Taylor Anomaly Z (Graphene Rod) sneak peak

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Finally got to get on the water with the new Taylor Anomly Z 9" 5wt with a Blue Series I Taylor reel and a new Rio Gold Flyline. It has quickly become my new favorite 5wt. Not only does it attract attention on the boat landing but it performs like a dream on the water. It certainly fits my casting style and with the Rio Gold it launches line downstream in a pleasing way. My style is more suited for a medium/fast rod and this is just what I like. The fit and finish on the rod and the cork were outstanding. The only negative was it was a little loud with the line going out Not sure if that was a line issue or a guide issue but that was quickly forgotten with the accuracy and feel of the rod. Great job Taylor!!
 

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Recoil guides often do generate a little harmonic hiss. On the other hand they are inert and shoot line like crazy. Congratulations on having a new favorite rod, a big deal.
 

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... To S&S and many others on the forum I am a lost cause as I am after the one rod does it all graal (I already havea quiver of specialised rods though 🤯). The closest thing I have found to that ideal to date is Redington NTi 906, but I feel Anomaly Z could be the long awaited heir to that magical rod.

If I m looking at a rod that handles a size 28 midge at the end of a 25ft leader like a 4wt but can also hammer a heavy streamer like a 6wt, is it Anomaly Z 905 or 906 that I am looking for or something else? ...
Patti - did you ever get an Anomaly Z 905? If so, what was your verdict?
 

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Patti - did you ever get an Anomaly Z 905? If so, what was your verdict?
Hi,

I was ready to pull the trigger but then missed out on the intro offer due to time difference (I live in the UK) and so hesitated a bit…Then a Loop Cross SX 9’ 5wt was gifted to me by a good (and even better after that gift —- yes when it comes to fishing stuff I m a pure materialist!!!) friend and a couple of weeks later a Stickman P5 landed in my hands… So I ended up quite loaded with 9’ 5wt…
The Stickman is really nice but I haven’t yet explored all possibilities with it, that said I don’t see it being at ease with big streamers like NTI 906 is (which is fair enough when comparing a 5wt to a 6wt) or big/heavy hopper dropper rigs. So essentially the P5 will do anything a 4wt or 5wt is supposed to do beautifully but will be less at ease with 6wt stuff so for pure versatility my opinion is that P5 is not as versatile as NTi 906 (and P5 is definitely in the NTI 905 category but a very different rod, I need to use P5 more and at the moment I can’t say if I prefer P5 or NTi 905 but to use medical analogies NTi is the scalpel, P5 is the morphine). Again however, for pure versatility NTi 906 is superior to P5 in my opinion (I often describe NTI 906 as the one trout rod to rule them all). Don’t get me wrong P5 is an absolutely amazing fishing rod, pure buttery smooth yet sharp casting, a pure pleasure fishing tool that will be capable of handling any “traditional” trout fishing situation. Would be good testing T6 but haven’t had the opportunity yet.

Loop cross SX 905 is a different animal probably more of a (power) 6wt than a 5wt, I would say it complements P5 ideally to cover the 6wt and the heavy side of 5wt, SX is a very potent and extremely capable rod but not one to put in any and every hands as it is quite unforgiving. Pair it with the right line and adequate casting stroke and you have the perfect tool for ultra long casts ultra tight loop and ultra fast line speed. SX is no stiff dead staff at all though but whilst it can handle thin tippets it will require special skills (which I don’t possess unfortunately, I m a “mediocre plus” caster) to deliver delicacy on lighter applications. SX 905 makes me think of Scott S4 905’s raw power but much sharper, much lighter and with a more sensitive tip… i can imagine SX quite at home on a drift boat on a large/fast powerful river: If you want to pick up line and recast immediately with no false cast and n matter the distance/line density, SX will be quite THE tool… Loop Cross SX 905 will be an excellent rod if you rarely need to fish small/light configurations.

Coming back to Anomaly Z, I have read recently about the launch of Truth Z ( (Truth graphene), and from it Truth Z seems to be a “power” version of Anomaly Z… So for versatility I would try Anomaly Z in905 and 906 and Truth Z in 905 and 906… Or just pray you can find a NTI 906 (I still have 3 and will not part with them until I pass them to my children!!!).
 
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Hi Pati,

Wow, an embarrassment of riches receiving both the Loop & Stickman! It's funny but I rate Ákos' rods up with Winston (and T&T I guess) in terms of the rods you must own at some stage in your life and plan with care to pass onto your luckiest heirs.

I have never fished any Redington gear so really interested to read of your passion for their NTi. I know that the 9 weight has been adopted in NZ for saltwater so it must be well made. I'll see if I can track one down for a wiggle and a fish - might be difficult now. It's all Predators and Torrents over here now. I think they're owned by Seattle-based Far Banks who own Sage (among others).

I'll be checking out the Anomaly Z in October, hence why I was seeking out your views on it. And I hadn't heard about a Truth Z so that's really interesting. In 6wt it would be good to compare a Truth Z with the very epic Epic Graphene 906 and the Douglas Sky-G - both are made in South Korea too, possibly even all in the same factory, but all with quite different designs and mandrels. To compare, but never as a shootout! Maybe the Loop Cross SX would fit in well with this group ...

Anyway, I will be trialing an Anomaly Z 5wt together with the P5 (morphine! - I can't get that out of my head now!) and a brand new brand and completely unknown to me – an American-made Teton Grand F 905 that I bought in the dying weeks of the previous NZ summer fishing season) during the first few weeks of October. I don't know of its lineage but it's been sitting in the shop for a couple of months now and I keep picking it up and promising it that I'll take it out soon.
 

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... In 6wt it would be good to compare a Truth Z with the very epic Epic Graphene 906 and the Douglas Sky-G ...
Indeed but do NOT neglect the stickman t6 in your comparison; i think it is the only rod Pati will enjoy as much as his Nti 6 wts., as it has very similar attributes and characteristics to that rod (even both rods perform supremely well with the wulff TT). I will be most interested in reports on these taylor and epic graphene rods.
 

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Indeed but do NOT neglect the stickman t6 in your comparison; i think it is the only rod Pati will enjoy as much as his Nti 6 wts., as it has very similar attributes and characteristics to that rod (even both rods perform supremely well with the wulff TT). I will be most interested in reports on these taylor and epic graphene rods.
I'll give you some action angle measurements ;-)

I would LOVE a T6 and had planned to buy one last year but never prioritised it enough. I'm sure it would perform very well in New Zealand.
 

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Indeed but do NOT neglect the stickman t6 in your comparison; i think it is the only rod Pati will enjoy as much as his Nti 6 wts., as it has very similar attributes and characteristics to that rod (even both rods perform supremely well with the wulff TT). I will be most interested in reports on these taylor and epic graphene rods.
yes I have heard great reports on Epic Graphene.
If I could, in the 906 world, I d like to test Asquith, Epic Graphene, T6 and the 2 Graphene Taylor (Anomaly and Truth) alongside NTi.
That said given scarcity of these rods and how happy I am with my NTi it’s unlikely I ll try those!!!
 

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South, pati's NTi (mine are #'s 4, 5 & 8, no 6) date from original Redington out of Florida around 2000, two owners prior to Far Bank. The Nano Titanium ceramic, NASA sourced technology, the first ever Nano resin fly rod and it had NO Scrim had its blank fabricated by your Composite Developments NZ maker. Following Loomis's GLX in the 90's, NTi's were the first of a new generation of sports car style, ultimate performance, light weight, crisp action rods. Better casting than though not as durable as GLX, they set a new performance bar. My view differs from pati's in that I regarded them both under development (I was a field tester and influencer) and in the field as pretty specialized in application. They fished best with SA MEDT true weight, long head lines. Though I fished several other mostly Sage and Looms with a Scott and Hardy mixed in, top bigger river 9'/#5's after Nano, the first "modern" rod to fill its shoes was Sage's ONE, even more specialized and uncompromised. I'm sorry but Winston, T&T, Scott nor even Hardy came remotely close (from my perspective as a technical dry fly aficionado). Based on recent prototype testing (in 4-weight) I expect Taylor's forthcoming Truth Z to potentially set the new benchmark. I am loving new Douglas SKY-G #6 but it is an all-round capable rod without the specialized technical chops I anticipate from zero compromise T Z. Taylor is just not going to soften the tip on this new rod...it is going to be a surgical scalpel.
 

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South, pati's NTi (mine are #'s 4, 5 & 8, no 6) date from original Redington out of Florida around 2000, two owners prior to Far Bank. The Nano Titanium ceramic, NASA sourced technology, the first ever Nano resin fly rod and it had NO Scrim had its blank fabricated by your Composite Developments NZ maker. Following Loomis's GLX in the 90's, NTi's were the first of a new generation of sports car style, ultimate performance, light weight, crisp action rods. Better casting than though not as durable as GLX, they set a new performance bar. My view differs from pati's in that I regarded them both under development (I was a field tester and influencer) and in the field as pretty specialized in application. They fished best with SA MEDT true weight, long head lines. Though I fished several other mostly Sage and Looms with a Scott and Hardy mixed in, top bigger river 9'/#5's after Nano, the first "modern" rod to fill its shoes was Sage's ONE, even more specialized and uncompromised. I'm sorry but Winston, T&T, Scott nor even Hardy came remotely close (from my perspective as a technical dry fly aficionado). Based on recent prototype testing (in 4-weight) I expect Taylor's forthcoming Truth Z to potentially set the new benchmark. I am loving new Douglas SKY-G #6 but it is an all-round capable rod without the specialized technical chops I anticipate from zero compromise T Z. Taylor is just not going to soften the tip on this new rod...it is going to be a surgical scalpel.
S&S,if your NTi is not from the overbaked early batches then they are as durable as GLX ;-) you would know if they were from the overbaked batches as they would have exploded at the first serious load ;-)
I’d agree 905 NTi is a rather specialised rod absolutely ideal for what you call a technical fast dry fly rod (it also excells at light sight nymphing with ultra long leaders) , but 906 is a different animal and a true all rounder from light dry flies to streamer to light bonefish;-)
 

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I have fished dozens of Nano's from #4 to 12-weight and broken only one fishing and two demonstrating (not counting porotypes). I have an NTi Quartz too in #8. Because of the scrim-less design these are intrinsically fragile rods. Breakage %'s made them financially unsustainable so toward the end an experimental 9'/#8 was built using carbon scrim (like GLX pioneered). I fished it at Montauk Point during a striper blitz and hauled a 15 pounder up out of the seething rip. I announced to my two boat companions, one of whom was also intimitaly involved in this project, that if this new model can do that it is unbreakable. He said great, let me see how it casts, and broke it in half on his backcast. That is how NTi production came to an end.
 

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I have fished dozens of Nano's from #4 to 12-weight and broken only one fishing and two demonstrating (not counting porotypes). I have an NTi Quartz too in #8. Because of the scrim-less design these are intrinsically fragile rods. Breakage %'s made them financially unsustainable so toward the end an experimental 9'/#8 was built using carbon scrim (like GLX pioneered). I fished it at Montauk Point during a striper blitz and hauled a 15 pounder up out of the seething rip. I announced to my two boat companions, one of whom was also intimitaly involved in this project, that if this new model can do that it is unbreakable. He said great, let me see how it casts, and broke it in half on his backcast. That is how NTi production came to an end.
I take your point on the absence of scrim making it potentially inherently more fragile.
However no offense but fragility is not why they stopped production on original NTi ;-). They stopped simply because they never found enough of a market for the rod, which made it uneconomical. But pride of the commercial team makes it easier to blame the technical team ;-) In truth NTi was primarily a commercial failure which suffered from 1-retail price of the rod being twice top of the line Loomis/Sage/Scott/Winston/T&T at the time with « only » the name Redington - the market then was not ready for such a price tag and 2-bad reputation of a fragile rod after the first batches had been a critical failure (and many in the fly fishing world were then very happy to bash the latest « space rod » with such an outrageous price tag as a miserably failed gimmick…)


NTi Quartz was primarily developed for saltwater with the quartz addition there in truth simply to prevent the salt from accumulating/crusting on the rod. The quartz was not meant to improve the fragility.

As to breakages - and from discussions with multiple ex-redington employees from the time and others who like you helped at prototype stage and after- as far as I am aware issues were with original batches that were overcooked and then once these issues were sorted NTi actually didn’t suffer that much more breakages than other models
 

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... blank fabricated by your Composite Developments NZ maker...

... Based on recent prototype testing (in 4-weight) I expect Taylor's forthcoming Truth Z to potentially set the new benchmark. I am loving new Douglas SKY-G #6 but it is an all-round capable rod without the specialized technical chops I anticipate from zero compromise T Z. Taylor is just not going to soften the tip on this new rod...it is going to be a surgical scalpel.
Thanks for filling in the blanks, S&S. I have a few excellent CD rods from that era – they were powerful for their day, easily available in NZ and no doubt based on the designs coming in from offshore. I'll be keeping an eye out for any local old versions of the NTi now.

I had missed the early news of the Truth Z. I am getting an Anomaly Z (#5) in for October testing (with a Series 1 reel). What lines do you recommend? I hope the new Truth Z in #6 wt is available to ship to NZ in September also.
 
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Loop cross SX 905 is a different animal probably more of a (power) 6wt than a 5wt, I would say it complements P5 ideally to cover the 6wt and the heavy side of 5wt, SX is a very potent and extremely capable rod but not one to put in any and every hands as it is quite unforgiving. Pair it with the right line and adequate casting stroke and you have the perfect tool for ultra long casts ultra tight loop and ultra fast line speed. SX is no stiff dead staff at all though but whilst it can handle thin tippets it will require special skills (which I don’t possess unfortunately, I m a “mediocre plus” caster) to deliver delicacy on lighter applications. SX 905 makes me think of Scott S4 905’s raw power but much sharper, much lighter and with a more sensitive tip… i can imagine SX quite at home on a drift boat on a large/fast powerful river: If you want to pick up line and recast immediately with no false cast and n matter the distance/line density, SX will be quite THE tool… Loop Cross SX 905 will be an excellent rod if you rarely need to fish small/light configurations.
I have a Loop Cross SX in the 906 - Its a streamer Demon. As pati mentioned, its not forgiving but it will throw a two streamer rig like a dream - super light swing weight as well. Plus - got to love the reel seat!
 

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Thanks for filling in the blanks, S&S. I have a few excellent CD rods from that era – they were powerful for their day, easily available in NZ and no doubt based on the designs coming in from offshore. I'll be keeping an eye out for any local old versions of the NTi now.

I had missed the early news of the Truth Z. I am getting an Anomaly Z (#5) in for October testing (with a Series 1 reel). What lines do you recommend? I hope the new Truth Z in #6 wt is available to ship to NZ in September also.
I've been switching on the A Z #4 between Gold and Technical Trout...it really is based on habitat as it throws both so well with T T having a lighter touch and Gold, as one would imagine, being more aggressively tight. Dillon, if you are reading, what are you fishing on A Z #6? I want a T Z #6 too, I still have no time line.
 

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I have a Loop Cross SX in the 906 - Its a streamer Demon. As pati mentioned, its not forgiving but it will throw a two streamer rig like a dream - super light swing weight as well. Plus - got to love the reel seat!
+1 on the reel seat, quite like it too!!!

@S&S, how does Anomaly Z compare to Truth Z?
 
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