Jacks On Kilts...
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Well with the new Kilt Collection out in the field as the weather has been warming up one natural target for the Nordic Crew has been mangrove jacks. The Nordic Stage Cheater has been so far extremely successful as spin option for these hard hitting fiesty critters. With the ability to feel super finesse but still punch hard these rods have been employed very successfully with both plastics and suface lures chasing down jacks. Kayak fishermen in particular have been enjoyign the sub 7 foot models and it is the CHS-672M and CHS-692MH that have taking most casulaties in this arena. It has been in the custom Artist builds however that we have been seeing the crazy results. The Cheater is quite intentially deisgned to tackle hard hitting, brutal fish. However, the Artist, being an ultra finesse light tackle rod is not exactly what we would upsell as a jack rod. Despite this, Ian Ferguson and Ian Goebel using their own respective custom built Nordic Stage Artist rods have been landing some very ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-12-13
Views: 3483
Cheaters Dominate In PNG
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Well we just got back from our 2015 PNG trip and what can we say! The trip was amazing and so much more than I hoped it would be. Baia is simply phenomenal offering so many river and bluewater opportunities. The lodge itself was top notch and the fishing was out of this world. Way more surface action than the last trip as well which is always a highlight. Sef, Henry and myself headed to the furthermost river for our first days foray to cast up some blacks... The blacks were there in good numbers and so were a lot of quality jacks... Henry and I both opted for Nordic Stage Cheater combo's, namely the CHS-672M and CHS-692MH... On the way to the Torio there were also some good bluewater captures including mahi mahi and yellow fin caught using the Cheaters as well... CHS-772MH, CHS-672M and CHS-692MH doing the damage. The fish of the trip were caught in a Pandi including a world class fish going to Henry... 36.6lb's of Spot Tail bass caught on his Nordic Stage Cheater CHS-672M... ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-12-08
Views: 702
Deep Water Cheater
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Most of the work I have done thus far with the Nordic Stage has been shallower water, cracking hards and jigging plastics out of snags etc. However recently I decided to put my Nordic Stage Cheater CHS-692MH to the test with plastics in about 70 meters of water. The decision turned out to be a good one with the rod relaying all hits very rapidly up through the blank into my hand. Although I use a longer model (CHS-772MH) for a lot of my casting from rocks or even boat, the shorter  CHS-692MH  was perfect for this deeper more verticle angling allowing for a more rapid pump and wind. It is something I look forward to trying out more over the holiday period on the reefs arounf SEQLD.  
Author: Angus
Published: 2015-12-08
Views: 306
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: 903
Nordic Stage “Artist” - The hunt for the Black Bream
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Nordic Stage “Artist” - The hunt for the Black Bream   So over the xmas break i went down to my home town of Narooma in nsw, I only had one goal fishing wise which was to catch my first black bream and it was gonna be on the Nordic Stage Artist, Only having this rod in my quiver for a short time it had not yet been properly blooded on a fish worthy of bragging about, I was gonna be in Narooma for approximately 2 and a half weeks so i had plenty of time to focus on my goal, i also had alot of mates down there with their local knowledge to point me in the right direction, This was also gonna be a battle of Gradpa vs Grandson LOL Well first day my grandpa beat me by catching the first black .... Spewin, I was only able to find small yellowfin bream,  During that week we were put off with some pretty bad weather, so that set us back a bit , after the storms passed we decided to go for a hunt up the tuross river , the water was extremely fresh , you could pretty much drink it , ...
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Author: Jase
Published: 2015-01-31
Views: 681
Categories: Field Tests, ARTIST
Testing the Artist for the first time
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  Picking up the Artist for the first time i had very high expectation for this rod ive firstly noticed how the rod is abit stiffer than the Areal Pro expecially in the tip which will result in alot more accurancy in casting and easier to place the lure where i need it. Unique X-Torque technology in this rod is another massive avantage to my casting abilility when needed for tight areas where i need it less than a foot from my designated target. New tangle free Kigan 5G Guides are extremly benefical and super light weight, when casting ive noticed with these new guides give it alot more line management and has basically elimiated the drama of line tangling around the guides or tip of rod dramaically, New Fuji seat reel is just one of a kind perfectly sits in your hand for maxium comfort with premium grade cork handle which is very durable also very comfortable ...
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Author: Justin
Published: 2014-11-07
Views: 608
Fun With A Cheater
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The Kilt collection has just arrived on Australian shores and have been met with huge enthusiasm. Our field staff have been out and about for the last couple of months testing them in varying Australian conditions with huge success. One such angler, Ian Ferguson has grown a fast appreciation for the versatility and tenacity of the Nordic Stage Cheater. From the seat of his kayak to the banks of skinny water and even offshore Ian has been putting his Cheater to the test on many interesting Australian species. Initial feedback has been great suggesting the rod holds its Nordic Stage reputation by being sensitive and light in the hand, but still being able to pull decent fish backwards in tight terrain. Offshore the rod still has to power for lift and wind necessity of bigger fish as the above Jewy demonstrates. Overall the Cheater is a welcome addition to the stable and we look forward to seeing it more readily in action soon. With an RRP of between $280 and $310 depending on the spec, these ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-10-16
Views: 1100
Categories: Field Tests, CHEATER
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: 601
Inshore fun with the F1
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    I love my mangrove jack fishing but due to the recent cold snaps I’ve found myself venturing out to the inshore reefs of Noosa to satisfy my piscatorial desires. The main species I have been catching are some thumping Grassies, the odd snapper and freakishly late for the season I have been enjoying crazy sessions on school and Spanish Mackerel. I am starting to gather quite an arsenal of Nordic stage rods however lately the F1 has been my goto weapon for the inshore waters. I have been using it to spin, flick plastics and also for sinking a few baits back down into a burley trail. I have found the slowish taper of the F1 to be a great asset suitable for all these styles. I know it’s almost a sin to use a rod this good for bait fishing but when it’s loaded up you really appreciate the value of using a rod of this calibre. When fishing the burley trail with circle hooks the advantages of the rod came clear. F1 gave a little time for the fish to pull and firmly mouth ...
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Author: Justin
Published: 2014-07-18
Views: 923
The Light Tackle Cult...
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Tim with a smashing Queenie on the Nordic Stage Areal... Ultra-light tackle is nothing new, but the way it is applied seems to be evolving at an expediential rate. Finesse applications and gear have existed in Australia since rods and reels were first married up in a modern sense. Whether it be nibble tip whiting rods, or lightly weighted trout gear, there has always been a place for ultra-light gear.  The tournament bream scene also saw a huge increase in finesse applications. “Light” leaders went from 8lb to 4lb and lower as anglers fought hard to coax fish that were regularly experiencing the pressure of the hunt. However what we at Nordic Stage are seeing more and more of is not so much the downsizing of gear for the sheer necessity, but the down sizing of gear to dramatically turn the odds against the angler, and thus make the fight (successful or no) that much more memorable. Being able to pull big fish like this out of tough terrain is a true testimont to the rod, and moreso ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-07-12
Views: 490
Why I feel naked without my Areal.
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For people who don't know me, I've always enjoyed fishing. There have been other interests and hobbies in my life, but fishing has stood the test of time. I've always bought good quality gear from leading manufactures and was completely satisfied with using them. That's until I heard about the Nordic Stage Areal range. I must admit, I was hesitant at first. I felt that the gear I had was well suited for the type of fishing that I did. I had two identical setups, both 6'6, 2-5kg, 10lb braid on 2500 size reel. But I was eager to catch more fish. So I decided to go with the Nordic Stage Jaeger, matched with a smaller 1000 size reel with lighter 8lb braid. The rod felt absolutely perfect in my hand. It's super light and has a great action. I couldn't believe the weight different between the Areal and my other rods. After trying if for the first time, I couldn't believe the feedback I was receiving back through the rod. This feedback is crucial when fishing little hard body ...
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Author: Ian
Published: 2014-07-08
Views: 475
Categories: Field Tests, Areal
Nordic Stage Artist: A Revelation
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Well we have had some Nordic Stage Artist samples in the country now for a month or so and have been extremely impressed while doing some field tests. With the range due for release at the end of this month, we thought it high time to share some of the finer points relating to this amazing range of rods. Part of the larger “Kilt Collection” range (named for each rods attached “Scottish” tartan), the Artist is the most advanced rod ever manufactured by the Nordic Stage team. Aesthetics aside (which we believe to be phenomenal), there are several points of technology that set it on par with the very best on the market, and in a couple of cases beyond in regards to new and unique tech. Accurate casting under overhangs accounted for this Australian Bass Before going into detail the obvious points must be pointed out. The Nordic Stage Artists are a range of premium light and ultra-light spinning rods, which feature an extremely slim and stiff blank, rather unusual in the ultra-light ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-07-04
Views: 1087
Categories: Field Tests, ARTIST
Young Raiders Blooding Their Nordics...
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Josh with a cracking sooty on his new Nordic Stage Favorite For a while now I have been following the exploits of 3 young anglers from far North Queensland. Otherwise known as the Bivouac Boyz, these three lads epitomise an adventurous, no holes barred attitude! Mitch, Cody and Josh (aged 6, 9 and 12 respectively) hail from Charters Towers, west of Townsville. Their page (Bivouac Boyz) caught my attention a while ago when I was researching some new Sooty Grunter grounds up north. What really appealed to me was the their apparent independence while fishing, geneurnly getting out there and giving everything a go! This "apparent" independence was confirmed on my recent trip up noth by their ad Joe (the local council member for Charters Towers). I his own words "the boys finish school on a Friday, pack their kayaks, fishing gear and swags and disappear until Sunday. They camp, fish, hunt the local wold peacocks for dinner and generally have a blast! Of course it helps living at the Bivouac ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-07-04
Views: 3801
'Cheating' The Odds
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My recent trip to North Queensland was an awesome opportunity to test some of the new Nordic Stage “Kilt Collection” (due to be released to the Australian market mid 2014). These rods have been a much anticipated addition to the Nordic Stable. Each rod in the range features innovative and in many cases unique technology for the Australian market which, as distributors we find extremely exciting.  All the “Kilts” feature the sensational new Kigan Z guides which have been so successful for us on both our Areal Pro and Dynamic F1 ranges. In addition to this we will be introducing “X-Torque” technology to Australia and we are proud to do so. The "Kilt" of preference up north was to be the Nordic Stage Cheater. This rod appealed as it offered some backbone and fast action desired for tussling with hard hitting fish such as Sooty Grunter in tight terrain. The two models used by me over the week were chosen for their relatively short lengths. Most waterways ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-06-20
Views: 1054
Categories: Field Tests, CHEATER
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: 851
Barra And Pelagics On The Nordic Stage Favorites.
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After using a couple of diffrent size Nordic Stage Favorite rods on various fish species, mainly freshwater and some canal dwellers, i've come to relise that these rods could handle a lot more than what i was putting them through. (even though an 80cm+ MRC can be near unstoppable in the skinny water). A barra trip was on the cards and it was a good chance to try out the favorite (FAS-662MH). I chose the 6'7 10-20lb. This would be the ideal rod for me as most of my fishing was from a kayak and sometimes landbased where the trees and surroundings were thick. The shorter rod made for easier casting in those tight situations. With the strength of the FAS-662MH some 40lb main and 50lb leader the rod loaded up nicely and was quite capable of stopping the bigger models from heading back into the timber, even with an almost locked drag. I've now set my sights on targeting some pelagic speed machines. I down graded the main line to 30lb ...
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Author: Ferg
Published: 2014-05-11
Views: 43264
Categories: Field Tests, Favorite