Monday, November 7, 2011

#5ive weight. Vintage grade.

The latest addition in the Dan Craft line of rods is the GXT Northwest Guide Extreme series. Just as the name sounds, this rod can take some amazingly extreme casts yet has awesome fishability. It's extremely smooth and easy to cast for a fast action rod and generates blazing line speed when you need to reach far 80-100 feet. Compared to the TCR or the Z-Axis the GXT can hold up to its own. I find it to have a very well balanced action from tip to butt and a very thin blank diameter. It has recently becomed my favorite go-to trout rod capable of throwing all kinds of flies, from dry flies to streamers. This five weight can handle many types of lines with ease. From the extreme distance SA XXD to a full sinking line I couldn't be more impressed. As long as this rod is around I would have to wipe the dust from my TCR from time to time. The only thing that stops me from selling some hi-end rods that I have is mainly for comparisons purpose and to show people that great rods don't always come at 700$.
Notice the well deserved beautiful components on it. Titanium plated hard chrome guides (most durable), my last black nickel Agate stripping guide (before Struble bought them) and Struble U20 reel seat with a special wood insert. The hand shaped full wells handle (slim) feels great with tumb on top during casting. Sage got it right on their new One series with this handle. The orange wraps coordinate with the amber stripping guide and reel seat.
I intend on keeping rods built on these blanks at around 450$ in 2012. For those who can't pay 700$ or more on a premium fast action rod these are serious performers for much less money. Available on special order only. From 3 to 10 weight (8'0" and 9'0"). If you love casting big distances or want a fishing rod that can do it all just get your hands on a Dan Craft GXT. No marketing bullshit involved. Thanks for looking!

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