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ICAST 2021 Coverage


Programmed for Performance: New Denali Android Rods


Date: 7/23/21
Location: Orlando, Fl
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Denali
Reviewer: Wolbugger

It’s astonishing to think that my first encounter with Denali Rods was just over 10 years ago when I spent some time fishing their Jadewood 843WJ casting rod. At the time, all Denali rods were adorned with different types of wood foregrips which was really a unique, classy design feature in the world of bass rods. Since then, Denali has pushed forward and not only drastically changed the look of their rods, but vastly expanded their offerings as well. At ICAST 2021, we found out that their lineup is growing even more with the launch of a new rod series along with a refresh to an existing one.


Denali has a bright new rod series, meet the Android


The Android rods are silver from blank to seat


Denali Android Series: The cosmetics of these rods instantly grab your attention. As the newest premium offering from Denali, these feature plenty of bling and do look quite stunning in person. Starting down at the handles, each model receives a split foam grip along with a custom reel seat design. Both the spinning and casting reel seats have plenty of open areas to allow for added blank contact and sensitivity.


Check out the reel seat


How about that color scheme? Denali used plenty of metallic plating from the handle up through the blank for a downright futuristic vibe.


The Androids are based on 36-ton multi-directional blanks


Android rods are built upon 36-Ton multi-directional blanks to offer the angler lightweight sensitivity. To further boost performance and feel while shaving weight, Denali opted to go with titanium guides secured by complimenting silver wraps.


A look at the spinning seat and fore-nut


The new Android rods are sure to stand out this season


Denali will be making these rods available sometime between late 2021 into early 2022. Six models will initially be offered which includes four casting rods and two spinning models. Expect a price of $399.99.


The Lithium Pro rods get a refresh and look a lot cleaner


Lithium Pro Refresh: Current Lithium rods will be getting refreshed in the form of the upcoming Lithium Pro series. One of the most visible changes includes a removal of the silver wrapping found on the current Lithium rods which is said to result in about a 20% reduction in overall weight. In addition, there will be new semi-micro guides along with new handle styles.


The new Lithium Pro rods are now significantly lighter


To the delight of some anglers, a few longer rods will even feature full rear grips. The current Lithium model specs will carry over into Lithium Pro, but there will be 7’2” MH crank, 7’6” MH crank, and 7’4” XH rods added. We were notified that the rod’s looks were not absolutely 100% finalized yet, so a few added tweaks may still be on the horizon. Look for these rods to be available late 2021 into early 2022 and be priced at $199.










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