Contact: Contact rods from Thomas & Thomas are their new series of long nymphing rods. Boasting proprietary StratoTherm resin with multi-modulus graphite, these rods are made to be extremely sensitive while dampening quickly. Each rod also features a natural graphite finish with olive wraps, black Recoil single-foot guides, western-style grips, and a black aluminum reel seat with maple insert and a small fighting butt. Three 4-piece models will be available: both a 10'8" #3 and #4, as well as an 11'3" #3. MSRP $795. Available August 1st.
Avantt: Also using Thomas & Thomas' proprietary StratoTherm resin along with multi-modulus graphite, Avantt rods are made to be lightweight and responsive. Features of these fast-action 4-piece rods include a matte-blue finish, Snake Brand ECOating snake guides, titanium-framed stripping guide with SiC insert, and premium cork grip. Models range from 8'6"–10'0" in length covering line weights #3–#7. Expect a price of $825 with availability August 1st.
Exocett: Made for tough conditions and tough saltwater species, the Exocett series uses StratoTherm resins and multi-modulus graphite blanks to produce fast, powerful actions. Exocett rods are all 4-pieces and tout such features as a matte-blue finish, black titanium-framed stripping guides, black nickel Recoil snake guides, premium full-wells grips, and an aluminum reel seat. Available in 9'0" lengths and in line weights #6 to #12, these will go on sale August 1st at a price of $895.