Adams MAX Black – The Big Fish Rod
Developed in Spain by passionate anglers and born from the undeniable addiction to catching big fish, MAX Black premium euro nymphing rod was designed specifically to target fish in sizes from 3 to 10 lbs, no matter the species. This rod was designed to address the needs of the most demanding nymph fishers and for the sole purpose of hunting specimen fish. Its performance characteristics are the result of several years of hard fighting of trophy fish in the untouched waters of Slovenia, Chile, and Argentina.
Adams MAX Black rod is a modern rod, especially intended for anglers that fight very large and strong fish – without wanting to lose the advantages of a very sensitive tip. It combines power and sensitivity in a very harmonious way. A perfect balance that experienced nymph experts appreciate – and that beginners won’t want to be without.
This is a high-performance, powerful and ultra-light nymph fishing rod. Each component was carefully selected and contributes to its overall performance. The modern and sleek design of this rod is not just about visual appearance, but also about functionality. Designed for maximum discretion when nymph fishing, the Adams MAX Black rod is completely black with a matt finish.
Challenges anglers face when targeting big fish
First of all, there is no straight rule about where to find large fish. In larger rivers, it seems to be obvious, but small tributary water can also have its perks. With this in mind, Max Black was designed to be 10.5 ft long with a 3-weight line, which allows the angler to cover most scenarios he/she can be faced with. It is a sensible choice as a dedicated specimen hunter is likely to move around a lot to find productive water.
Perfectly balanced 3-weight line rod
There are several reasons why rod builders at Adams chose a 3-weight line over a 4, 5, or even beyond. The hunt for big fish does not mean you will pass up on smaller fish occasionally, the challenge lies in the fact you want to tackle trophy fish with standard trout gear, but with a slightly more powerful rod. That rod still requires the sensitivity and ability for discreet presentation. Often those smaller nymphs, in faster, deeper water are the better choice to fool a wary trophy. Once hooked, a noodly rod won’t help when it comes to quickly gaining control of a big fish. A 3-weight like MAX Black will behave more like a sensitive 2-weight while the butt section has written 5 all over it. It is a powerful fishing tool, lightweight, and perfectly balanced.
Nanocarbon Black Blank
With its universal length of 10.5 ft (3.20 m) and 3-weight line, this rod is suitable for larger rivers and extremely strong salmonids and barbel. Its fast action will please many nymph fishers. The blank of this rod, made of Japanese nanocarbon material ensures increased sensitivity, reactivity, and a perfect balance. The sanded, and unpainted nano-carbon fiber rod blank in combination with black ultra-light wire singlefoot guides not only provide perfect stealth to approach spooky fish but there’s also a considerable reduction of weight by leaving any paint off the rod. This results in lower swing weight and provides an ultra-fast tip recovery.
Carbon handle and spacer
The MAX Black benefits from the same carbon handle used on Adams XTZ rods, a carbon fiber handle developed in collaboration with CFX. The carbon handle and spacer have an advantage over the classic cork handle when it comes to Euro nymphing. The braided carbon fibers intensify all vibrations that emanate from the blank – while conventional cork, in contrast, absorbs vibrations. This makes this rod extremely sensitive, gives you more control, and converts into more bites. Enhanced sensitivity is crucial for a big fish rod, the angler needs to be able to detect even the most subtle takes large fish are known for. The carbon handle and spacer not only fit perfectly into the completely black design of the Max Black rod but are above all functional. The unique ergonomic handle feels great in the hand, is significantly lighter than cork, and is extremely handy, even when wet.
Reel Seat and Fighting Butt
The Max Black has a reel seat that closes down to achieve a perfect balance between the reel and the rod. The CNC-milled 6061-T6 aluminum reel seat with a carbon spacer fits the overall look of the rod and can be adjusted accurately. The signature Adams Balanced Fighting Butt provides extra comfort when playing a fish and acts as a counterweight.
11 + 1 Ring Formula
The ultra-fast action is also beneficial on windy days, for long accurate casts without overloading the rod: the instant recovery reduces line tangles around the tip section considerably, be they traditional overhead, roll, or arrow casts. To reduce line slack to a minimum, an ’11+1′ guide formula was used: 10 light wire single foot guides and 1 triple leg stripping guide with SIC insert placed 20cm above the carbon handle: large loop guides allow any line/leader knot to pass through with ease.
What makes MAX Black a perfect big fish euro nymphing rod
- A huge amount of backbone – this rod provides greater control of the fish at any moment during the fight.
- A soft tip section to protect fine tippets, not all big fish are targeted with large nymph patterns.
- Superb sensitivity, to be able to feel even the subtlest of takes.
- Ultra-fast tip recovery ensures high casting accuracy and reduces line tangling, as oftentimes you only get one cast before you spook the fish.
- Lightweight and perfectly balanced. Let’s face it, you are at it for hours at a time, it can be mentally and physically challenging.
- Versatility that allows you to cast tiny nymphs, as well as dry-droppers and large zonker jig nymphs, only by adjusting your preferred euro-nymphing rig.
MAX Black features
- Modern Euro nymphing rod
- A high-performance, light
- Ultra-fast action rod
- Sanded, unpainted nano-carbon fiber rod blank
- Innovative ergonomic handle made of woven carbon fiber
- 11 + 1 ring formula – 10 black ultralight wire, large-loop, single-foot fly guides plus 1 black triple-legged SIC stripping guide
- Black down-locking CNC-machined aluminum reel seat with a carbon spacer
- 4-section design
- Adams Balanced Fighting Butt with Adams logo inlay
- A triangular Cordura rod tube with a shoulder strap
- Length: 10.5 ft. (3.20m)
- 3-weight line
Adams Fly Rods Product Warranty
Adams MAX Black carries a 5-year warranty against the manufacturer’s defects and workmanship for the original owner of the rod.
Adams Fly Rods will, at their option, repair or replace any Adams Fly Rods rod which is found to be defective in material or workmanship. Original owners are asked to complete the online “product registration” form (providing proof of purchase) within 60 days of purchase. All products must be purchased from an authorized Adams Fly Rods retailer to be eligible.
Warranties do not cover damages due to fire, theft, loss, or incidental damage resulting from the use of the product. Unregistered rods being returned, must provide proof of purchase. A repair of non-warrantied damage may be available for a reasonable charge.
Adams Fly Rods reserves the right to repair or replace warrantied products with similar products. Replaced components may differ in color or other cosmetic features. Complete rods must be returned for inspection prior to any warranty claim. Owners are responsible for shipping/insurance costs for returning the rod (duties/taxes for international). This warranty is valid unless otherwise stated on the product.
Service & Repairs
To repair or replace a registered Adams fly rod, there will be a €55 fee (*€85 fee on all high-end rod series equipped with Recoil guides) for any damage that is not directly related to manufacturing defect when the product was purchased. All rods will be inspected by the Adams Fly Rods repair department to determine the cause of breakage. A damaged rod should be placed in its rod tube prior to shipment. Do not send your rod in a custom rod tube. A properly packed standard cardboard protective tube is the best method of shipment to protect it from further damage. We highly recommend that you insure and track all shipments to Adams Fly Rods.
Please contact Adams Fly Rods (email@example.com) prior to returning the product for repair.
Peter (verified owner) –
I’m really happy with the Max Black!