Reviewed by Bob
9' 2pc 6wt
Retail Price $189.95 US
Lifetime unconditional warranty
Available from Sirrus directly.
4820 Intrepid Drive
Las Vegas, Nv. 89130
away your calculators, the Modulus Wars are over."
so 90's. From a marketting and advertising point of view, it is
mention of modulus does continue to pop up from time to time in
advertising, most anglers, and indeed most rod and blank manufacturers,
have gotten over their numbers fetish. Modulus is simply not the
deal maker it once was. We're hearing more about the design and
construction process, including the introduction of new materials
and the blending of existing materials. In short, the hype now
is centered around the engineering that goes into a rod, not the
are still faced with a good deal of smoke and mirrors, along
with a whole new set of jargon (now we have to learn what "scrim"
and "pre-preg" are), at least the advertising direction
is away from a single reference statistic that does not really
tell much of a story by itself. That the marketting folks are
giving us a glimpse into the engineer's world is a good thing.
Whether or not any of it makes sense, or indeed yields a better
performing rod, is another.
an engineer (of which I am one by degree) will be the first to
point out that the term "modulus" is not just a marketting
tool, that it describes the properties of the materials that are
constructed into a rod blank, but that's beside the point.
it might be hard to see in this photo, the butt section
(top) shows the filament
winding and the tip section (bottom) is made with a conventional
a brand new rod company. If you remember my review of the Lamiglas
Ti2000, you'll recognize the concept in use here - the butt
section of the rod includes a section of tubular material where
you would normally see the continuation of a "normal"
graphite blank. In the Lamiglas case, it was a flared tube of
titanium. In the Sirrus case, it is a flared tube of "filament
wound graphite". The connection between these two rods is
their designer, Ken Whiting.
filament winding ends at the first stripping
guide. The joint is a "permanent ferrule" of
craftsmanship is top notch - much better than
most product rods I've come across and as good
as most custom rods I've seen.
gold hardware on my rod is not standard.
The production rods will feature platinum finished
seats or optionally nickel silver fittings. The
saltwater rods will have all-metal black
In the late
90's, Ken was busy designing golf shafts that used a combination
of titanium and graphite when the idea struck him that this same
process could be transferred to fishing rods. The result of his
work with Lamiglas was the "Ti2000" that took the "Best
Rod" award for new products at the 1998 ICAST show.
It was apparent
that Ken was on to something - by introducing new materials and
new design concepts, he could produce a product that set itself
apart from standard graphite rods. He continued his work after
the Ti2000, working with other companies, designs, and materials.
In Ken's own words "It was during these tests that I became
aware of just how important that area between the reel and the
first guide really is to a rod. In testing we saw reduced fatigue,
increased fighting power, and significant improvements in casting
distance." By making this portion of the rod very strong,
he was able to boost the performance without sacrificing fishability.
The Sirrus Co-Matrix rod is the latest result of Ken Whiting's
I was able
to verify Ken's performance claims for his Co-Matrix rods with
my own backyard and streamside tests. The rod is indeed powerful,
but not overly stiff and has a very light feeling tip. Like it's
Lamiglas cousin, the Co-Matrix is flexible enough to allow in-close
fishing, yet has plenty of backbone to reach out to distant targets.
Simply put - it's easy to cast and a joy to fish with.
me most about the
Co-Matrix rod was the aesthetics. The craftsmanship in the rod
rivaled what I would expect on a fine custom built rod - gold
trim rings at each guide, a grip turned from high quality cork,
and outstanding epoxy work. This rod would stand out among any
big name production rod. My hat's off to Sirrus for not taking
a short cut in this area while still keeping the price surprisingly
of the Co-Matrix are in tune with most modern "high performance"
rods. Single foot wire snake guides (which I use on my own personal
rods), a ceramic insert stripping guide, and a nice reel seat
with a beautiful cocobolo spacer (although Ken tells me the final
production rods will feature platinum finished or optionally nickel
silver seats in place of the gold found on my rod). A very professionally
put together tool, this rod.
to the 6wt reviewed here, Sirrus also produces the Co-Matrix in
an 8' 3/4wt, a 9' 9wt, and a 9' 12wt. The latter will be field
tested by Martin Joergensen when he takes a trip to Belize sometime
this year (no, he's not bringing the GFF crew with him, the bum).
If it's as good as Ken says it is, then Martin won't have an excuse
for us if he doesn't land his tarpon. The rest of the Sirrus Co-Matrix
line is comprised of bass rods. These rods are not as yet available
I have to
hand it to Sirrus - for under $200, they made one heck of a fine
fly rod. Give them a call. I'm sure they would be glad to tell
you more about them.