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The Sirrus COMATRIX 9 wt. is in many ways the perfect pike rod - able to lift and cast large and heavy flies.

Reviewed by Henk Verhaar

 

GFF Rating: 5
Excellent

Sirrus COMATRIX
9' 2pc 9wt
Retail Price $210.- US
Lifetime unconditional warranty for first owner
Alu tube included in price
Available from Sirrus directly.

Sirrus
4820 Intrepid Drive
Las Vegas, Nv. 89130
Ph: 1-702-395-2173
E-mail: ken@sirrusrods.com

'Wow, beefy' was the first thing that came to mind when I unpacked the Sirrus Co-MATRIX 9 weight rod that Ken Whiting of Sirrus sent me to test as a pike fly rod.

Reinforced
This is a rod with one serious butt. Ken is the person that pioneered titanium-tube-reinforced rods for Lamiglass, among others, and he now has a line of rods, both casting rods and fly rods, of his own that use the same concept of a reinforced lower butt half to increase fighting and lifting power as well as quicken the action of the rod.
Instead of using titanium tubes, however, the Co-MATRIX blanks have a butt reinforcement of spiral-wrapped carbon fibre.

Functional hardware
The Sirrus Co-MATRIX rods (there are 6 models in total, in 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 12 weight) are all two-piece rods, equipped with single leg snake guides, one or two (depending on the model) SiC stripping guides and oversized tiptops. The rod that I tested has basic but perfectly functional hardware. The workmanship and finish on this rod, however, is perfect. Cosmetically therefore, this is a very pleasing rod, although I would vote against that hook-keeper...
  
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Right rod, right water - The Ankeveen peat fens bristle with pike, so they make a fine pike rod testing ground.
Right rod, right water
 
However, although cosmetics may tell you something about the quality of a rod builder and the materials they use, and usually are important in selling rods, you can't fish with cosmetics.

A whole line
Therefore I put this exceptional 9-weight to the test. Testing was done in two ways, dry-casting on a lawn, and actual pike fishing. The dry-casting was done by a small group of excellent casters that I happened to round up during the 2002 Dutch Fly Fair. Casting an 8-weight pike taper line, without fly, their rather unanimous evaluation of this rod was that it is a rather stiff rod, that needs a fair amount of line out to load properly, but that due to its design is capable of aerializing, and delivering, a full line without breaking down. Not a rod for absolute novices, but a definite casting machine. Even I, not being an excellent caster, not by a long shot, was able to cast and shoot most of the pike taper line. I do not own many rods that I can do that with...

Perfect pike fishing tool
Now, if this is a capable, albeit somewhat demanding casting rod, how does it perform while fishing? I've taken this rod out as my only pike rod for the last three months. Originally, this was a decision based on the fact that I had to evaluate this rod. Very soon though, I would reach for this rod when going after pike with a fly rod out of pure preference. While the somewhat stiff nature of this rod makes for slightly demanding dry-casting, once you tie a typical Dutch pike fly on the end of your tippet, it becomes a totally different animal. The extreme wind resistance, and added weight when these flies become water-logged, add enough loading to the rod to make it a perfect pike fishing tool. My effective range with this rod increased a good 30 feet as compared to my previous favourite pike rod (no brands named....). What's even better, the fast action and backbone of this rod makes hooking pike on even a nibble very certain, and the beefy butt does indeed make for improved fighting and lifting power.

New experience
Catching pike with this rod is a totally new experience. The only quip I have with this rod while fishing is that it could do with a slightly more sensitive tip to improve its handling close in, i.e. picking up a fly and casting with only 3-4 feet of line out. Where I fish for pike, most fish are actually caught close to shore, many times right underneath your feet.
Summarizing, the Sirrus Co-MATRIX 9-weight is a well-built and well-finished rod, with a slightly odd look due to its beefy butt. Due to this butt and its action it makes a perfect fly rod for pike. And at a recommended retail price of ca $210, it is great value for money. A definite addition to any pike fly rodders arsenal.

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User comments
From: Henk Verhaar · henk·at·stichtsend.xs4all.nl  Link
Submitted March 29th 2007

Try Airrus rods. He had to change the business name -- probably forced to by Hardy...

Henk


From: derek · derek.j.sneddon·at·blueyonder.co.uk  Link
Submitted November 19th 2006

Hi their can you plase tell me the price of this 9wt rod in sterling pounds ( UK price) please
many thanks derek


From: Les Osuch · pmdemg·at·wideopenwest.com  Link
Submitted May 12th 2006

I tried to contact Ken at Sirrus.com and by phone, but could not get either.
any sugestions?



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