MERISUOLA - THE STORY
Saltwater fly fishing is becoming ever more popular also in the continental Europe. Vision has been offering specially designed tackle for saltwater fanatics already for years. For example our proven Venus fly rods have subdued some serious trophies all over the world. When we realised we have something special with our new premium XO freshwater fly rod prototypes 2 years ago we realised instantly that we could make our dream saltwater rod from the same special ingredients.
That was the start of our Project MERISUOLA.
At the moment Merisuola family consists of two members: a premium single-hand rod series with six models and a floating WF-type fly line series full of nice, well-considered details. Merisuola product family is a result of our passion for saltwater fly fishing. Merisuola rods and lines are approved so far at least by sailfish, black marlin, bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, redfish, stingray, pike, seatrout, Atlantic salmon, halibut, cod, coalfish, barracuda, many different tuna species and all kind of trevallies including the infamous GTs.
The backbone of the family consists of four piece lightweight fast action saltwater rods targeted to three classical shallow water species – bonefish, permit and tarpon. These rods incorporate everything we have learned during the 20 years of rod design and manufacturing - and then some.
- A natural unsanded and unpainted blank for the best action
- Unique silica nano resin combined with a mix of different carbon fibres
- Adouble nut up-locking precision machined aluminum reel seat
- Patented REC nickel titanium stripping and snake guides
- Full wells handles with AAAA Portuguese cork with rubber cork enforcement.
- Fighting butt size varies with each rod weight and has a target species branded on the end cap of the FB
- Supplied in a custom aluminum tube with engraved metal end caps together with a cloth bag
- Tested all over the world by sailfish, tarpon, permit, jacks, bonefish etc…
Just recently we introduced three additional models to complement Merisuola family: one #6 for those ideal conditions when your favorite shallow flat is dead calm and you can see tails and backs everywhere, one #7 specially designed for coastal seatrout fishing and a generic #9 workhorse especially suitable for pike/barracuda fishing everywhere where you can find those aggressive toothy critters.
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MERISUOLA RODS - THE ANATOMY
BLANKS: All carbon rods utilise carbon fibres that are bonded together by an adhesive resin. A resin material incorporating silica nano spheres provides several benefits. We spent a lot of time and money to get our hands on the latest silica nano resin, which we then combined with different carbon fibre mixes. The final secret sauce that makes our new Merisuola rods more durable and responsive than any other rod we've made so far is the one developed for our premium XO rods. It strenghtens the rod significantly by making it more resistant to compression. You'll notice the advantages of it in the responsiveness and weight to strength ratio of the rod as well as in durability. We also tried a lot of different combinations of components from the rod guides to the reel seat. We tried sanded, un-sanded, painted and unpainted blanks. In the end we were left with a rod with a natural un-sanded and unpainted blank enforced with our new sauce of nano silica resin.
HANDLE AND REEL SEAT: A properly shaped high-quality handle is a crucial part of any fly rod and especially so in saltwater fly fishing where large and/or heavy flies are used in windy conditions on a regular basis. We selected proven Full wells handles with AAAA Portuguese cork with rubber cork enforcement for our flagship saltwater rods. A double nut up-locking precision machined aluminum reel seat for secure and easy locking of your reel. Fighting butt size varies with each rod weight and has a target species branded on the end cap. Collect the whole series: bonefish, permit, and tarpon.
LINE GUIDES: The two most useful properties of titanium are corrosion resistance and the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element. Merisuola rods have patented two leg REC nickel titanium alloy snake guides and solid titanium stripping guides. Made in USA.
TUBE & CLOTH: A high-quality aluminum rod tube with machined bar-stock aluminum collar and caps. Bright blue with bright orange Merisuola logo. Inside the cap there is a cork layer working as a cushion with the Fishing Lion logo. Our premium aluminium Merisuola rod tube is finished with a bright orange rod cloth with individual sections for each rod parts. Easy to use and vital for the protection of your premium Merisuola fly rod.
MERISUOLA RODS - #8, #10, #12
MERISUOLA RODS - #6, #7, #9
Two years ago we decided to put some extra efforts into this field and started the Project Merisuola (Sea salt). The idea was to provide premium tools for devoted saltwater fly fishermen. In the first phase we are introducing Merisuola fly rods and fly lines, which were designed simultaneously to complete each other. The harsh saltwater environment and big, strong and fast fish is a combination, which sets some hard limits especially for fly lines. For that reason, we have spent numerous hours testing and re-designing our Merisuola fly lines before we were confident that the lines were ready for the challenge.
- Reversed compound taper (long rear taper, short powerful front taper)
- Slick and stiff coating for tropical heat
- Low stretch core (transfers casting energy better, firm hook set with hard mouth fish)
- Super strong ready-made loops
- Designed in conjunction with the Merisuola rods
- Head length 12,8m – total length 30m
- Orange running line – blue head
- Tested all over the world by sailfish, tarpon, permit, jacks, bonefish etc…
- Available in AFTM classes: #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 and #12
Antti Guttorm, Finland
Vision product manager
Merisuola story began with the XO series. When we realized we had something special with XO prototypes I personally started dreaming about making a saltwater rod series with the same materials. Without letting The Boss know I started working on the prototypes. At the time I used the working name Pass Me The Salt-series. Luckily not long after this The Boss had the same idea and ofcourse I agreed and congratulated on a great idea. I have to admit that saltwater fly fishing is an itch I just can't scratch enough. Especially flats fishing. So needless to say this was a dream come through. We agreed that we'll start off with a small range so we can really put time and effort to make every single rod as good as it can be for the kind of fishing it's most likely going to be used at. So we started with 3 rods you need to go after the Grand Slam. Merisuola started as a personal project of mine to make a saltwater rod series of my dreams. A lot of other people contributed to the end goal and I thank each every one of them. We achieved something special!
Niklaus Bauer, Sweden
Vision World Team, Fly-Dressing
I have been using these rods since the arrival of the first generation prototypes. I have tested them with huge jungle tarpon and hard fighting coalfish and halibut. Awesome rods! So nice to cast and yet they have what it takes to fight some serious monsters. Highly recommended for all sorts of fishing from seatrout and pike fishing all the way to the largest leviathan there are - well some marlin and similar excluded.
Jasper Pääkkönen, Finland
Vision World Team, actor
I just came back from a Solid Adventures trip to the untouched waters of Lakshadweep, Laccadives, India. I had the opportunity to test the full range of Merisuola rods and fly lines in this tropical paradise. My main target species was Giant Trevally (GT) and I was lucky enough to test Merisuola #12 with those bad boys. I was very impressed to see how well it cast large flies against the wind and how well I could fight those most brutal creatures preying on the flats. Good job guys!.
NEED SOME MERISUOLA HELP?
This tackle is covered by MERISUOLA service & warranty from the date of purchase and registration. It does not affect or reduce the owner's statutory rights which cover against manufacturing and material during the statutory period.
- Servive & Warranty
- Worlwide service centres
- Vision Group Ltd
In the event of a breakage, your Merisuola rod's broken part will be replaced with a new one at fixed rate of 79.00€ (per piece). In case we need to ship outside EU additional cost 30.00€ will be added. Vision Group is not responsible for possible duties and custom costs when shipping outside EU. This online system works for up to three rod parts only. In case you need complete rod please contact our service center.
Only after this rod is activated for Merisuola service. Please see the REGISTRATION
They can also help you to order spare parts if you do not do it online. Please see the MERISUOLA SERVICE CENTRES for details.
Merisuola product family is available via Vision distributors. To locate your own service centre (the distributor) please go to the Vision distributors page. From there you can also find out Merisuola dealers in your own country.MERISUOLA SERVICE CENTRES
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