Fly Rod Terms Explained
The CTS Fly Blank range has been carefully designed to cater for all disciplines of fly fishing. Each range encompasses specific features that make it a stand out blank with in its category.
Our fly blank terms explained
In designing, we use two different terms to describe the feel of our blanks. Action and Taper. For the most part these two components of our designs are closely related to provide a well balanced blank that is quite specific in its discipline.
Action, commonly referred to as the lock up point, is where our blank first starts to stiffen dramatically. This affects the strike action of the blank and determines to a large extent the casting style. We use actions from slow through to extra fast. Outlined are our three basic categories:
|Slow||This is an extremely graceful action that has a very
subtle lock up point around mid way. Our Vintage Series, based on
the traditional cane style, combines this action with a slow taper,
allowing the blank to flex and load very smoothly throughout its
|Medium||Beautiful balance and ease of casting. Our medium action is often
combined with our medium taper. This action allows the blank to lock
up from above midway into the top third. It is a great all round
|Fast||A more demanding action, this action locks up in the top third
of the blank. This action is generally paired with faster tapers
to provide a blank that has plenty of power for both casting and
The taper of the blank describes the power of the butt area in relation to the power of the tip area. A faster taper means a more powerful blank. Our fly series utilizes tapers from slow through to extra fast.
|Slow||This very subtle taper allows the blank to flex right
down to the lower third of the blank. Our slower taper allows us
to build a feather light blank with an extremely smooth casting style
and fly presentation.
|Medium||Our medium taper blanks have a huge sweet spot. Beautifully light
in the hand, these blanks load easily for excellent line delivery
and have plenty of power for longer casting and fish stopping ability.
|Fast||With a more powerful cast, these blanks will power up and deliver. Generally coupled with our fast or extra fast actions this style blank will generate great line speed and distance. The extra power through the butt area generates superb fish fighting ability.|
Actions / Lock up point
ease of casting. Very forgiving.
cast ability with
improved distance and
superb distance and control.
fast strike power
and superior distance.
light feel and
ease of casting
and casting distance
power and lifting
strength. This rating
is used extensively on
our Saltwater blanks.