The new Areal Pro builds on the legendary Nordic Stage Areal. Both are immediately identifiable with that distinct honey-coloured finish, both were designed specifically for finesse techniques requiring small spoons, hard bodies and soft plastics. The most noticeable advantage of the Pro is its faster action, which provides for a more effective and versatile twitch retrieve. The high-modulus carbon blank has an amazing sensitivity. You can feel every movement of your lure on retrieve and cannot miss even the lightest bite. To increase the rod sensitivity even more, the reel seat was mounted on a special arbor.
 
Features
 
- Fast action for a better lure presentation
- High-modulus carbon construction for a fast, crisp action
- Low-resin technology for lighter and stiffer blanks
- Tangle-free Kigan-Z guides
- Fuji reel seat
- EVA handle, split rear grip
 

  Length (m) Lure
Wt (gr)
Line (lb) Rings Weight (gr) Top
Sec.
Wt (gr)
Handle
Length
This is the correct way to calculate handle width of Nordic Stage rods:
(mm)
Proof
of
power
video (kg)
 Price  
ARS-602UL 1.83 1.5-7 6 Kigan Titanium/Stainless 79 8 85 $ 372
ARS-662L 1.98 2-9 8 Kigan Titanium/Stainless 85 10 85
ARS-702L 2.13 3-12 10 Kigan Titanium/Stainless 99 13 85 4
ARS-732ML 2.21 4-15 12 Kigan Titanium/Stainless 103 13 85
Sensitive Surface Work
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The new Areal Pro has firmly cemented itself an excellent upgrade to the Areal range for the favorite past time of surface fishing for whiting. This style of fishing which has become so popular relies heavily on light sensitive gear. The Areal range of Nordic Stage rods used to fill this niche well leaving some people to consider what would replace it once it was phased out (which is happening in 2015). A nice fish taken on an Areal... Since the landing and subsequent testing of the Areal Pro however it has quickly replaced the Areal as a top water favorite. With walk the dog style lures being a favorite for surface whiting, the slightly faster action of the Pro lends itself to this form of fishing. Some stronger and longer models also assist with the fight, and the cast really causing this range to offer just that little bit more. The Areal will always hold a special place in many anglers hearts for their ability to tame solid fish for such light rods, but do not fret, the Areal Pro is the upgrade everyone ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-23
Views: 662
Finesse Start To The Barra Season
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Since the barramundi season kicked off a few months ago we have been inundated with awesome pictures of some great barra of Nordic Stage rods. The largest majority of these have been pretty great fish caught on rather finesse gear. The angler's in question have been relying a patience and great skill to pull these beasts from most often quite skinny water. Vinnie Versfeld has been having cracking success using a variety of rods including Nordic Stage Favorites, Areals and Dynamics. Most fish have been getting caught on the surface provding that little extra rush and some very interesting bycatch (pictured below) has been included! Some more of the many Barra Vinnie has been tangling with... Robbie Wells from Sun 2 Sea has also been getting in on the action up in North Qld... Stalking the banks of some pretty rugged waters after the cyclone he managed a fair few heatlhy and dark coloured barra like this one on his Nordic Stage Dynamic... Cracking the code to where the Noosa River ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-04
Views: 884
Areal Pro 6'
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In the past I have experimented with a lot of high end light tackle rods. Daiwa Steez, G Loomis GLX, Duffrods, Megabass, St Croix and recently the new Edge series by Gary Loomis.  My interest has lied in finding the lightest, most sensitive blanks with handle and guide configurations that appeal to me. Each time I moved onto a new brand, I felt like I had found "the one for me".  Recently I have begun to build my own rods to satisfy my pursuit for the "perfect" rod.  However, all of these solutions have one discomforting flaw - they are too expensive! I used to use the original Areal range, but with one gripe, I am not a fan of single foot AT guides.  So when the new Areal Pro range came out, I was a little excited to say the least.  I have been using the 6' 6" and 7' models for a few months now and I am extremely happy with the way these rods have performed for me. My favourite rod in the original Areal range was the Gunslinger, so a few weeks ...
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Author: Justin Dez
Published: 2014-08-28
Views: 582
Finesse Jigging For The Win
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A lot lighter than many would consider appropriate for deep water jigging... When I first started getting serious about fishing the terminology "Jigging" usually conjured images of huge kingfish, samson fish and other herculean denizens of the deep. Fish aside, gear expectations would have been nothing short of 10-20k reels, 100lb line and short powerful rods. In far more recent times however my eyes have been opened to a massively different understanding of jigging, specifically in a more finesse style. With several of the Nordic Stage Team actively engaging in this pursuit, I thought it was high time to ask some questions and present the answers to  the larger Nordic Stage fan base. A hefty bludger trevally jigged up on a Nordic Stage Favorite... Offshore deeper water has been the realm of heaver jigging for a long time now. However, for the patient angler finesse applications can be utilised in these conditions. A preference to go to a finesse approach can about either due to ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-08-07
Views: 10854
Nordic Stage Dominates Noosa Fishing Competition
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Craig Morley, Tim Milat and Cooper Lau rocking the Nordic green! Each month the staff at Davo's Tackle World Noosa host an exciting fishing competition aimed appealing to the whole community. Proceeds go to charity and although the prizes are not sheep stations, this event draws some of Noosa's finest anglers. Categories vary in these events from overall length of combined species to induvidual species and versatility of fishing (due to both species and time of year) usually produces the winners. Craig with his winning trevally... Last weekends event was divided into four species fairly common throughout the Noosa system during winter, these being Trevally, Tailor, Bream and Flathead. Tailor were conspicuously absent from the weigh in this year but the winners for the other 3 categories had one something in common... They all caught their fish on Nordic Stage rods! Cooper with his 1st place winning Flathead... Using a variety of Nordic Stage rods including Areals, Areal Pros ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-07-16
Views: 624
Testing the waters
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It's been a long time between drinks for me and I was quick to say yes when Chris offered to take me out in the bay. The crisp morning and beautiful sunrise of oranges, pinks and blues quickly reminded me of why I love get up a stupid o'clock and do everything I can to get out and fish.                     On board with us today I brought with me a few of the newer rods in our stables so I could continue to learn the details of some that I had already fished with and then to learn the new details in ones that I had yet to fish with. The Areal Pro 7 and Artist 7"6 were the rods I was already familiar with. Both similar on paper but boy are they different in the hand. I'd paired these with an Exist 1003 and Luvito 206 respectively. The Scout 9" 30lb and Dynamic 6"2 14lb were the 2 that I had yet to really play with and I was hoping to really hook up on those to see what they can do under pressure. ...
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Author: Do$tylz
Published: 2014-07-08
Views: 554
Jungle Time: Short Rods Reign
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              Australia and even more specifically South East Queensland is a funny place in regards to perceptions on rod lengths relative to applications. By far and way the most popular lengths for lighter more finesse rods are your typical 7 foot models in a 1-3 or 2-4kg range. This of course makes perfect sense for those anglers casting lures over flats all day as longer casts by percetage equate to more ground covered. However, there are so many other forms of fishing regularly undetaken that really suit a shorter rod for several reasons. This fact was no more apparent than a recent trip I had to Townsville to visit Nordic Stage Field Staffer Vinnie Versfeld to fish with him on his home territory.                                                                  ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-06-14
Views: 833
Light Tackle Surf Fishing
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One of my favorite forms of fishing is light tackle surf fishing and this weekend was prime for it! The main restrictions of this form of fishing is distance. Often with wind in your face, large swell and a big gutter light "flick sticks" just cannot a: cast a lure far enough or b: keep a lure out there! However every no and again on the east coast of Australia low swells combine with a westerly wind and the time is right! There are worse ways to start the day... My favorite rods for this application are my Areal and Areal Pro range. Although some would argue longer is better leaning towards the 7 footer Areal and 7.3 foot Areal Pro, as always a love my 6.6 foot rods. But that is all preference. Without a doubt natural coloured plastics are the best, and easiest for this application. Plastics allow for weight variation and adaption with you jig head choice. Plastics mimicking crustaceans or worms are my personal favorite and Damiki rippers or GULP turtle back worms are my main arsenel. From ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-05-04
Views: 21765
Areal Vs Areal Pro
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  A few Nordic Stage fans have posed the question since the release of the Nordic Stage Areal Pro range asking what exactly are the differences...? The most noticeably on first inspection is of course the addition of Kigan Z Guides on the new Areal Pros as opposed to the Fuji single footers used on the Areal.  Kigan guides are produced in Korea by the fishing rod component division of the Kigan Industry Group. Since its foundation in 1978, Kigan has gained a deserved reputation as a leading fishing rod guides manufacturer, always searching for new, unusual solutions to various issues that arise in connection with the guides design. The Kigan Z guides that appear on the Areal Pro utilise anti tangle technology allowing anglers piece of mind when casting braids. Feel free to click HERE to read more about Kigan Guides. The taper and action also varies significantly from Areal to Areal Pro. The original range of Areals has an overall parabolic bend in the blank whereas the pro has a faster tippier ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-04-22
Views: 1162
Testing The New Dynamic F1 - DYFS-602L
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The desire for this rod  (DYFS-602L) on the Australian market was for a powerful yet light skinny water rod suitable to the many bush bashers and kayak fishermen adveturously fishing many of our waterways. This weekend I wanted to ascertain how powerful the rod was, or in short, how much pressure I could get on a fish to prevent it taking me back into the snags. The test this application we chose none other than the powerful Mangrove Jack as a desired test subject. Not a fish to be taken lightly and not a fish to found easily, we knew this was optimistic but we were pleasently surprised. The fish was taken right on dawn and made one initial brutal run... The rod however loaded magnifecently and, despite an awkward angle, removing it from under its bridge proved no great feat. Next came a smaller fish which was once again easily subdued. I look forward to testing this rod now on some skinny water bass in snag ridden country! Henry had some fun of trevally while this was all going on, in his ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-04-20
Views: 479