a one piece.

The Daiwa Exist Native Custom 1003H: Of course, part and parcel of the discussion of a rod's power, really, is the drag on the reel you are using. Adjusted to relatively light settings, the drag on the Daiwa Exist Native Custom 1003H was flawless and really, super smooth when battling these hard running, Eastern Sierra Trout.

 
Spooled with Sunline Shooter Invisible, the Native Custom 1003H turned out to be a fantastic find as well.

I lost count how many times each fish would make another run whenever we had them pulled up next to the boat. It was insane and enough to put any black bass to shame. These fish fought more like salmon and steelhead than any trout I had ever caught before.


Looks like we got another one!

 
The fish dives, but the Stream 63 has things under control.

Features: Aside from the afore mentioned boron/graphite composite blank, the Stream 63 features titanium framed SiC guides by Fuji, a custom reel seat, and top grade cork grips. I found nothing lacking in this rod's componentry.


The outcome was never in doubt...

 
... even with one last dive under the boat!

Application: Just the one successful trip for trout was all that I needed to sit down and begin writing this review. Back in my early days of bass fishing, I fished UL rods almost exclusively using a split shot rig caped by a 4" finesse worm. I would not hesitate one bit to use this rod for that technique. I think it would excel. Otherwise, certainly, it makes a fine trout stick no matter your intended technique for catching them. As a UL stick, the Stream 63 is very versatile.


Fuji Ti SiC guides throughout.

 
One last look at this beautiful UL stick.

Warranty: Not yet an official outlet for the Nories product, if you purchase this rod for use outside of Japan or Australia, you get zero warranty support. Such are the risks one assumes when importing products from foreign markets, but boy, am I ever glad I took that risk with this stick. 

 

Ratings:

Nories Trout Program Stream 63 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality About as close to perfection as you can get 9
Performance A really top performing stick 9
Price JDM + Boron + Graphite = you know the result (ouch!) 4.5
Features Top end components 9
Design (Ergonomics) Beautiful design and ergonomics 9
Application Anywhere you might need a UL stick, this one will do just fine 8

Total Score

8.58
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J High performing stick L Hard to get
J Beautiful cosmetics, clean lines L Very expensive
J UL fun at its best! L No hook keeper!

 


The first of many fish to come on the Nories Trout Program Stream 63

 

Conclusion: There is nothing quite like catching quality fish on ultra light tackle, so once we got into the fish and the Stream 63 showed it can easily hold its own, it was pretty much a done deal. After fishing this stick, I was left wondering why don't more domestic rod companies offer high end trout equipment that is not fly gear. Surely there must be a market for rods (and reels) like this? Then, at this year's ICAST we saw the likes of what G.Loomis and Phenix rods are bringing to the table. If you've grown weary of high end bass rods from across the pond and need something different and fun to bring that spice back into your arsenal, check out these trout offerings by Nories and rediscover the fun of fishing with ultra lights!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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