Sorry for taking so long to get back to you BUT - boy was the wait worth it.
That rod is amazing. I tried out the 6wt Impact no-butt version and OMG is about all I can say. It is so effortless and so easy on my ulnar tendon, which has taken a beating over the years. The Impact rod has given me so much more fishing time without fatigue. I don't want to use any other rod any more - especially for medium stream/small river fishing. Also can't wait to get it out on the BC interior lakes. Thank you once again for putting me at the cutting edge of angling technology!
When I first opened the rod tube and handled the sections, it was easy to see that this rod is finished as well as any rod made by other high-end manufacturers. The two stripper guides, and, the remaining snake guides and tip-top are flawlessly wrapped and finished. The blank is the same non-glare, matte-gray finish found on many high-end rods and it is much slimmer than many rods of this designation from others on the market. The separate sections feature discreet alignment dots The rod handle is a functional, easy-to-grip burl cork composite that should be more efficient in adverse conditions when casting. I like its rugged look and it should be more durable than the cork and glue filled handles one sees on most rods these days. The up-locking reel seat on this rod model features a non-glare, gray satin finish with two easy-to-twist knurled locking rings.
When I put the rod together, I was amazed at its lightness in hand. It was like handling a Loomis GLX for the first time, so many years ago. Although listed at 4.6 ounces- a full ounce and a half heavier than the TFO BVK in the same line size, it felt much lighter than the stated weight. I have 5 weight fly rods that feel heavier in the hand than this Impact. I surmise that the weight of the blank is geared more toward the butt and that the burl cork handle may add to the equation.
The key features I look for when casting a fly rod is the ability able to cast smooth and efficient narrow loop and the ease of performing various change-of- direction casts with the least expended energy on my part. I also look for low swing weight- the indescribable feel of the rod tip and line weight as one casts the rod- as casting for Atlantic salmon fish all day can be a tiring proposition. Many rods on the market lack feel and are too stiff for my liking. Their costs are prohibitive, too! What I look for in a good rod is the ability to feel the back cast to ensure the rod is loaded to its maximum so I can make more efficient forward casts. A good rod should be able to able to perform well at all distances and do so with good tracking.
The Impact rod exceeded all my expectations. It cast easily throughout all the distances I fish. It is a super-easy loading rod that felt like it did the work for me. I had no trouble firing absolutely the narrowest of loops at distance and the rod response when performing curve, reach, and change-of- direction casts were phenomenal. There was also no discernible torsion in the rod as I made these directional casts. The rod has amazingly low swing weight for its line designation. The big benefit of the rod is that over-powering is not required as the slowest of rod strokes is transferred immediately to the rod tip and, hence, the line. Although it is designated as fast action, this should refer to the line speed achievable with this rod. The Impact rod, in my mind, is medium fast action. Incidentally, I paired the rod with the TFO # 7 line and it worked flawlessly. This is a true line designation for this rod model and there is no need to use half to full line upsizing, as is the case with many other rods. The line is low-profile in nature and offers less air resistance when casting against the wind. You can’t beat the price either!
I recommend the Impact rod wholeheartedly and I definitely will pick up another, a 9 weight for fishing larger wets and dries for Atlantic salmon here in Newfoundland and Labrador. I’ll give a full round up of the rod, after playing some fish with it, this upcoming season. Come on June 1!!!!!!!!
Rob Solo, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and Labrador
Fast, fully progressive flex rods with no compromises.
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