Douglas Sky      9’ 5-weight        $695.00

Douglas Sky

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George's Notes:

After the Douglas Sky blew everyone away in our  2016 6-weight Shootout, we all were anxious to see how it would fare against the other top 5-weight rods.  Could it beat the Asquith again or manhandle the NRX LP and Radian?  The short answer – no. 

But the Sky was still an extremely good rod that performed especially well at mid to long distance.  It outscored a bunch of other great 5-weight rods, finishing 6th in both the overall and performance scores.  This confirms that the Sky is one sweet 5-weight rod, and not very far off our 6-Weight winner.  

Mid-distance was the sweet spot for the Sky.  At 45 feet it fired smooth, extremely tight loops with great accuracy.  Yeah, the Asquith edged it out casting head to head, and the top three rods - NRX LP, the Radian and the Zephrus, were definitely better at mid-distance.  At 25 feet it didn’t have the feel or the ability to stay close to the top three either.  Out long it was very good, but not in the same league with the Avantt, Radian or Asquith. 

The Sky is a handsome rod, with a flat gray, non-glare finish and black wraps.  The rod has a Fuji Torzite stripping guide followed up with our favorite nickel/titanium single foot guides in silver.  You can’t beat this guide set up.  The handle is a half wells with nice looking contrasting darker cork rings at the bottom and top of the handle.  The aluminum skeleton uplocking seat has a beautiful piece of dark brown burl and two of the best locking rings in the business.  The top of each ring has a softer nylon material attached to the top of the ring, that really allows them to lock up tight and not get loose.  

The rod sock that comes with the rod is the best we’ve seen, and will dry out quickly even if you put your rod away wet – a note to other manufactures – copy these!   

 

The perfect line: S.A. Amplitude MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  19.0 points out of 20

Pretty good feel but not the same kind of accuracy I got with the LP, Radian or Zephrus.    

Performance at 45 feet:  19.5 points out of 20

Now we’re talkin’!  Beautiful, effortless, tight loops with good control and accuracy.   45 feet is definitely the Sky’s sweet spot.

Performance at 70 feet: 9.3 points out of 10

Good, but nothing like the Sky in the 6-weight.  Still a good showing but in heads up casting, the Asquith, Avantt and Radian were noticeably better. 

 

 

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James' Notes: 

Since the Douglas Sky won our 2016 6-weight shootout, we all were excited to see if it would beat the NRX LP, but it was just a little too stiff in the tip to be the best all around 5-weight. 

The softer tipped rods like the NRX LP, Radian, Opti-Stream, and Zephrus had a lot more feel in close, and were able to turn a 12 foot leader over better with feel and accuracy.  I could get the Sky to be accurate, but it felt like I had to force the cast in there with extra power, so it wasn’t as delicate as the top three rods.  I don’t think it has the ability to protect 6-7X tippets as well as the softer tipped rods like the NRX LP or the Zephrus.  That being said, I loved everything else about the Sky. It was dead on at mid to long range and would be the perfect rod for throwing a chub/rub combo or hopper/dropper rig.  

 

Performance at 25 feet:  19.2 points out of 20

Similar to the Cross SX, the Douglas Sky is stiffer but still feels relatively light in my hand and very accurate. It was fun to cast but the G.Loomis NRX LP and Scott Radian were much smoother and had more feel.

Performance at 45 feet:  19.6 points out of 20

Again, very light and accurate.  This rod is smooth, much like the Douglas DXF but it is even lighter in hand.  Sweet, tight loops.  Terrific feel and accuracy at this distance.

Performance at 70 feet:  9.8 points out of 10

Not bad!  The Douglas Sky was punching them out there very well at long distance.  Even when facing a headwind, it still performed well.  Two thumbs up.

 

 

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Logan's Notes:

The Douglas Sky was one rod I thought could have won this year’s Shootout.  It is definitely one of the best 6-weights on the market, but I didn’t feel that way about the five-weight.  For some reason it lacked that special something, which the 6-weight has.  It still put in a great performance, and is a rod I would highly recommend to someone looking for one of the best performing 5-weights that doesn’t exceed $700.

 

Logan’s Casting Notes:

Performance at 25 feet: 18 out of 20

The Douglas Sky was a good rod in close.  It has the feel to make delicate presentations and was also very accurate.

Performance at 45 feet: 18.5 out of 20

The Douglas Sky performed even better at 45 feet.  This is the Sky’s sweet spot.  It was an extremely smooth casting rod at this distance.

Performance at 70 feet: 8.5 out of 10

I was able to make consistent casts at 70 feet, but the accuracy was not quite as good as with the better rods.

 

 

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JG's Notes:

Most people will recognize the Douglas Sky from its stellar performance in our last 6-weight Shootout. The 6-weight Sky is one of my personal all-time favorite rods.  And the 5-weight does a great job as well, and was one of my favorite rods in this Shootout, thanks to its light swing weight, power, and outstanding accuracy.

 

25 Feet – 19.7 points out of 20
The Sky put in a good showing here as a 5-weight.  It’s extremely light and controllable, which helped me get great accuracy, and the tip is just soft enough that I could get delicate presentations.

 

45 Feet – 20 points out of 20
I really liked the Sky a lot here.  I thought that it cast effortlessly and accurately even if the wind kicked up.  In hand the feel is good and helped give me confidence that my casts would find their mark. 

 

70 Feet – 19.5 points out of 20 
The Sky 5-weight has the power to hit 70’ with little trouble and thanks to its top-notch design it does it accurately and without wearing out the angler.

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