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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To Nano, or not to Nano?

Big Y Fly Company Nano Rod
Nanotechnology - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, …..”
 
I was recently privileged to be allowed to test some new fly rod technology. I say new, but actually this technology has been around since at least 2007 or 2008. From my research, apparently the Chinese were primarily responsible for figuring out how to bind resins like carbon and glue to end up with a much stronger, harder product that could be wrapped and tapered into a very flexible, resistant and functional fly rod. The Nano rod was designed to not only compete but out preform the current marketplace rods.
 
Believe it or not, there are expensive fly rod companies out there placing their labels onto these Nano technology rods. They are charging tremendous amounts of money ($600-$1,000) for the same rod which you can now buy for much, much less. I have found that what you now see labeled as “IM 12 technology” is Nano.
 
I took my new Nano rod recently to the Elk River in Fernie, BC, Can. The fly fishing was only so, so, but the rod was GREAT! The Elk is a typical large western river. It was a great place to try out this rod because its (the Elk's) characteristics are such that you need to really lay out casts in certain areas and place them tight in others. Mending, stripping and twitching are absolutely necessary if you are to catch anything. So this rod really got a workout.

Not only did I test it out, but so did a few of my fishing buddies who are experienced casters. “Stretch” from Kansas correctly called it “a really great value”. For my friend “Shotgun” living in Norman, OK and part time in Trestle Creek, ID it was a “most pleasurable and stimulating experience.” From “The Contractor” in Selle Valley, ID “it made even a less experienced caster like me feel like I knew what I was doing.” And last but not least from the obviously seasoned fly fisher at our take out point “I will no longer pay hundreds for a quality fly rod.”
 
And what did I think? This was as good a 5 weight rod as I have ever fished. The action was incredible and I could put the fly into the exact place I wanted effortlessly. Even punching into the wind was easy. Now the plastic insert in the reel seat was a little well…, but the up-locking reel seat was more than adequate. Who really cares about the reel seat anyway other than does it adequately and securely hold your fly reel onto the rod? The answer, “yes, absolutely.”
 
Now the next logical question: “What about the warranty?” There is no way one can guarantee an inexpensive rod like this. Not so! I posed this question to the Big Y Fly Company, the retailer allowing the rod trials. Here was their reply:
 

“We, too love that rod.  The link is to our warranty:"

So really, how can one go wrong with a deal like this? Go to the Big Y Fly Company link and check out their NEW Nano rods. Different sizes and weights are available. I am really convinced that fly rods of the future are going to be considerably less expensive and of better quality. If you don’t like the reel seat, email me and I’ll tell you how to change it out. It is simple. While on the Big Y website, check out the great fly values as well—a review coming in a different blog post.
 
Hard takes, tight lines and bent Nano rods forever.
 
 
 

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