IFTD 2016: Douglas Outdoors
SKY Rods: New from Douglas is the premium lineup of SKY fly rods. Using blanks constructed with nano carbon matrix materials and resins from the aerospace industry, these rods are built with nice soft tips to allow them to load easily at close range but still have plenty of power to go long. Finished in an attractive matte-silver color, they're quite handsome, too.
SKY rods are adorned with premium components like tangle-free Torzite stripping guides and unbreakable REC single-foot guides, AAAA-grade cork grips, burlwood reel seat inserts (2–6 weight), and full aluminum reel seats (7–12 weight). Included with each rod is an aluminum tube and a unique breathable, wicking rod sock. Models range from #2–#12 weight in lengths from 9–11 feet. Retail price is $695.00 across the board and they're available now.
Argus Rex Reels: The Argus Rex is a beefed-up version of the existing Argus reel and is suitable for two-handed rods. Sporting a heavier frame for added strength, inside is a click pawl drag which uses marine-grade brass/stainless to provide stopping power. Other features include a standard arbor, laser-textured palming rim, and marine brass reel foot. Three sizes are available which are all Type 2 anodized and fully machined in New York from bar stock 6061 aluminum. Prices are $595 or $625 depending on the model. All reels include a twilled pouch.