The new Asquith series is the culmination of global cooperation in design, materials, and manufacturing techniques. Built on Shimano’s proprietary Spiral X platform, the Asquith boasts superb power transfer from tip to hand, quick recovery, and increased sensitivity. Designed by world casting champion Steve Rajeff, the Asquith is an exploratory step into the future of rod manufacturing technology. With fast actions, generous power levels, titanium guides, and exceptionally light swing weight, all rods in the series excel in fishing situations where developing high line speed and making precise casts means success. The proprietary Spiral X technology utilizes triple layer blank construction consisting of an oblique fiber core layer, a longitudinal middle layer, and a revere-oblique fiber outer layer. This unique construction increases rigidity without increasing weight, providing virtually instantaneous power transmission when casting or fighting a fish. This technology and the equipment to make it exists only in Japan at G. Loomis' parent company, Shimano. The blanks are made there and the rod completed at G. Loomis in the USA. This is the most unique and biggest change in blank construction that has taken place in some time. If you demand the newest and best, this is it. Features all-water ready corrosion resistant componentry, a very dark green blank with a marvelous metallic flake finish rivaling any classic car, a splendid cross-cut bamboo spacer, up-locking reel seat, and titanium guides. 4 and 5 wt. trout rods with standard reel seat, 8 wt. and larger with fighting butt and matching carbon fiber spacer.