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Innovative fly rod blank designed by custom rod builders.  9' 5wt. Eastern dry fly action, 100% carbon fiber.
Innovative fly rod blank designed by custom rod builders. 9' 5wt. Eastern dry fly action, 100% carbon fiber.
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There are no shortage of blanks on the market today. What sets the Aurora I apart? The Aurora I story begins with you. When setting out to design the Aurora I blank I decided to turn control of the design over to the custom rod building community. More than 150 rod builders completed our survey, and the results dictated all aspects of the rod, from the type of graphite used to the color and finish of the blank.  

Aurora I sample and carbon fiber sheets
Aurora I sample and carbon fiber sheets

Construction

The Aurora I is made from 100 percent carbon fiber with no glass scrim and utilizes three kinds of carbon fiber. The upper sections of the blank are IM6 carbon fiber, which offers a smooth flex perfect for protecting tippet and soft presentations. The lower two sections are a combination of IM8 and IM10 carbon fiber that provide added strength for longer casts and positive hookups. Eliminating the scrim means that the Aurora I blank is designed exclusively for strength and flexibility.  

Original Design

The design is original and benefits from the experience and technical aptitude of a Scandinavian rod designer and U.S. based carbon engineer. The color of the blank is natural carbon which provides a clean neutral palette from which to design the final build. A semi-gloss finish allows for a seamless aesthetic between wraps and blank while mitigating flash when casting.  

Action 

The Aurora I takes its inspiration from classic Eastern-style dry fly rods.  The blank loads well without bounce, has excellent recovery, and good swing weight characteristics.  For builders familiar with the CCS standard the Aurora I features an ERN of 4.31 and an AA of 65.  That places the action on the upper end of moderate.  

I had a great question and thought it would be helpful to post it.  The question was, "what happens if the goal is not met?".  Answer: No one is charged until the goal is met.  If the goal is not met, then no one is charged.  Its an all or nothing sort of project. 

Another question I have had is regards to the weight of the blank.  I do not have an exact weight because the final samples came with guides on and do not have the final finish coat applied.  With that being said, the blank with guides  (no grip or seat) weighs in at 1.6oz. Please feel free to message me with any additional questions. 

Ok, as I write this we are over 80% funded.  As a way of saying, "thank you" I will be including a grips worth of Flor grade rings with every blank order and six hand tied flies with every custom rod that is ordered.  Thanks again for your support!

Just received a great question about the ERN of the Aurora I.  With An ERN of 4.36 that would, according to the numbers, put the blank in the upper 4wt. range.  As with all blanks there is a range of lines that they will throw.  After casting a number of lines in a range of weights the consensus was that the rod casts an SA 5wt. trout taper best.  Now, with that being said, if you prefer say a RIO gold line, which is heavier then you could drop down a weight. 

Warranty 
The Aurora I comes with a twenty-year warranty that covers manufacture defects and accidental breakage.  The warranty is non-transferable.  

Risks and challenges

The Aurora I blank will be constructed from 100% Toray carbon fiber sourced out of Japan. The layup, rolling, and finish work will be conducted in a small production facility that I have been in contact with for over a year. The factory has ten employees with a combined 200 years of rod building experience. An unfinished sample blank has been selected out of numerous samples and has been tested to ensure 100% carbon fiber construction and multi-directional layup.

The finished blanks will be ordered immediately following a successful campaign and will be ready for shipment roughly 90 days after the final quality has been confirmed.

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    An Aurora I 9' 5wt. four piece fly rod blank complete with rod sock. Pledge amount includes shipping.

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    A custom built Aurora I dry fly rod with your choice of thread color and grip shape. Pledge amount includes shipping.

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    Premium custom built Aurora I dry fly rod with your choice of thread color, trim wraps, custom turned grip, and premium reel seat. Pledge amount includes shipping.

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