Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rise Fishing Rod Demo

I'm very excited to have received a rod to test from Rise Fishing.  I was looking for an 8 weight rod to use in a variety of situations- sight fishing flats for carp and smallmouth, throwing streamers long distances for browns and steelhead in surf at river mouths, and possibly even rolling big flies at night for big trout.  I must thank Cameron Mortenson of The Fiberglass Manifesto for putting me in touch with Amanda Switzer at Rise Fishing.  He may be the Guru of Glass, but Cameron definitely has his ear to the ground in the world of fly fishing.

First impressions are positive- The case is sharp, the rod is a beautiful glossy dark blue blank, the reel fits snugly  in the seat with dual up-locking rings.  It seems to balance well, and I like the dual stripping guides.  I love the laser etched fish logo in the reel seat. I also like the fact that each rod comes with an extra tip section.  The ferrules fit very snugly without binding, and it has alignment dots.  I took it to the water front park in Boyne City on massive Lake Charlevoix.  I was able to punch some 40 foot casts, but the wind was blowing so hard that the ducks were struggling, so I'll have to wait to give it a proper test. I'll definitely take it back down there to chase some of the massive smallmouth that call this lake home.

I plan on giving this rod a workout at the Carp Derby being put on by The Northern Angler in Traverse City May 21.  I really hope to be able to lean into some Grand Traverse Bay golden bones with this one.  I'm also planning a "secret" outing to a more remote location later where it should really be put to the test.

Again, my thanks to Cameron, Amanda Switzer, and Rise Fishing.

1 comment:

  1. Amanda is the best! I should be getting my 6wt level series salt rod soon, I cant wait!!