Saltwater fly fishing around Auckland

Kilwell Xantu Fly Rod Review

This review is a bit of a “slow train coming” (title of an interesting album from Bob Dylan) as I had a sample of a new generation technology fly rod that Kilwell launched in late 2014 . The model  was a 9ft 6 inch  8 weight in 4 pieces.  I fished with it on three occasions, the last and most notable being chronicled in my post Shallow Water Kingfish .

My friend Alan Bulmer has also reviewed the rod on his site (http://activeanglingnz.com/2015/03/27/kilwell-xantu-96-8-weight-rod-review/) and was keen for me to give it a go before it was forwarded onto another candidate for review.

First some images!

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The blank is made by Kilwell in their Rotorua factory incorporating Xantu.Layer material developed by Revolution Fibres , a nano technology company based in West Auckland. This gives it increased strength,  up to twice as strong as conventional construction, with no perceptible increase in weight. In a saltwater scenario this means a lighter rod  can handle the same loads as a much heavier one.

 

 

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