The RAW freshwater series of fly rods feature an ultra-high modulus prepreg of 65 and 57 MSI fibres held together with an extremely strong nano resin. This resin is so strong they were able to reduce the resin content to half of what would normally be used by competitors. This reduces weight and increases the amount you feel through the blank. The rods are fitted with customised machine cut skeletal reel seats with double locking rings and stabilised timber inserts. The stripping guide is a titanium framed SIC and the guides are custom light wire single foot guides. The rod actions are fast while still maintaining enough feel to drop a tiny dry at close range off the rod tip.
Let’s face it, die-cast reels are intended to be low-cost alternatives to machined reels, right? Imported. Heavier. Easier to damage. Plain Jane. Well . . . not anymore. When creating Liquid, we focused purely on the virtues and advantages a pressure-cast process can offer. Structurally, you can do things with casting that you can’t machine: Full-radius compound curves. Near zero-radius inside corners. And for a precision fit and finish, we even go back and machine the cast part in critical areas—amplifying the best aspects of both worlds. We pushed back on other boundaries as well. How much of a reel at this cost can we make here in the US.? Quite a lot, as it turns out. It’s a good mix, too. Liquid’s high-quality castings are imported, but the components critical to the drag system are CNC-machined in the US. Liquid reels are assembled in Boise alongside our highest-priced reels. No other price pointed reel can boast this much US content and quality oversight.
Format: Large Arbor
Materials: Pressure Cast Aluminum Frame and Spool
Finish: Polyurethane Case and Spool
Drag: Sealed Conical Drag
50% US Manufactured, 100% Idaho Built
With all the fly lines on the market today, it’s often a case of where do I start when it comes decide the correct taper, coatings, cores, etc for your floating line. Buying a fly line is a significant investment in something that you may or may not get right and you can see there could be some hesitation, unless you’ve had chance to find something you like.
At the other end of the scale, you have your lower priced fly lines and mill ends, but sometimes these can lack in performance and age quickly, making them a line that ends up being replaced often. The Airflo Forge seeks to address these issues and give you a fly line you can enjoy at a price level that won’t break the bank.
With a total head length of 40’ and a working head length of between 33’ to 42’, it is an extremely versatile performer that will work for all levels of casting ability. A relatively long front taper of 8’ (Inc. tip) allows for smooth turnover and precise deliveries, superb for nymphs, dries and any top of the water presentation.
The line has a pleasant Warm olive head colour that will help reduce any line flash in the air. A sunrise yellow running line allows you to easily see the transition at the rear taper and help you gauge the optimal amount of line to aerialise when going for distance. The surface on the Forge line is ultra-smooth to the touch and holds a dry lubrication system that not only improves casting performance, but also helps significantly with water repulsion – a key factor in improving floatation and helps with smooth lift offs when covering rising fish.
The core is a braided multi filament, similar to those found in top end PVC fly lines – if you’re already used to fly lines with a stretch, this will have a similar feel to the lines you may have used previously.
Vendor: Manic Tackle Project