The next level of XO fly rods. We wanted to bring out the new generation of XO rods only if we could make significant improvements on the materials. Graphene made this possible. 3 years of testing prototypes and actions lead to the launch of XO Graphene fly rods. With this new material available and with it being the strongest tested material in the world it required a lot of testing and tuning of action. When one of these rods is cast for the first time the difference is noticeble right away. Graphene makes it possible to make stronger rods with less material which results actionwise in unbelievable strength combined with smooth action.
The long #3 weight rods are made especially for Euro nymphing. They feature a down-locking reel seat for better balance, tight spacing of small single leg guides to prevent line sagging for perfect drag free drifts and our tangle free tip with the top guide being double leg snake guide. These 2 models are designed together with some of the best competition anglers in the world.
The 9’ #5 has a slightly softer action compared with the other XO Graphene rods. The action can still be described as medium fast but in the softer spectrum.
We give a rating for the carbon that is used in each of our graphite rods. The higher the number the higher the modulus of the carbon that is used for the rod. The rating is closely related to the tonnage of the carbon in each of the rods. However this is not the whole truth as we use different carbon mixtures to achieve the wanted rod action and also the resins differ from model to model. But this rating is an indication of the main carbon used in the blank. Our premium rods use graphene in the resin and rods are identified by the Graphene logo.
”For me as a full time guide XO Graphene has been working tool number one. I use it especially when fishing grayling, white fish and char in lakes and pools. XO Graphene gives you great power but it is extremely light rod. I use #5 9,3’ even for coastal seatrout fishing.” Aki Huhtanen, Vision ambassador, Full time guide & TV celebrity with his Äijä-koira!