|Fast Action Fly Rod
The Marketing Blurb
Thomas & Thomas has always been revered for delicate, light presentation trout rods and we are resolute in our belief that these remain the best all round rods for most trout fishing situations. Of late though, we’re hearing more and more requests for a faster five in a four-piece configuration.
Here it is. We heard you and we’re delighted to deliver the NS 5 (the NS denoting ‘no sanctuary’). Developed in close collaboration with our casting consultant Jonathan Huff this is a rod for big water and big fish - a rod for the Delaware, the Deerfield and the wider rivers of the West. A rod that takes inspiration from our fast action Vector series, configures it in to four pieces, increases modulus and tensile strength and blasts fast, five weight performance to a whole new level. We’re quietly confident that this will be ‘the five’.
The Technical Take
The NS 5 is the first Thomas & Thomas trout rod to be constructed using the highest modulus graphite and advanced resins available. These materials enabled us to significantly reduce blank diameter and subsequently swing weight. In doing so we created a rod that will cast streamers, weighted nymphs or bulky surface flies improbable distances with ease.
Jonathan Huff explains the thought process behind the Thomas & Thomas NS 5,
“When I set out to drift the Delaware I do not want to have to take a full quiver of rods. I want one rod that will do it all – a fast action five with the backbone to cover both banks. That is what Tom Dorsey has delivered. This rod feels light in the hand, loads like a dream and suits the quick accelerated casting styles that more and more of my clients have become proficient at.”
As well as the latest high modulus graphite and state of the art resins the NS 5 also features T&T’s new Rhino™ paint finish offering a supremely hard, nick resistant finish resulting in additional strength benefits.
This rod has quickly become the ‘go-to’ rod for a number of the guys here at the T&T factory -even a couple who thought they would fish their LPS’s and Vector’s for evermore. The versatility and performance at distance of the NS 5 cannot be overstated. The blank weighs in at 1.75 oz while the finished rod is 3.70 oz. Close to 2.00 oz of the rods overall weight is contained from the handle down to the butt.
Why do we go to length’s to explain this? Frankly, we are tired of the current trend in assessing fine fly rods by their overall weight. It’s the shaft weight that matters and effects castability. Premium grade cork weighs more than cork of inferior quality. T&T caliber reel seats weigh more than the reduced down reel seats that predominate on other brand rods. We mount our reel seats the ‘old fashioned’ way (the way that results in seats that don’t slip and thus remain perfectly aligned). That’s why you won’t hear of quality issues with T&T cork or reel seats even after years of hard use. This rod brings you the benefit of reduced shaft weight and diameter without us having to compromise our desire to deliver rods that are built to use and built to last.
That’s the truth. And that’s the reason we’ve got a feeling the NS 5 will be ‘the fast five trout rod you’ll eventually own’.