new FX1 rods on the water this autumn and were instantly amazed at the performance of the single hand rods. The 9'6'' # 6 was an instant favourite, even as we took it from the luxury cloth bag it felt as though we had picked up a much shorter lighter model by mistake and once it had a line in the air we were immediately impressed! Laser sharp loops and a feeling of control meant we could place a line anywhere you pointed the rod tip and even when under or overlined we found the blank to be very forgiving, allowing for a quick recovery when going from a short cast to a long one and vice versa. The fittings and cosmetics on the FX1 single hand rods are high quality and give the rod a very modern look, and so they should - this material is after all at the very cutting edge of technology today!
FX1 Atlas rods share the same fittings and cosmetics as the original FX1 rods but in 6 sections, and cover all the rod sizes you will ever need - 12'7'' #8, 13'7'' #9 and 14'9'' #10!
Mackenzie FX1 flyrod is the Spey rod to use Graphene, a Nobel Prize winning material that is set to revolutionise carbon-composite engineering. Discovered at the University of Manchester in 2004, Graphene is the strongest and stiffest material known to man. It is up to 300 times stronger than steel, even stronger than diamond, and 30 times stronger than Kevlar - the material used for bullet proof vests! Graphene recently revolutionised the tennis world after Head launched a new tennis racket using the material, now used used by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
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Scanning Tunnel Electron Micrograph of Graphene Nanotubes - red dots are carbon atoms!
Mackenzie FX1 rod blank is impregnated with this resin incorporating a weave of this new Graphene nanotube material. The rod flexes deeply during the cast and recovers quickly and powerfully. This fast recovery makes it easier to cast further with little effort, yet retains the 'feel' that is so important in a fly rod, especially if your casting is not on top form.
The new additions to the Mackenzie FX1 range will be available from late December and will initially include 9' #5, 9' #6, 9'6'' #6, 10' #6, 10' #7 models, covering almost any situation the Salmon angler will find in the UK and abroad. The rods have been designed to handle all types of lines, from longer traditional Spey lines to short Scandi and Skagit style shooting-heads. The rods themselves feature the very best craftsmanship and fittings money can buy! Top grade Portuguese cork handles have been specially chosen and are made to a length and style to allow casters of all styles and abilities to use the rod in comfort.