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The web shop processes all transactions in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). When you go to the payment screen the transaction will be in NZD. It will then show up on your credit card statement as NZD converted back to your home currency.
This depends a little on the complexity of your order, but our target is to have orders sent out within two to four weeks. Progress reports are emailed to you as your order moves through the CTS factory, and you will be advised when it is shipped.
CTS trademarks and design marks are protected in New Zealand, the US and internationally. We love your enthusiasm and support of our brand; however, we are serious about protecting our reputation and brand identity. We've created these guidelines so that you can interact with the CTS brand correctly. Using the CTS marks CTS's trademarks and trade dress may not be used without our written permission. CTS trademarks include, but are not limited to, CTS, CTS Fishing, our CTS logo and other graphics, phrases or images that identify the source or origin of CTS's products. DO:
  • Do use our CTS word marks (such as CTS and CTS Fishing) to make true and factual statements about CTS.
  • Do distinguish the CTS marks from surrounding text by, for example, capitalizing all the letters of CTS.
DO NOT:
  • Do not say things about CTS you know are not true.
  • Do not alter or modify the CTS marks to use them in a confusing way that suggests that CTS sponsors or endorses you or your products or services, or confuses the CTS brand with another brand.
  • Do not use our marks (including wordmarks and logos) on merchandise items such as caps, t-shirts, mugs, balloons, etc.
  • Do not use our marks (including wordmarks and logos) as part of your company name or logo.
  • Do not use our marks in any way that would damage the marks, be misleading to consumers, or be derogatory to CTS or its goods or services.
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Below is a generic guide spacing chart for our fly blank range. It is a basic guide and you may wish to use as a starting point for your custom build. The distances in bold black are in inches measured from the tip down. Click on image to enlarge. We're always happy to hear feedback on this chart, amendments and additions. Guide Spacing
As a rough rule you can use the guide below:
  • PE 1.0 - 25lb / 12kg
  • PE 1.5 - 35lb / 16kg
  • PE 2.0 - 45 lb / 20kg
  • PE 2.5 - 50 lb / 22kg
  • PE 3.0 - 55 lb / 25kg
  • PE 4.0 - 65 lb / 30kg
  • PE 5.0 - 75 lb / 34kg
  • PE 6.0- 90 lb / 40kg
  • PE 7.0 - 100lb / 45kg
  • PE 8.0 - 110 lb / 50kg

The evolution of glass blanks in recent years has been enormous, and it has corresponded with a resurgence in the popularity of glass.


There are dramatic differences between the old and new production techniques and materials.


Old fashioned glass rods were traditionally made with a woven fabric: E-glass (Electrical-grade Glass). When laying up a rod with woven fabric, typically 80% of the fibre will travel in the direction of the rod (the direction of 'effort'), and 20% will travel around the rod. So you get a situation where you have more fibre running off-axis than you want. The other main disadvantages of woven fabric are that the weaving of the fibres, weakens them, and that they tend to be more resin-rich because of their 'lofty' nature.


Our new generation of glass rods are made with uni-directional (i.e. one directional) S-glass (Strength Glass). The fabric is 30% stronger, and stiffer than E-glass, and the main advantage of using it is that, as its name suggests, the fibres run in the one direction you want them to: down the length of the rod. Just like our native New Zealand flax, it's exceptionally strong and impossible to tear across the direction of the fibre.


The other benefits of S-glass are that it has a lower resin content and has no kinks, and because it’s so strong, we don’t need as much material to make each rod. Many people remark on how light our new glass rods are, compared with the heavy glass rods of the past.

A grain window defines the engineered grain carrying capability of a fly rod blank under line load. CTS calculates its grain window as the total load on the blank (head and leader combined). The primary purpose of printing the grain window on double handed fly rods is to guide the caster in achieving a correct and balanced rod/line set up. Our double handed fly range development has been in close collaboration with RB Meiser Fly Rods in Southern Oregon, USA. The grain window concept originated in the RB Meiser shop, and has now become a generic term within the double handed community. When selecting your CTS rod's line weight, you will see a low and high grain window provided (e.g. #6-7 450-650 grains). Here is how to interpret the low and high of your grain window (credit to RB Meiser for the detailed explanation below): Low end of the grain window The low end of the grain window defines the minimal amount of grains that will allow the blank to load efficiently.
  • The low end of the grain window would most often be applied by those casters that will be sourcing power from the top 2/3 of the blank. Some casters may refer to this as 'tip casting' or casting off the tip of the rod
  • Casting off the tip of the rod is often applied by those casters that will wish to deliver light grained shooting heads utilizing minimal anchor at both the D and dangle release. This is typical of classic Scandinavian style touch-and-go technique. This delivery is best performed with a very economic compact stroke, minimal caster expended energy, and predominant power sourced from the lower hand.
High end of the grain window The high end of the grain window defines the maximum amount of grains that the rod will allow the blank to load efficiently.
  • The high end of the grain window would most often be applied by those casters who will wish to distribute power and grain load in such a way as to utilise the full work capability of the entire blank; taking power well into the cork. Some casters may refer to this as 'butt loading' or deep loading the rod.
  • This is best demonstrated in two scenarios:
1. In situations of sustained anchor management typical of Skagit style shooting heads with extreme sink tips in tow. The grain total managed here would be the combination of head and tip weight. A Skagit shooting head of 600 grain with 200 grains of T-14 in tow would net 800 grains. This would meet the high end of the grain window. Overall anchor management and achieving constant tension of Skagits will best be accomplished with a compact economic stroke and minimal caster expended energy; utilising predominant power sourced from the lower hand. 2. In situations of full-belly length line management of actual aerialised grains beyond the rod tip of mid to long belly classic Spey line systems. This scenario is often best accomplished with a more open stroke and longer sweep to manage longer belly beyond the rod tip. For this: Relative even power is best sourced from a balanced combination of both the high and low hand.
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