Best New Fly Rod
This was a straight cross-Atlantic fight between the USA and Europe. From the USA came the eventual winner Redington with the Vapen Red (pictured). The makers say it represents the ‘next evolution’ in rod design thanks to its use of a custom polymer handle instead of cork. It was joined by the Sage METHOD, which Sage says has been designed for the most demanding anglers on the planet. Finally, there was the ultra-versatile G.Loomis PRO4X Nymph, which is said to have the strength to prevail in any situation.
From Europe came a new and comprehensive range of Shakespeare rods, the Oracle EXP. They were joined by Scierra’s HMX Switch, which, its makers say, ‘is really two rods in one’. Find out why by clicking the link below. And, finally there was the Ventus XF from EFTTEX newcomer from Poland, FishingArt.