Some of the Reliant multi-piece conventional rods are changing a bit in 2019 and we have a limited stock which we are offering at super pricing as an introduction and welcome to our new RFTGear project!
Sometimes we fish with conventional gear. Sometimes conditions and certain situations favor it. Like so many others we know, the approach is every bit as serious and the preparation just as meticulous as when we fish with fly.
When we started fishing seatrout on the Scandinavian coast nearly 30 years ago, our friends in Denmark were building their own spinning rods from carbon/glass composite fly rod blanks. They knew exactly the action they wanted and it apparently wasn’t available in a factory-made spinning rod.
Fly rod feel and conventional performance
When we decided to build a few Reliant multi-piece conventional rods for the coast, we had certain, specific criteria in mind. Naturally we thought back to this light, parabolic action everyone wanted. We also wanted to build them so that we and all our friends would want to fish with them. Finally, we knew we had to build them with the same quality and attention to detail found in modern fly rods.
There are very few two-piece fly rods remaining on the market today. Blank and Ferrule construction has advanced to the point that 4-, 5- and 6- piece rods perform just was well as those with fewer sections. We knew we had to make our conventional rods following the same formula. The problem to solve was the handle. Coast anglers want a long rear handle and we quickly figured out that the more sections our blanks had, the less room we would have to work with for the handle design.
Revolutionary “S” model
The first “S” models all featured interchangeable “+” handle extensions to create different overall handle lengths. The screw-connection is unique to Reliant rods and is fail-proof. The main reason for the “+” butt extension was always to move the first ferrule away from the end of the handle. This allows for a multi-piece rod with a long-handle without creating a weak-point at the front of the grip. Only Reliant multi-piece Spinning and Casting rods offer this feature. The short butt extension was actually an afterthought to give folks who fished from the boat or a float tube a shorter handle alternative.
The models below have been around since 2014 and we have documented comments from those who have fished them hard for the last five years and will incorporate some of their recommendations when the new models reappear in 2019. This is the last chance to own one of the originals.