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GLADIUS™ Rods

The GLADIUS™ Canal and Squid rods are the latest additions to the Black Magic rod range.

The GLADIUS™ rods are made with precision, care and refinement resulting in ultra light rods that give the avid angler an advantage in control, casting distance and sensitivity.

Designed and developed in Japan and built with high quality components and a high performance 40 tonne graphite blank, this rod series lives up to its Gladiatorial name.

GLADIUS™ Canal Classic

Purpose built for those who appreciate the sensitivity required for egg rolling but also provides enough stiffness to set a soft plastic or spin-fishing lure in any situation. This rod certainly lives up to its name – a real classic. 

  • 2.51m / 8’3”
  • Lure weight: 4 – 18g
  • Line weight: 4 – 12lb
  • Light-medium action
  • FUJI® reel seat and ultra-light ALPS™ guides
  • High performance 40 tonne graphite blank
  • Quality EVA grips and hook keeper
  • 2 piece rod 

GLADIUS™ Squid Light-Medium (LM) and Medium (M)

Purpose built for New Zealand and Australian conditions, the new Black Magic Gladius™ Squid rods are ultra light with an action designed to increase casting distance while maintaining a high level of sensitivity.

Squid Light-Medium (LM)

The Light-Medium action rod is designed to be fished with small/lighter Squid jigs. The Light-Medium action produces the perfect amount of “whip” when casting, allowing for longer casts. 

  • 2.51m / 8’3”
  • EGI: 2.0 – 3.5
  • PE: 0.6 – 1.2
  • High performance 40 tonne graphite blank
  • High quality components and soft protective bags
  • FUJI® reel seat and ultra-light ALPS™ guides
  • Quality EVA grips and hook keeper
  • Optional hi visibility white tip to aid visibility of rod tip during night fishing sessions
  • Designed and developed in Japan

Squid Medium (M)

The Medium action rod is suited to larger Squid jigs, while still maintaining the sensitivity needed when a bite occurs.                                         

  • 2.51m / 8’3”
  • EGI: 2.5 – 4.0
  • PE: 0.6 – 1.5
  • High performance 40 tonne graphite blank
  • High quality components and soft protective bags
  • FUJI® reel seat and ultra-light ALPS™ guides
  • Quality EVA grips and hook keeper
  • Optional hi visibility white tip to aid visibility of rod tip during night fishing sessions
  • Designed and developed in Japan

Getting started with squid fishing

Having the right gear, and knowing how and when to use it, will set you up for success. Check out Jeremy from Black Magic talking through the gear you’ll need, and some of the finer details of squid jigs, when and how to use them. Want to know more? Head to our ‘how to catch squid’ article to find out more.