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FLY RODS REVIEW
By Mike Davis
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand,
He's a regular
Mike Davis is one of New
ly fishers of his
teaches and as
of the Rotorua
store isavalued ly tackle selector for the
re you looking to take your fly fishing to the next level?
Have you ever wanted to cast further distances with tighter
Until now, high modulus, high end fly rods have been The RAW series of fly rods feature an ultra-high
reasonably expensive to buy. All that is about to change with modulus prepreg of 65 and 57 MSI fibres held together with an extremely
the new "Primal" range that has just landed in store.
Come on down to your local Hunting& Fishing New Zealand store and to reduce the resin content to half of what would normally be used by
ask to give the new Primal rod a cast. I'm sure you will be highly impressedcompetitors. This reduces weight and increases the amount you feel through
by the look, feel and actions of the rods.
At $500, the Primal rod punches well above its weight, more importantlyThe rods are fitted with customised machine cut skeletal reel seats, with
it could be a significant milestone on the road to becoming a more successful double locking rings and stabilised timber inserts. The stripping guide is a
angler. The Primal rod range makes a fantastic upgrade option for anglers titanium framed SIC and the guides are custom light wire single foot guides.
who are looking to make the next step up, after having got into fly fishing
with one of the "start out" Airflo packages.
I was really impressed when we went out and fished the 5 and 6 weight 4weight, with 5,6,7 and 8 weights which are
rods on our local King Country rivers. The 5 weight is a stunning summer
time back country rod on small to medium size rivers and streams. The 6
weight, with more punch, will be a fantastic South Island river rod or double Saltwater Fly Series-MEGA
up as a great summer lake rod around the central North Island.
For those who enjoy the technology aspect offly rods, at the heartof saltwater predators, from our local kingfish
all Primal rods is a helical core of Nano matrix prepreg. In simple terms, theand kahawai through to chasing the
first layer at the core of the fly rods are off-axis fibres that give the rods
incredible hoop strength, as well as torsional stability. This makes the rods
not only strong, but means they cast a very smooth tight loop with very little of the rod will maximise your chances
ip bounce and exceptional tracking.
Less sideways movement of the rod blank while casting means more with clean, powerful and
accurate, smoother casting.
strong nano resin. This resin is so strong the manufacturers were able
The rod actions are fast while still maintaining enough feel to drop a tiny
dry at close range off the rod tip. The freshwater rod range includes an 8'6"
all 9' long. All of the rods are 4pce.
The MEGA series is built to handle aggressive
different species in the tropics.
Once again, the improved tracking
when chasing the ocean fish species
The 57MSI blanks have optimal
wall diameters to maximise lifting
power without compromising the rod's
casting ability. The reel seats are fully
At $500, the Primal rod punches wel
above its weight, more importantly it could snake guides. The saltwater series are
be a significant milestone on the road to
becoming a more successful angler
machined aluminium with titanium SIC
stripper guides and corrosion resistant
all 4pce, and come in 8,9, 10 and 12
weight, all in 9ft. Primal Fly Rods are the
latest brand to come from Manic Tackle's
house of brands. They deliver a high
premium performance and quality finish in a
customised range designed for New Zealand
angters at an affordable price.
Trading Terms & Finance Options-see page 247