Reliant Fishing Tackle

Seatrout Season has already started for some Scandinavian anglers.  Depending on the location it’s just around the corner for the rest.  Right now you can use the coupon season19 to take an additional 15% off any Reliant product on this page. Get your gear sorted out and get out to the coast!

Sometimes we fish with conventional gear. Sometimes conditions and certain situations favor it.  Like so many others we know, we like the flexibility.  We can cover a lot of water and it’s every bit as serious as when we fish with fly.

We started fishing Seatrout on the Scandinavian coast nearly 30 years ago.  Back then 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.

When we decided to build a few Reliant conventional rods for the coast, we had 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 are introduced. This is the last chance to own one of the originals.

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