Asquith fly rod series now on sale in US and Canada
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The new Asquith Series, a result of a joint enterprise involving Shimano technology and G. Loomis fly rod expertise, is now appearing in select tackle shops across the US and Canada.
With rods to target trout, bass, salmon, steelhead and saltwater species, the Asquith line-up includes nine ‘all water’ rods in nine foot, four through to 12 weights, and five spey versions offered in a 12’ 9” #6, 13’ #7, 13’ 6” #8, 14’ #9 and 15’ #10.
They are designed with blanks that have been rolled using Shimano’s proprietary Spiral X process at its production facility in Kumamoto, Japan, and finished at the G. Loomis factory in Woodland, Washington.
“We are making a bold statement with Asquith,” said world champion fly caster and chief G. Loomis rod designer, Steve Rajeff. “By collaborating with my Shimano fishing rod associates at our world headquarters in Sakai City and Kumamoto, we are able to bring together cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and materials with proven G. Loomis actions and design.
“With fast actions and generous power levels, the Asquith rods excel in situations where developing high line speed and making precise casts are important. They are built and designed for demanding conditions and technical fishing environments to provide fly anglers with rods that offer exceptional casting distance, pinpoint accuracy, a lighter than expected blank and reduced blank twist.”
The Spiral X technology creates a rod blank that uses Shimano’s carbon fibre Infinity Tape core layer, a longitudinal middle of Musclecarbon to form a base structure to improve efficiency and performance and finished with a reverse-axis Infinity Taper outer layer. This patented construction process increases rigidity to reduce twist without adding weight.
The trout-focused #4, #5 and #6 feature custom bamboo/aluminium reel seats, while the #7 through to #12 have saltwater-friendly aluminium ones with Shimano’s light C14+ material inserts. The guide train on all these includes Titanium SIC Sea Guide strippers with REC Recoil snake guides.
Also with C14+ insert aluminium reel seats and Titanium SC Sea Guide strippers, the #6 to #10 Asquith spey rods have ‘Snake brand’ double-plated chrome snake guides.
Rajeff added that during the extensive rod development, the Asquith four to six weights performed best when matched with either Airflo Elite or Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout lines. For freshwater situations with up to the eight weight, Rajeff suggests the Airflo Exceed and Streamer Float, while the seven through to 12 weights in the salt call for an Airflo Tropical Punch or Scientific Anglers Mastery Bonefish Taper and Mastery Tarpon Taper lines.
Two Asquith fly reels will be available soon, designed and built by Shimano. The three to four weight and seven to eight weight models feature Shimano’s Hagane body, a sealed drag system and C14+ material handle. Both have two shielded ARB (anti-rust) bearings.