A unique design is what sets the Drift XL rods apart from the rest and the visitors to EFTTEX, Europe's biggest trade-only event, thought so too by voting it runner up in the 'Best New Fly Rod' category at its new best product showcase.
A key attraction of the show, the BNP showcase is a multiple-category awards that are voted for by visitors to the show, and sees tackle from all sectors vying for the top spots.
The Drift XL rod was up against some stiff competition from the likes of Sage (eventual category winners) and other brands from around the globe. But what makes the Drift XL so unique?
Of the five models available - which all measure 9ft 6in apart from a lone 10-ft 6in version - line weights between 3-5 are covered, pitching it firmly at the modern river angler for whom long leaders and close quarter nymph fishing are the desired tactics. But most importantly, each Drift XL rod features an extending butt section that with a twist of the blank, extends from within the handle to give an additional 8 inches of length. A quick twist locks the blank in its extended position with no worries about the extension mechanism coming loose through use.
This runner-up award in the vest fly rod category follows on from last year's awards where the newly-launched RS stillwater rods were popular.