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Old 06-07-2015, 09:28 PM
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Default New Clutch Trout series

Schultz outfitters had their spring Demo Days today and Lee Janik was there with the new Clutch Fluent trout rods. Anyway I brought my Hardy Marquis 6 with a Cortland Trout Boss 5 to try out the 9-5 weight. I also tried out the 9-4 with a SA GPX. The casting conditions were tough (off a dock into the river with a gusty cross wind) My verdict is we may have a new contender for top trout rod. I preferred the 9-5 to both the One and the Radian, I felt it felt lighter in hand than a Zenith and very Winston like in close. Even the Winston rep said it reminded him in feel of a BIIx but as someone whose owned a BIIx I can tell you the Clutch had considerably more reserve. With the Trout Boss the rod was a dream at mending, reach, and roll cast. I'd rate it dead even with the Zenith. And I'd love to cast it with a good 1/2 size overweighted line.

Speaking of which the 9-4 weight was loaded with a GPX and it was a cannon. I don't own any 9-4's and I really haven't test casted many of them. But I had no problem making 60-70' cast straight out despite the cross wind. I will say that GPX is a clunky line to me, the rod didn't mend or roll cast near as well as the 5 with the longer belly Trout Boss. Anyway keep your eyes open for Clutch, Lee has really upped his game the last year or so.
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Darn, wish I knew that was going on, they're just a short distance from here and it was a beautiful Michigan drizzly day.

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Thanks Burk, I really wish the Clutch guys can beat Anderson over his head with a new top rod (after he called their first on a "rug beater").
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