Like an ancient energy source, anglers are drawn to Montana's Madison River to feel the magic, soak in the camaraderie and learn the ways of the masters. Kelly Galloup would be high on the list of masters, especially when it comes to chucking honking meaty streamers at big fish.Read more
NSi (Nano Silica)
The Technology That Makes Our Rods So Strong Is Invisible To The Naked Eye. At Least Until You Set The Hook.
The 3M Company, the global leader in adhesive technology, recently introduced a new breakthrough resin that uses nano-sized (ultra-microscopic) spheres of silica as a homogeneous, non-abrasive filler between the carbon fibers of a graphite rod blank, which results in a much stronger, more sensitive finished product. We've named our formulation of this new resin NSi (Nano Silica), and we'll be using it to build all of our SCV graphite rods - plus a new offshore saltwater series.
The 'nano-silica' particles in 3M's Matrix Resin are uniformly distributed and densely packed in the resin that binds the individual graphite fibers, which reinforces them during compression when the rod is flexed. This significantly increases the fibers' compression strength by resisting micro-buckling - for improved hoop and flex strength of the blank. The result is a 30% (or more) stronger blank without any change in the weight, action or power of the finished rod.
The nano-silica filler also improves the resin's adhesive bond between the carbon fibers, which increases the internal shear strength of the rod blank while further improving the flex strength. Almost twice as hard as conventional resins when fully cured, our tests reveal that rods manufactured with 3M's new Matrix Resin show both an increase in modulus for improved sensitivity, and a significant increase in fracture resistance and overall blank toughness.
The end results are astonishing. Rods built with 3M Matrix Resin are stronger, more durable and tougher - with significantly improved hoop/flex strength and resistance to fracture. All without an increase in weight or a change in the rod's action or power.
Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) Technology
Developed exclusively by St. Croix, Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology has rapidly become the engineering leader in rodmaking. Designed to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank, IPC-engineered rods feature smoother actions, increased strength and greater sensitivity.
Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART)
Advanced Reinforcing Technology (ART) is an exotic carbon fiber material that adds a magnitude (10X) of strength with virtually no increase in blank diameter or weight. ART significantly improves the hoop strength of the blank by preventing it from deforming or 'ovaling' under a severe load, such as a powerful hook set or fish battle. ART is also a critical part of our slim-profile ferrule design.