Author: Richard Franklin (sweetandsalt senior member)
I have cast, fished and/or own a bunch of Douglas SKY’s from small stream trout to oceanic environs sizes. Douglas Outdoors is a New York State company that someday is going to build rods in a brand new, advanced technology rod shop but currently has them fabricated in a top quality S. Korean shop. I’ve known their rod designer, Fred Contaoi for many years and have great respect for his designs. SKYs are built employing Nano silica particulate resin and high strain, multi-modulus graphite using expert blank craftsmanship skills. The blank and anodized reel seat are finished in matte gunmetal grey and the thread wraps are black with the primaries trimmed in lighter grey, good looking, stealthy and understated. SKY’s use a great guide set with the most advanced titanium framed Fuji Torzite strippers and nickel titanium single foot Recoils, light weight and impervious to salt. They are packed in a synthetic mesh, breathable and quick drying, unique rod sleeve and an all-aluminum tube with an engraved cap. All in all, SKY is a carefully conceived, well thought out, quality product. Our recent trip to Florida in pursuit of redfish on the flats was the first time I’ve fished SKY in its 9’/#8-weight form. Usually I describe SKYs as progressive at the faster end of medium fast…think Zenith but significantly refined, improved and notably smoother. However, for this rod in its 8-weight configuration I‘m losing the medium and going with fast, fast and powerful but still with sufficient tip flex for great feedback, line feel and casting short off the tip.
We put this SKYs prowess to the test as day two of our redfishing included winds in the 20 knot class necessitating tight loops and lots of line speed. I do not think I and surly not my wife who shared this rod with me, have the arm strength to access all this rod’s lower taper, vast reserves of power but SKY got it done and its distance ability is limited only by your casting… See the Full Review/Comments here