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Old 08-13-2004, 01:25 PM
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OK Leland & Juro - time to fess up ... what's the scoop on the Pacifica?!! I saw the thread on WAFlyfishers, and I'm sure there are more than a few interested folks!
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Old 08-13-2004, 02:10 PM
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This is an ongoing project but currently shifted out by several other projects in queue - not because we aren't psyched up for it but because there is more going on right now in R&D than we can handle in the Spey front alone!

However we are in final production of a lightweight IM8 11ft'er that throws 9/10wt shooting heads to 115-125ft without much trouble for reaching cruising coho and fishing along kelp lines from shore. It's light enough to get a good battle from a resident coho but also tough enough not to have to break off a fall king just to save your flyline like a 6wt.

This is the Atlantis All-around, 11ft 3-pc 9/10wt two-hand IM8. It weighs just over 7 oz despite the overhead casting flora cork handle, Fuji hard chrome SiC strippers and titanium frame tip guide.

I will be sending some out to shops in the Seattle area in late August - early September with plenty of time to catch the migration. Just please use the big Atlantis for chum

So far my favorite setup has been an airflo 10wt 35ft shooting head on a slick shooter running line - this setup goes a l-o-n-g way but the rod is light and even smaller fish are good sport.

Additional saltwater two-handers are in the plan, of which one is more suited to cutthroats and resident coho in a 7/8 weight range. This is the one I assume you are referring to. It will not be completed until 2005 due to the number of irons we have in the fire currently.

Prototypes will be available earlier, Leland will be field testing ahead of final production.

Thanks for the inquiry.
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Old 08-13-2004, 02:43 PM
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Juro,
Thanks. Can't wait to check 'em out! Will be hard to choose. I think most of the year, the smaller version would serve us up well, but come fall with the migratory fish returning, the bigger stick sounds like ticket. choices, choices....
Keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 08-15-2004, 11:15 AM
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Please do not leave out the BC market.

A few guys have building their own customs for this application. IMO this idea is over due for the Island beach guys.

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Old 09-01-2004, 01:53 AM
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Juro,
Forgive my ignorance, but when you mention throwing heads 115- 125ft are you talking overhead casting; not speycasting from the beach are you? What shops in Seattle will have the first of these?

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Old 09-01-2004, 06:43 AM
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Sirfishalot -

Yes, these rods are specifically made for overhead casting and are just 11ft long but with a handle that really puts the line into play. 115-125ft is a common distance with the lighter of the two models dubbed the "All-around" while the larger rod, the Surf-tamer has thrown well over 150ft in capable hands.

All-around 11ft 9/10wt WF (spey equiv. 6/7wt) just over 7oz
Surf-tamer 11ft 11/12wt WF (spey equiv 8/9wt) just over 8oz

Both IM8 exclusive aerospace graphite with premium components from a solid titanium frame on the SiC tip down to the hard chrome Fuji SiC strippers and Flora cork. Each rod has an accurate fish ruler on the blank for inspiration, the Surf-tamer boasts a 42" measure so think big.

You may be aware that tournament two-handed rods have thrown over 250 ft but they are hardly fishable, they weigh a ton and are as long as telephone poles. Atlantis rods provide a compromise between a distinct casting advantage and practical all-day fishability in their lightweight power.

They are made for overhead casting, but just as spey casting rods will overhead cast these rods do throw tight little spey casts with the right lines, I favor the Scandinavian lines and casting stroke with these 11ft IM8 rods because they are quite fast because of the overhead design. The Hardy Mach I and short spey lines are quite nice on these rods and I prefer this length and power for big strong fish like chinook and chum over the longer spey casting tools more fit for steelhead and atlantic salmon. So they double as a big salmon river rod with more ability to move and steer those buses.

Sean, our webmaster is frequently using the Surf-tamer on Puget Sound and can throw a laser loop for the distances we mention on the board. He is first on the list for the lighter model when the shipment arrives so you might hook up with him on the beach to have a test drive sometime.

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Old 09-01-2004, 01:31 PM
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7/8 saltwater spey for sea trout

A saltwater spey for 7/8 - sounds good for our seatrout fishing in the Baltic Sea.
Saltwater fly fishing for seatrout (sea running browns) from Baltic Sea shores is very popular in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Today you see very less fishermen with double handers here but with the threads about the Atlantis 1111 in mind a light line double hander should be perfect. The fish are usually between 2 and 6 lbs with few much more up to 20lbs. And it's often search fishing with a lot of casting. Although you can hook good fish just in front of your feet longer casts are not a disadvantage. We use mainly single handers from 6/7 to 8/9. A 6/7 is perfect for most of the fish if there wouldn't be always the fight against the wind. For lines I think swimming and slow intermediate shooting heads are the most popular. Although I never fished for cutthroats in the salt I think it is very similar to the fishing I talked about.
I'm more than interested to give a 7/8 saltwater spey a try for seatrout fishing in Europe. The best season starts in march. So, Juro, when do you think the 7/8 will be available in 2005?
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Old 09-04-2004, 10:06 AM
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Thanks for your interest. I hope we can finish this project ASAP, although Nobuo-san will never release a rod before it's completely finished and tested throughly in the field.

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The 9/10wt is an AFTMA 9/10, thus a 6/7/8 spey in power. It offers quite a sporty battle with even moderate sized fish. I will have more info after the Denver Trade show
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