Shimano Spinning Rods – 2009 Guide

Shimano spinning rods are without doubt among the worlds best and are trend setters within the fishing tackle industry. In company with the sports fishermen used as consultants, they are making new and innovative products, for new and exciting fishing forms. Regardless of wishes or thickness of the wallet you will find a shimano spinning rod which suits your needs.

Here is a quick presentation of shimanos 2009 spinning/ casting rods:

Aspire BX Spinning

How to improve a rod which was considered as a mile stone within rod production? It was not easy, but Shimano is accustomed to though challenges. first of all there were used Biofibre in the rod material to provide low weight and extreme strength. Fuji developed new sizes of the Low Rider rod rings, and with a handle of Power Cork and insertion of Fossil Wood in the reel attachment, the series was a masterpiece. A light, strong, beautiful and extreme long casting rod which sport fishermen on any level would put on top of their wish list. Exist in 4 models and is delivered with rod cover and rod tube with leather details.

Antares BX Spinning

Upgraded model of Antares Spinning, now with new materials and elegant cosmetic changes. The carbon material is changed to the ever more exclusive XT-200 Carbon, which in addition to Biofibre has made the clings even more durable and light. also Antares BX Spinning will from now on be equipped with Fossil Wood in the reel attachment and on other details have Power Cork handles and Aero Guide Concept with Fuji rod rings. The series have of course still micro adjustable reel attachment, exclusive rod covers and transport tube. Antares BX Spinning comes in 6 models from 7 to 11 feet, all 2-parted.

Diaflash XT-A Spinning

Diaflash XT-A is a complete and innovative rod series from Shimano, loaded with new details. This is extremely exciting rods, where the Vibralock construction effective moderate unwanted vibrations in the rod materials during casting and working the fish. The construction is of the Shadow Diaflash type with use of XT-200 graphite, biofibre as materials, TI-Lite rings and Fossil Wood reel attachment. Lower handle is covered with leather, Power Leather, and additionally there is weights for individual adaption of the rods balance. The series exist in 11 models, is 3-parted (210ML is 2-parted) and is delivered with rod covers and rod tube.

Diaflash ST-A Spinning

Diaflash ST-A is a price favourably alternative within the Diaflash-concept. Shimano is here using XT-100 graphite and has made it as a 2-parted construction. The series have TI-lite rings, biofibre, cork handles, Dyne Butt and the possibility to balance the rod with weights(extras). Diaflash ST-A exist in 9 models and is delivered with rod cover.

Aerocast Spinning

Shimano has good tradition for leading the development with changing standards and unwritten laws within design and production of fishing tackle. Here it is, the new developed rod series Aerocast Spinning. None has earlier been able to produce a spinning rod with oval rod materials- until now. The slightly oval rod material gives the possibility for action changes during casting and working the fish, this done by twisting the rod in relation to the pressure direction. One has therefore two different actions in the same rod, something which should be any sport anglers dream.

In this series Shimano employ XT-200 Carbon plus Biofibre that settled elastic actions combined with low weight. The design is in general minimalistic and exclusive, with details as Power Cork, micro adjustable reel attachment with Fossil Wood insertion and Aero Guide Concept with Fuji Alconite rings. The series is 3-parted and suits therefore well to what many sport fishermen feels is optimal (7 footer is 2-parted). Aerocast Spinning is in 7 models from 7 to 10 feet, rod cover and transport tube is of course included.

Speedmaster AX Spinning

New and upgraded version of the bestseller Speedmaster Spinning, still a complete unique series without compromises. This is fast actions combined with raw strength, where the rods specific gravity is held amazingly low. New is TI-lite rings, XT-100 graphite combined with Biofibre, Shadow Diaflash-technology and Fuji IPS reel attachment. Power Cork handles and spigot joints. Speedmaster AX Spinning is 2-parted and is delivered with rod covers/ transport tubes. Exist in 9 models from 6 to 11 feet.

Technium DF BX Spinning

Upgraded model of Technium DF spinning, now with lower weight, new materials and cosmetic improvements. This is still the widest rod series, all with slim clings combined with delicious design. The Df-signature with Technium represents the DIAFLASH-construction. This acknowledged rod production from Shimano is one of the markets strongest and can be used under the most demanding situations.

TechniumDF BX is equipped with Shimanos super light Hardlite rod rings, but is from now on changed to a setup in accordance with the Aero Guide Concept. The material in the core is upgraded to XT-100 Carbon and Biofibre, therefore is lighter weight and even more distinct actions than before. Furthermore, the series have received a new ergonomic reel attachment and Power Cork. The spinning version of Technium DF BX exist in 12 versions from the lightest freshwater fishing to heavy salmon fishing. The series is generally 2-parted, but every salmon rods(SL) are 3-parted.

Beatmaster BX Spinning/Casting

These rods have been on of the most important sales successes in the entire history of Shimano. The BeastMaster concept was sort of a revolution and took the market with storm. One of the limitations of the original material was the weight. It was a bit higher than ordinary graphite, but in rewards much stronger. With the introduction of Biofibre the AX-model overcome this limit,the rods became extreme light and fast, but still with the incredible strength as the former model. In addition was the rod materials slimmer and the action more determined. Now is the 3 generation finally ready; Beastmaster BX.

The most eye catching change is the new Vibra Spot reel attachment, where one achieve direct contact with the rod material. Furthermore, is there a possibility to balance the rod with Shimano Balance Weight. This Shimano spinning rods series have additionally Shimano SIC SS rings, XT-60 graphite with Biofibre and cork handles. It is delivered with rod cover and exist now in totally 14 spinning models and 6 casting models.

Nexave BX Spinning

Rods developed in cooperation with the production section in Elbe Normark. All rods are 3-parted for easy transport, have reinforced joints and actions perfectly suited for trout, sea trout- and lighter salmon fishing. Exist in 7 lengths from 7 to 16 feet, where the 16′ is delivered with Slide’n Grip reel attachment.

ForceMaster Spinning

Rods with thin blanks and light rings combined with a delicious design. Lots of cheap rods with poor quality dominates the lower price segments. Shimano have for a long time studied how to produce a relatively cheap rod which has the features as expected of a good fishing rod, without costing too much. The answer has arrived and is called Force Master. We believe it will be hard or near impossible to find better rods on the market in the same price range. The new “Master” technology with the new “Fine Crystal Carbon” fibres makes it possible to produce better rods- without increasing the price. The series characteristics is being light and strong, and who has said that cheap rods necessarily has to be boring ?

Catana BX Spinning

Catana BX consists of 7 models and gives a good selection of rods to many fishing situations, from ultra light freshwater fishing to sea and salmon fishing. The rod material is made of a mixture of XT-30 and XT-40 Carbon. This gives fast and sensitive rods with hidden forces which easily tames wild fish. They are equipped with a new developed Shimano reel attachment which as to say sneaks into you hand during fishing. Ceramic rod rings set up after Shimanos Aero Guide system gives long controlled casts.

Alivio BX Spinning

Upgraded version of the Alivio-series, with a powerful expansion of the model selection. Now Alivio BX is presented as a complete series which range from the lightest freshwater fishery to salmon- and sea trout fishery. Notice that this economy series from now on is equipped with Vibra Spot reel attachment. Other features are XT30/XT40 graphite, Shimano HL SS rod rings and cork handles. Comes in 17 models from 6’to 11′.

X-PTA AX Spinning

Rod series produced in AeroGlass with Power Tip for maximum strength. The usage of AeroGlass in the rod material gives the strength as traditional glass fibre, but with much less weight. This is rods for though and heavy fishing for sea fish, salmon and pike. Delivered in 5 models from 8’to 10′. All rods have cork handles and a very affordable price.

XAX Spinning

Economy series in good Shimano quality. Typical “labour horses” constructed in AeroGlass. Comes in 2 casting versions and for usage of bait casting reels or spin cast reels. Truly a rod series which gives you full credit for your money. 5 models from 7’to 10′.

XFX BX Spinning

XFX is still the cheapest rod alternative from Shimano. The XFX series have many fans with their good casting characteristics and durability to a price that everyone can live with, regardless of the thickness of the wallet. This year the rods comes with a new design, have still EVA handles and is delivered in 5 models from 6’to 9′.

Hope you have got some clues to pick the right shimano spinning rods to your fishing adventures.

Source by Harald Hoel

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