Been rumours of this for a couple of years now, but in all honesty I'can't see this happening. Shimano have been out of the Pole market for to long IMO, and have lost their customer base. I can't remember the last time I saw anyone using a Shimano pole on the bank with the possible exception of Nick Speed? Times have moved on and they've very much concentrated on the Carp/Specimen side of the market in the UK and have lost their share of the pole market to such a degree that I can't see them ever regaining it.
Been rumours of this for a couple of years now, but in all honesty I'can't see this happening. Shimano have been out of the Pole market for to long IMO, and have lost their customer base. I can't remember the last time I saw anyone using a Shimano pole on the bank with the possible exception of Nick Speed? Times have moved on and they've very much concentrated on the Carp/Specimen side of the market in the UK and have lost their share of the pole market share of the Pole market to such a degree that I can't see them ever regaining it.
I was told when I had my gear nicked Peter mate, I asked why they stopped making the Beastmaster ? And was told they are in the process of making a all singing all Dancing pole range due out this year.
I think people moved away from them in the Diaflash/Ultegra era. Spares kits were like rocking horse poo and soooo expensive. Both popular poles at the time,I used a Diaflash myself,but that was the last time I saw any amount of them on the bank.
I’ve owned and loved the following Shimano poles:
Aspire AX competition
Also had a diaflash 6m whip which was fab
I thought that their build quality and finish were the best out there. The poles were beefy and hardwearing which is something I prefer (say like Tricast and Browning which I’ve also owned/own).
The spares prices were an issue at one point (£380 for a number 6 for my Aspire in 2008!) but with the gen x and gen z I thought they had improved that. Although getting to see a pole wasn’t easy as few people stocked them. At one point they had Alan Scotthorne and Steve Ringer on their books, but when they left they didn’t seem to replace or keep their pole market profile.
If they brought new poles out I’d be interested but they would need to have the 22mm diameter top kits for me to change, more likely I’ll get a z16.
Shimano cut the whole match/coarse aimed products to bits a few years back. The only thing that seemed to escape the cull were the "Commercial" rods.
The current top line match/float rod was the third in the range when it was first introduced. The Purist range of specialist rods vanished completely, along with the consultant associated with them.
Scotthorne and Ringer went and, possibly more significantly, Jan Porter got ill and passed away. Shimano UK has changed direction and locations since. Hand in hand with that upheaval, it doesn't appear that there's much interest in the coarse/match market at Shimano UK these days. Maybe not surprising when it appears that their market share in that area is a fraction of what it was. Shimano worldwide hasn't helped a great deal with their decision to remove anti-reverse switches on some of the front drag reels.
There was a time when I bought plenty of Shimano rods and reels. I still have an Antares BX long pole and a Beastmaster Margin Extreme (not that either see much use). These days, my interest in Shimano products is restricted to a dwindling number of reels. Whatever, or whoever, they had at Shimano UK, that seemed to have a good grasp on the UK coarse/match scene, appears to have been lost.
Always wanted a Diaflash pole and then picked one up years later on Fleabay. Was disappointed with it and the world had clearly moved on.
I've also owned a couple of Technium's and still very usable for anything !!
Had an Exage B ( I think) was a funny pole that one .....despite the sanded finish it shipped horribly especially in the rain. Never felt balanced.
Used to like the higher end Silstar poles back in the day too.....