Using Thermoplastic technology found nowhere else in the sporting goods industry, the T3 will not only change the way all fly rods are made, it will change the way a fly rod performs for you.
The T3 represents a revolution in rod making technology.
The latest rod from Orvis achieves what fly rod designers have been attempting to do for generations: to make a lighter, more powerful rod that casts with precision and possesses touch and sensitivity.To achieve this degree of performance, Orvis’ rod engineers examined every aspect of the fly rod, from the machines and processes used to make the rod to the way in which graphite fibers interact with each other on the molecular level. Fusing technology with tradition, the Orvis rod shop, the oldest continuously operating rod manufacturing facility in the world, blended a history of hands-on craftsmanship with space age technology to create the ultimate fly rod, the T3.
The performance result for the caster is immediate and measurable. Every T3 is at least 20% lighter, in swing weight, than a comparable Trident TLS resulting in a rod that increases accuracy and sensitivity and reduces casting fatigue. Every T3 is at least 20% stronger than a comparable Trident TLS, delivering, ounce for ounce, more distance enhancing, fish-fighting power than any rod made. And the T3 is 20% tougher than a comparable TLS, giving the caster the security that, despite its thoroughbred technology, the T3 is a workhorse with the ability to withstand being nicked by a conehead muddler on a backcast or dropped to the deck of a flats boat.
The T3 is the most innovative product to hit the fly rod market in a generation, utilizing technologies not employed in any other sporting goods application. What makes these rods lighter, tougher, and stronger, is the way in which Orvis employs thermoplastic-enriched, thermoset resins and nanoceramic binders in the graphite matrix. About the only other product that uses the same graphite composites – for the same reasons – is the Apache attack helicopter’s blades.
At the end of a process that employs extreme heat and pressure, each graphite fiber is wrapped in a protective, strengthening sheath. The result is a fiber that is more impact resistant—tougher—and stronger than any other graphite fiber/resin combination. This protective sheathing allows Orvis to use a higher performance, high modulus graphite that offers more stiffness with less weight. The rod designer can actually use less material to produce a more powerful fly rod.
20% Lighter in swing or levered weight than a comparable Trident TLS. Pick up an Orvis T3 and what you’ll feel is the perfect balance of tip and butt, rod and reel, giving you three significant performance advantages.
- The T3 tracks better throughout the casting stroke, improving your accuracy. High modulus graphite is stiff by nature. The T3 utilizes the highest modulus graphite ever used in a fly rod. Add to the stiff graphite matrix a thermoplastic-enriched, thermoset resin that encases each fiber, and you have a rod that, along its length during a casting stroke does not deviate from the path the caster imparted. With other rods, not all accuracy problems are due to pilot error. The T3 eliminates other variables, allowing the caster complete control of the direction of the fly line and, ultimately the fly.
- The T3 helps you gauge the weight of the line beyond the tip, improving sensitivity and timing, and enabling you to utilize its power. The T3 is so well balanced that the only weight perceived by the caster is the fly line’s weight throughout the casting arc. An enhanced sense of how the fly line is affecting the rod allows the caster to improve timing and maximize casting energy for increased distance.
- The T3 reduces casting fatigue. In addition to utilizing a far lighter material, physical weight along the rod can be precisely adjusted with the majority of the rods mass strategically placed near your hand, reducing swing weight, maximizing leverage to minimize effort. Thermoplastic technology has given Orvis rod designers a larger pallet from which to create the perfect casting action and to do so while enhancing overall rod balance. The Orvis rod design team can actually use less material and create a rod that is not only lighter but more powerful. Combining this technology with the time tested compound taper technology used in the Trident TLS, precise balance can be achieved, a balance that does not vary with 15’ of line out or with 50’ on the water.
20% Tougher than a comparable TLS. Nick your rod with a weighted conehead steamer on the backcast, or watch your rod slide off the car to the gravel and you’ll understand why toughness matters. Each of the thousands of carbon fibers in the rod matrix are encased, protecting them from incidental impact. The most advanced nano-particle technology in the world further strengthens the T3. Similar Nanoceramic polymers are used to make false teeth strong enough to the withstand the tremendous pressure exerted on a tooth by the human jaw. In the T3, Nanoceramic binders in the graphite matrix work in tandem with the unique resin system to improve impact resistance, retard microscopic cracks, and improve tensile and compression strength.
20% Stronger than a comparable TLS. Patented rod making technology allows Orvis to use a higher modulus graphite than any other rod company in the world. The use of high modulus materials gives the power-generating butt section of every T3 incredible strength and power, adding fish-fighting muscle, increasing casting range and maximizing wind-cutting power. The result is a crisp, powerful rod that still retains the sensitivity to afford the caster complete control and accuracy. The T3’s power is also felt when it comes time to lift a fish from the depths to a waiting net. Despite its smooth flex a T3 can exert tremendous power on a fish, each super-strong high-modulus fiber in the rod contributing, like a series of bridge cables, to the unexpected strength of the whole.
The lighter, tougher, stronger T3 delivers serious fishing power to the people.