The backbone of the family consists of four piece lightweight fast action saltwater rods targeted to three classical shallow water species – bonefish, permit and tarpon. These rods incorporate everything we have learned during the 20 years of rod design and manufacturing - and then some.
- A natural unsanded and unpainted blank for the best action
- Unique silica nano resin combined with a mix of different carbon fibres
- Adouble nut up-locking precision machined aluminum reel seat
- Patented REC nickel titanium stripping and snake guides
- Full wells handles with AAAA Portuguese cork with rubber cork enforcement.
- Fighting butt size varies with each rod weight and has a target species branded on the end cap of the FB
- Supplied in a custom aluminum tube with engraved metal end caps together with a cloth bag
- Tested all over the world by sailfish, tarpon, permit, jacks, bonefish etc…
In 2017 we introduced three additional models to complement Merisuola family: one #6 for those ideal conditions when your favorite shallow flat is dead calm and you can see tails and backs everywhere, one #7 specially designed for coastal seatrout fishing and a generic #9 workhorse especially suitable for pike/barracuda fishing everywhere where you can find those aggressive toothy critters.
In 2019 we introduced one additional model to the family to cover pretty much everything there is to fish with a fly rod in the saltwater environment: a #14 weight to fight leviathans of the sea.
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MERISUOLA RODS - THE ANATOMY
BLANKS: All carbon rods utilise carbon fibres that are bonded together by an adhesive resin. A resin material incorporating silica nano spheres provides several benefits. We spent a lot of time and money to get our hands on the latest silica nano resin, which we then combined with different carbon fibre mixes. The final secret sauce that makes our new Merisuola rods more durable and responsive than any other rod we've made so far is the one developed for our premium XO rods. It strenghtens the rod significantly by making it more resistant to compression. You'll notice the advantages of it in the responsiveness and weight to strength ratio of the rod as well as in durability. We also tried a lot of different combinations of components from the rod guides to the reel seat. We tried sanded, un-sanded, painted and unpainted blanks. In the end we were left with a rod with a natural un-sanded and unpainted blank enforced with our new sauce of nano silica resin.
HANDLE AND REEL SEAT: A properly shaped high-quality handle is a crucial part of any fly rod and especially so in saltwater fly fishing where large and/or heavy flies are used in windy conditions on a regular basis. We selected proven Full wells handles with AAAA Portuguese cork with rubber cork enforcement for our flagship saltwater rods. A double nut up-locking precision machined aluminum reel seat for secure and easy locking of your reel. Fighting butt size varies with each rod weight and has a target species branded on the end cap. Collect the whole series: bonefish, permit, and tarpon.
LINE GUIDES: The two most useful properties of titanium are corrosion resistance and the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element. Merisuola rods have patented two leg REC nickel titanium alloy snake guides and solid titanium stripping guides. Made in USA.
TUBE & CLOTH: A high-quality aluminum rod tube with machined bar-stock aluminum collar and caps. Bright blue with bright orange Merisuola logo. Inside the cap there is a cork layer working as a cushion with the Fishing Lion logo. Our premium aluminium Merisuola rod tube is finished with a bright orange rod cloth with individual sections for each rod parts. Easy to use and vital for the protection of your premium Merisuola fly rod.
MERISUOLA RODS - #8, #10, #12
MERISUOLA RODS - #6, #7, #9
MERISUOLA ROD - #14
XO reel's stunning look fused with XLB reel's bomb proof & powerful brake. The brake mechanism has been used for over 20 years with countless huge fish under its belt and now it's mounted on this sturdy but beautiful reel family. On these reels this proven brake mechanism is sealed even better than in its predecessors. Two bigger sizes are aimed for heavy saltwater use. The brake power increases very linearly within 2,5 rounds, giving you impressive 8kg maximum force. The waterproofing utilises axle seals from German Ina and all bearings are from Japan. Merisuola 7-8 has the same large-arbour design and brake system as the XO #7-8. However, we have increased the brake power and capacity for this saltwater version.
- Full rim
- #7-8 has the same proven sealed disc brake design as XO #7-8
- #9-10 & #10-12 have a sealed disc brake based on XLB brake design
- Built in counter balance
- SKF bearing grease
When we started the Project Merisuola (Sea salt), the idea was to provide premium tools for devoted saltwater fly fishermen. In the first phase we introduced Merisuola fly rods and fly lines, which were designed simultaneously to complete each other. The harsh saltwater environment and big, strong and fast fish is a combination, which sets some hard limits especially for fly lines. For that reason, we spent numerous hours testing and re-designing our Merisuola fly lines before we were confident that the lines were ready for the challenge.
- Reversed compound taper (long rear taper, short powerful front taper)
- Slick and stiff coating for tropical heat
- Low stretch core (transfers casting energy better, firm hook set with hard mouth fish)
- Super strong ready-made loops
- Designed in conjunction with the Merisuola rods
- Head length 12,8m – total length 30m
- Orange running line – blue head
- Tested all over the world by sailfish, tarpon, permit, jacks, bonefish etc…
- Available in AFTM classes: #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 and #12
Antti Guttorm, Finland
Vision product manager
Merisuola story began with the XO series. When we realized we had something special with XO prototypes I personally started dreaming about making a saltwater rod series with the same materials. Without letting The Boss know I started working on the prototypes. At the time I used the working name Pass Me The Salt-series. Luckily not long after this The Boss had the same idea and ofcourse I agreed and congratulated on a great idea. I have to admit that saltwater fly fishing is an itch I just can't scratch enough. Especially flats fishing. So needless to say this was a dream come through. We agreed that we'll start off with a small range so we can really put time and effort to make every single rod as good as it can be for the kind of fishing it's most likely going to be used at. So we started with 3 rods you need to go after the Grand Slam. Merisuola started as a personal project of mine to make a saltwater rod series of my dreams. A lot of other people contributed to the end goal and I thank each every one of them. We achieved something special!
Niklaus Bauer, Sweden
Vision World Team, Fly-Dressing
I have been using these rods since the arrival of the first generation prototypes. I have tested them with huge jungle tarpon and hard fighting coalfish and halibut. Awesome rods! So nice to cast and yet they have what it takes to fight some serious monsters. Highly recommended for all sorts of fishing from seatrout and pike fishing all the way to the largest leviathan there are - well some marlin and similar excluded.
Jasper Pääkkönen, Finland
Vision World Team, actor
I've been fishing with Merisuola rods all around the world and had the opportunity to put them to a test with Mexican bones, Indian giant trevallies, Bolivian dorados, Brasilian peacock bass and many other hard fighting species. I can't say how impressed I am with the performance of these rods. I've extended their use into Atlantic salmon in Russia and Norway and the big sea run browns in Patagonia - so to be completely honest they have become my go-to rods on most of my important fishing trips.
Harri Hotti, Finland
Vision friend, professional fishing guide
The Tarponator is very light to cast and I would say lighter than anything I've used in the past. It felt unique with the first touch and there is something special in the feel of this rod. It's also amazingly durable. I've pushed these rods to the limit and sometimes it feels even over but they just don't break. These are the factors that make a great rod for my fishing for big tarpon and cobia in the Florida Panhandle. I also use the #10 a lot in the Gulf of Finland and it's my favorite rod for pike fishing. The #9 weight Merisuola would be enough most of the time for pike fishing but I like to keep the touch for these big rods even when I'm fishing in Finland. That way I'm ready when I grab the Tarponator once I get to Florida.
Jari Koski, Finland
Vision friend, hardcore saltwater fly fisherman
I've had the pleasure and privilege to fish with the Merisuola fly rods since the late prototype and launch stages. I've fished with the 9, 10, 12 and 14wt rods. They have been used for fish like Blue fin tuna, false albacore, black fin tuna, shark, pike, perch, redfish, coalfish, etc, etc… So, they have been thoroughly tested on different fishing scenarios. Merisuola fly rods look amazing and are very well build. They are made with high quality components which are very well thought through for actual fishing use. Apart from their stunning looks the real reason for buying these rods is their action. The butter smooth progressive fast action feels extremely natural and easy to cast and makes them one of the best, if not the best rod in the market to fight big fish. There doesn't seem to be any stiff bits in the taper which makes it very easy on the hand when casting long days with it or lifting big, sounding fish on it. There's a true connection between the caster and fly line when casting these rods and that will improve your odds of catching that big one on a long day out in the salt. The high-quality materials and progressive taper make them also very durable. Like I've said many times, fly fishing is a game of tapers and the Merisuola rods certainly have one of the best tapers on the market if you ask me. They are particularly good with small to medium sized flies when casting speed and accuracy is key but can shoot out some hefty flies and sinking lines as well, especially when properly lined. All and all I couldn't be happier with my Merisuola rods and I am very confident that many others have and will enjoy them too. If that wasn't the case, then I wouldn't be writing this testimonial.
Gavin Davis, Australia
Vision friend, hardcore saltwater fly fisherman
It's hard to find a bad rod these days, everything I try seems to be great at one thing or another. But to find a rod that is comfortably just good at everything is rare, that's exactly what I found with the Merisuola and after a long days fishing it's simply a rod I don't want to put down!
Robert Hansson, Sweden
Vision friend / Fish Your Dream /professional fly fishing guide
Proud to own every part of the seven-weight rod from tip to butt. What a fantastic piece. At release it quickly got my attention for streamer fishing qualities that I had never seen before. This whole series is all about streamer fishing and it is strong in casting, I mean really strong. Strong enough for my long hauling accelerations when facing the wind and slide loading the rod through the forward stroke. It definitely extends what is a comfortable distance for me to cast. At the same time it is still able to flex deep when fighting a fish to help keep the fish pinned. From the first day of use I have been misusing and abusing this blank in so many ways, such as dropping the rod off the car driving at full speed, hitting the rod tip with a heavy fly in 23m/s wind, falling and landing on top of the rod at the shoreline. Back in 2016, when I was still breaking rods and in the time before Merisuola, I was ranked no.1 for that year in reclaimed rod parts at Vision. The year after my guide colleague Jerome claimed the top spot on that list before he also leveled up to the stronger components in the Merisuola blanks. It is nice to now be able to keep a rod whole. If these rods can handle me they can handle whatever adventure you might be casting after.
NEED SOME MERISUOLA HELP?
This tackle is covered by MERISUOLA service & warranty from the date of purchase and registration. It does not affect or reduce the owner's statutory rights which cover against manufacturing and material during the statutory period.
- Service & Warranty
- Worldwide service centres
- Vision Group Ltd
In the event of a breakage, your Merisuola rod's broken part will be replaced with a new one at fixed rate of 79.00€ (per piece). In case we need to ship outside EU additional cost 30.00€ will be added. Vision Group is not responsible for possible duties and custom costs when shipping outside EU. This online system works for up to three rod parts only. In case you need complete rod please contact our service center.
Only after this rod is activated for Merisuola service. Please see the REGISTRATION
They can also help you to order spare parts if you do not do it online. Please see the MERISUOLA SERVICE CENTRES for details.
Merisuola product family is available via Vision distributors. To locate your own service centre (the distributor) please go to the Vision distributors page. From there you can also find out Merisuola dealers in your own country.MERISUOLA SERVICE CENTRES
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