Megabass Valkyrie Rods Take
Flight with New Shielz Hybrid Construction
Introduction: Almost as if it was a stealth launch the Megabass
Valkyrie rods are now available to domestic anglers, but just what are these
rods, and how are they positioned? We spend a day on the water with Megabass
Prostaffer and Big Bass hunter Oliver Ngy to fish and learn more about this new
lineup of "adjustable" rods.
Megabass's Valkyrie rods exhibit
the usual attention to detail that the company is known for
Information about the Megabass Valkyrie rods is
still somewhat scarce, almost as if the series is meant to be a secret to all
those that can be truly considered hardcore Megabass enthusiasts. The series was
first launched in Japan and is designed for anglers that are looking for not only
excellent sensitivity and power, but also improved balance and ergonomics.
The Valkyrie rods are designed to
balance out well with just about any reel thanks to a unique adjustable feature,
but more on that later...
What is Shielz?: Megabass has a habit of
naming their material and construction technologies like kabt (pronounced kabutoh)
for example, which is utilized in the latest Orochi XX rods and consists of
metal microfiber material to improve rod lifting power, torque, lightness, and
The Valkyrie rods are the
first lineup to make use of "Shielz," a fused material and construction that
weaves both carbon fiber together with fiberglass in a multilayered and
The rods make use of a new glass
and graphite material construction that Megabass has branded "Shielz"
Where did the idea for Shielz come from? Anglers
may be surprised to learn that inspiration came from traditional kimono belts
from ancient Japan which exhibited exceptional strength to weight ratios.
Megabass analyzed the
structure and weave of these ancient kimono belts which inspired the team to
create their own fiber layer of thin film which is then reinforced with 40%
elongated micro glass and 60% carbon fiber all interwoven together.
The rods come armed with stainless
steel SiC guides
Through rigorous testing they continued to make
adjustments and ultimately achieved a construction that is Shielz today which
exhibits increased crush strength of the shaft, high rigidity when it comes to
twisting and bending, as well as low overall weight.
While we were on the water Oliver
fished the actual Megabass iSlide 262 swimbait that he utilized to catch the 6.82
at the Lake of the Ozarks Big Bass Bash last month to win the top prize of
Freedom to Adjust: One of the biggest features in the Valkyrie series
is the MAHS (Megabass Adjustable Handling System) which like the name implies
allows anglers to adjust the length of the rear grip on the fly. Simply rotate
to unlock the handle and adjust the length and rotate back to lock it in the
Oliver shows me a number of the
Valkyrie rods, each designed for a specific application
The goal of the MAHS
design was to not only configure handle length to personal preferences but give
anglers the ability to adjust the balance point to match their chosen reels
perfectly. It also enables anglers to customize their rods for the application
that they are fishing at that exact moment.
Oliver makes an adjustment to the
rear handle length
For example if you are looking to cover a lot of
water quickly and launch searching baits the extra handle will provide
additional length for long casting. For applications like pitching or punching
the additional handle length will provide additional leverage. On the other end
of the spectrum if you are looking at making short and accurate casts, or
skipping baits, a shorter handle and more balanced outfit can potentially
improve handling and casting accuracy.
The rear handle can be adjusted to
great extremes, though there are maximum adjustment guidelines to maintain the
integrity of the handle when leveraged