Our goal was to beat our 3 favourite 9' #5 rods. They were;

  • Sage XP
  • Loop Cross S1
  • Hardy Swift Mk 1 (9' #4 - a #5 nowadays)

The rod had to be schizophrenic. It needed to be a 3 weight one day and a 6 weight another day. Sometimes in the same day. We broke it down. The goals:

  • No hingeing between the mid and tip section (what kept the Cross S1 from the top spot)
  • Bend into the handle
  • Load very short and become a 3 weight when needed
  • Cast very long distances with lures when needed
  • Feel like a parabolic full flex rod
  • Cast into Icelandic winds (this was just for Tom!)
  • Protect light tippets
  • Handle long heads and distance casting strokes 


  • Weight : 101g
  • 4 piece unground natural carbon blank
  • K series anti friction strippers
  • Balanced full flex action 
  • Birds eye maple wood reel seat
  • Anodised aluminium reel seat with anti jam threads
  • Alignment dots
  • Aluminium tube
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