INNOVATION with quality craftsmanship and durability are the building blocks of every RainShadow blank. As a premier visionary of rod blanks for all applications, we use the most refined processes and hand-picked materials available today. Any brand is only as good as its team members, and our Jaguar Design team is comprised of some of the finest designers and engineers in the rod building world. Every one of our blanks is meticulously engineered, crafted, and tested to ensure top quality in performance and reliability.
Consider a bass rod blank, in order for it to be released into the marketplace, it must perform a number of highly technical and finesse casts. How does it cast with the correct line and lure rating? and so on… Now consider a float rod for steelhead fishing. Does it allow the proper line control? Does it cast with a float correctly? Does it have the correct amount of power to control the fish during the fight without breaking the line? Bottom line, it takes a combination of years of experience in both fishing and rod building, along with the proper application of modern materials and techniques, to create the best rod blanks. Jaguar Design brings this quality directly to your hands with RainShadow rod blanks.
RainShadow rod blanks are made with first-class “fishability” in mind. Representing a superior level of performance for your dollar. Our products incorporate a multitude of technologies that make them some of the lightest, most sensitive, and well-rounded blanks. Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll be impressed with your experience. With a wide variety available, our team can help you find the perfect blank for your specific application.
RainShadow blanks are not just a hollow piece of composite; it’s embraced with layers of technology that prove they are the best blanks on the market. On these pages are definitions of each RainShadow technology for easy reference. These high-tech components are incorporated into every RainShadow blank to bring you the best fight of your fishing experience.
ROD BLANK TECHNOLOGY
From the proprietary NCT™, giving more strength and durability, to the exclusive HDSC™ technology, layering your rod blank for the maximum strength and flexibility. Jaguar Design™ brings you the most advanced rod blanks for your dollar in the industry. Review all the technologies to see whats involved with each and every blank we sell. Trust that high performance and durability are at the forefront of all the RainShadow™ blank designs.
As our flagship offering, this graphite material is brand new for 2014 and represents the pinnacle of technological-innovation available from RainShadow. Utilizing proprietary ultra-high modulus Toray carbon fiber, we combine this with a brand new nano compound technology based resin system and a classified design. The results? This is the lightest, strongest, most sensitive material used in blanks we offer. We were able to achieve not only amazing strength-to-weight ratios, but truly jaw-dropping sensitivity as well.
This graphite material offers top-shelf performance and ultra-high modulus Toray fibers, super lightweight scrim, and an optimized resin content. All of this translates into outstanding blanks that are feather light, brutally strong, and offer heightened sensitivity.
This graphite material does not cut any corners when it comes to offering high performance for your dollar. RainShadow RX7 graphite consist of intermediate modulus that is based on one of the finest carbon fibers Toray has ever produced. The RX7 graphite is wildly popular as well as versatile. Every RX7 hits a real sweet spot of performance and power that will impress even the most seasoned angler. This is truly one of the finest overall materials being used in the fishing industry today.
RainShadow RX6 graphite material represents the optimum standard modulus material ever formulated. Like other materials sitting above the RX6 graphite series, these are also based on some of the best fibers Toray has to offer. To achieve extreme durability, we couple these fibers with our optimized resin content to create a series of workhorse blanks. RX6 are ideal tournament material for rods that can detect the lightest bites, yet are able to withstand the abuse from competitive anglers. Each blank in the RX6 graphite family fishes with the lightweight crispness, sensitivity, and power you expect.
Looking for the highest level of durability without switching to a full fiberglass blank? Our RainShadow RX4 graphite series is a proprietary graphite and fiberglass matrix that’s used in conjunction with a high impact resin system. The outcome is a selection of blanks that have durability similar to fiberglass, with the benefit of graphite, they still retain satisfying sensitivity. All RX4 blank models are versatile enough for a wide range of applications where durability is the main focus. This has proven to be one of our most reliable materials used to design some of the toughest blanks on the market.
If a practically indestructible fiberglass material is what you’re seeking, then RainShadow E-Glass is what you should search for. These are extremely popular for heavy-duty saltwater applications where strength and reliability are of paramount importance. This fiberglass series will withstand the abuse and keep you coming back for more.
Our solidglass lineup of fiberglass material is commonly used in heavy duty situations. Solidglass is the perfect material when you want to build a rod that is not only extremely cost effective, but also offers unrivaled durability. The solid design allows for grinding a custom taper that is not possible with a traditional tubular design.
NANO COMPOUND TECHNOLOGY
This proprietary omnidirectional technology increases blank strength up to 30% over traditional resin systems. NCT makes for a strong, extremely crisp blank while shaving off any unnecessary weight.
OPTIMIZED RESIN CONTENT
Resin systems are the binding agents used in prepreg. Determining the correct resin content is critical to a quality blank, and we optimize the amount for each model series we offer.
Exclusively by Jaguar Design, HDSC is incorporated into a blank to improve strength while trimming excess weight. This precision design concept allows us to greatly reduce the width of a rod blank. The end result is a sensitive, strong, streamlined rod.
ULTRA-HIGH MODULUS REINFORCEMENT
During the blank design process, we often blend different materials to achieve predetermined performance goals. UHMR is only used in our highest performance ETERNITY² and IMMORTAL blank designs and allows our engineers to add stiffness without extra bulk.
HIGH MODULUS REINFORCEMENT
This proprietary reinforcement process is used exclusively in our REVELATION and RX7 models. Thanks to HMR, our engineering team is able to add stiffness while keeping these blanks surprisingly light in hand.
COMPUTERIZED CURING TEMPERATURE CONTROL
All rod blanks need to be carefully and correctly cured during the manufacturing process. We bake all of our RainShadow blanks in computer-controlled ovens which ensures the resin systems are cured correctly.
OPTIMIZED WALL THICKNESS
The Jaguar Design team has spent countless months developing the correct composite patterns to optimize the wall thickness of each blank. Rods tuned with OWT are individually enhanced for the best possible performance.
DYNAMIC MODULUS POSITIONING
We carefully position material along a rod blank depending on the type of material as well as the modulus rating. This achieves the perfect balance of light weight, strength, and sensitivity.
ADVANCED TAPE TENSION
After a blank pattern has been rolled onto the mandrel, tape is then pressure wrapped around it. To say this is an important part of the blank building process would be an understatement. We tape our blanks using the finest devices available to allow for optimal compaction of the pattern to the mandrel.
VERSATILE DURABLE BLEND
The proprietary VDB technology found on our RX6/E-GLASS and RX4 graphite blend rod blanks, combines the strength of fiberglass with the light weight and sensitivity of graphite. Blanks using this blend are incredibly strong but still maintain a comfortable weight not found in competing offerings.
SUPER SLIM FERRULE
Found only in our fly and conventional multi-piece blanks, SSF maintains a true bend profile by eliminating the flat spot(s) commonly seen at the ferrule. This means you’ll experience enhanced casting performance and dramatically increased strength at the rod connection.
Choosing the correct combination of materials is a key component of blank design. Since there is no single material that will magically make a perfect rod blank, it takes knowledge and experience to find just the right blend. When designing the vast majority of blanks, a precision blend of various graphite and fiberglass types must be used to achieve the desired results. Our Jaguar Design™ team uses only the world’s finest materials from top manufacturers like Toray, all of which are formulated to our own proprietary specifications using custom resin systems.
Material choices are obviously important, but the right design pattern processes are equally critical. We stay on top of every single aspect like pattern cutting, mandrel prepping, material handling, factory cleanliness, and climate control. The uncompromising standard of quality control that we have in place allows us to achieve a level of consistency not found in any other blanks. Even though each RainShadow™ model requires different materials and processing, all of our products benefit from the same levels of care and engineering.
Pictured is a typical roll of graphite prepreg. Comprised of carbon fiber, a scrim system, and a resin system, it is the foundation for every single blank we design. Prepreg forms a cloth that can be cut into different shapes and customized proprietary patterns that is used in the construction of a fishing rod blank. When we talk about using proprietary materials and resin systems, it translates into carefully choosing the specific carbon fiber, scrim system, resin system, and resin content to apply when making our various materials. After the prepreg is ordered under strict guidelines from our most trusted suppliers, it’s used in making our finest RainShadow™ blanks.
Think of resin like the various bonding adhesives we all use in everyday life. Different materials require different glue types and amounts, and one must allocate sufficient time for the glue to cure properly. Resin systems for making rod blanks are similar in that you must choose the correct one, use the right amount, and cure it perfectly. If you fail to do even one of these processes correctly, your blank will fail.
Whether choosing an entry level or premium offering, each of our materials is comprised of its own custom and optimized resin system. Generally, the resin is epoxy-based and must be cured ensuring the best outcome possible. The resin is permeated in the prepreg system that we previously discussed and is a critical component of the blank material.
We are very particular about what goes into our blanks because we demand nothing but excellent results. All of our resin systems have been formulated by our veteran engineering team and are carefully guarded trade secrets. Incorporating certain advancements like nano technology allows us to constantly push the envelope and give our customers the latest in cutting-edge blank designs.
The engineers at Jaguar Design™ are future thinkers of the latest technologies available. We are in constant search for new and innovative ways to design and build better rod blanks. There is no “one right way” to build every rod blank. In the last few years there has been improvements made in resin systems specifically with incorporating nano technology.
NANO DEFINED: MICROSCOPTIC
Nano particles are measured in nanometers and one nanometer is equal to one-billionth of a meter. For visual aid reference, the mason jars shown are filled with sugar, BBs, marbles, and golf balls. This shows the difference of sizes in molecules and “air space” between each molecule. The sugar particles look small, but are really very large compared to Nano particles. The smaller they can be made, THE BETTER THEY WILL BOND OMNIDIRECTIONALLY. This means a stronger resin, which translates into stronger rod blanks.
SO WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN?
Engineers have been able to develop resin systems that have broken down the molecular structure to incredibly small sizes. Nano technology allows Jaguar Design™ to manipulate this very small matter, thus enabling them to create blanks with a much tighter and stronger bond. Ultimately, with this technology at our disposal, the Jaguar Design™ team for RainShadow™ is able to develop blanks that go far beyond the average rod blank.
The power of your rod is an important factor when choosing your next build. From ULTRA LIGHT to EXTRA HEAVY, there are eight different powers to choose from. Take for instance bass blanks. If you are going to be drop shot fishing, a rod blank in the 6-14lb line rating range would meet your needs, and is rated at a medium power. If you are going to be frog/slop fishing, you would want something in the 12-25lb line rating range, a heavy power. Match the power of the blank to the fishing application suited to your needs
If you are using the correct action to your fishing application,it could be the difference between catching that prize fish, or going home empty handed! The blank actions from RainShadow range from SLOW to EXTRA FAST. Each action is designed with a specific fishing application in mind. Understanding the action or flex of a blank is crucial when choosing a blank for your perfect rod build. If the blank flexes only in the tip of the blank, that would be an EXTRA FAST action. If the bend in the blank is more parabolic, like a rainbow, the action is SLOW. The Progressive action in the regulation trolling blanks compares to a moderate action blank. Be sure to refer to the table shown so you can correctly match your fishing technique to the blank that will suit you best.
Jaguar Design never cuts corners when it comes to the design, innovation, and performance of our rod blanks. Our team tackles blank design in multiple phases to make certain that no details are overlooked. To begin this lengthy process, we first set out to design a blank with a specific application in mind. This requires us to create a rough strategy that is thoroughly dissected, so we can make adjustments and lay out design concepts. Once we choose the appropriate graphite and resin system, the concept blanks are then cost evaluated and samples are proposed. These samples undergo harsh testing so we can be the first ones to discover any necessary improvements. Research and Development is a key ingredient to the success of our rod blanks. Without real world experience, how could you trust the blanks to perform at top-notch levels? If everything is complete at this point, the blanks are produced and ready to be fished by you, the customer.
The Jaguar design team seeks out different fishing applications to come up with the best possible blank for every situation. From ultra-light spinning blanks with the perfect flex and lure weight, to the mighty and Wicked tuna blanks that need the durability to hold up to the most brutal fish battles.