Vision XO Graphene
The Future is now! Graphene fly rods officially exist and, seemingly, the kinks of this space age material have already been worked out by the mad scientists at Vision. The XO Graphene is a premium fly rod in every sense of the word. From the 'custom' aluminum rod tube to the 4A Portuguese cork to the titanium guides, truly no expense was spared in the making of this fishing instrument. Performance wise the XOG is no different. It's tip-bounce dampens with the best of 'em and it feels as light in hand as any graphite rod. The XOG is slower than you might expect, loading fairly deeply into the blank. Despite this mid-flex nature, it still manages to stop on a dime once a cast is delivered. Much like R.L. Winston which has famously used boron with graphite to achieve a unique feel in their rods, the graphene in the XOG gives this rod a feeling of delicate strength that is really one of a kind.
- Made from Graphene (the strongest tested material in the world)
- Medium action
- Four piece
- Exquisite, unpolished blank
- Down-locking precision machined aluminum reel seat on Euro nymphing specific 10' 3" #3 weight rod
- AAAA Portuguese cork with rubber cork reinforcements
- Patented single foot REC nickel titanium alloy guides
- Titanium stripping guides
- Supplied in a custom aluminum tube with engraved metal end caps together with a cloth bag
Check out this excellent review of the 9' 5wt from Trout and Co: Review : Vision XO 9' #5 Medium | Trout & Co (trout-and-co.com)
Here's what Vision has to say:
"The next level of XO fly rods. We wanted to bring out the new generation of XO rods only if we could make significant improvements on the materials. Graphene made this possible. 3 years of testing prototypes and actions led to the launch of XO Graphene fly rods! With this new material available, and with it being the strongest tested material in the world it, it required a lot of testing and tuning of action. When one of these rods is cast for the first time the difference is noticeable right away. Graphene makes it possible to make stronger rods with less material which results action wise in unbelievable strength combined with smooth action.
The long #3 weight rods are made especially for Euro nymphing. They feature a down-locking reel seat for better balance, tight spacing of small, single-foot guides to prevent line sagging for perfect drag free drifts and our tangle free tip with the top guide being double leg snake guide. These two models are designed together with some of the best competition anglers in the world."