Fly Fishing Tackle Review: Snobee Prestige 8′ 4-Piece Rod

I’m the type of fisherman who prefers fly fishing in small, relatively quite streams. For that reason, I tend to tailor my fly fishing tackle to that sort of environment. I prefer high-tech carbon-fibre rod technology, yet also like the old-fashioned cork grips. My idiosyncratic taste sometimes makes it difficult to find the right sort of gear. Well, recently I’ve discovered and acquired a terrific fly rod from Snobee, the Prestige 8′ 4-piece. Here’s a brief review of this quality product.

Key Features of the Snobee Prestige 8′ 4-Piece Fly Rod

At first glance, this is quite a good-looking rod that comes in an anodised brown tube with a classic brass fitting and screw cap on one end. Also supplied is a sturdy cotton drill bag. Cotton drill, by the way, is a coarse and durable fabric that gets its name from the fact that the British army has used it extensively in tropical climates. The rod itself has plenty of quality features, including a nickel-silver winding check on the handle. It’s colour is a pleasant maroon with bronze overtones. The rod weighs about 72 grams. Expect to pay between £159 to £199 for the Prestige rod, depending on model.

More About the Prestige Rod

The rod has twin lined stripping guides with high-rise snakes. The whippings for the guides are trimmed in gold, which highlights the entire rod’s elegant, understated colour scheme. The reel seat is made from aluminium, which helps to keep the rod’s weight to a minimum. It also has a hard anodised finish that gives the rod high durability and a simple, yet functional look. The handle has good quality cork. A detail I particularly like is the burl maple reel seat insert. First impression? Superior design and build quality. The Prestige rod has a progressive, but forgiving action that makes it quite nice to cast. It has plenty of reserve power to call on when needed, yet it’s easy to cast short distances. Playing a fish on this rod, even with light tippets, is a pleasure This Snobee rod uses an ultra-lightweight blank using the company’s proven tri-modulus rod blank technology that’s been rigorously tested to ensure maximum power, strength and durability without compromising sensitivity. This is achieved with a careful blend of several types of carbon. The result? Precise action throughout the length of the rod. The guarantee, which applies to the original owner only, is non-transferable.

Final Thoughts on the Snobee Prestige Fly Rod

Fly fishing tackle is Snobee’s core business. The design team and product developers are avid fly fishermen themselves, so you can be sure of both the quality and performance of the company’s products. In particular, I’ve found that the Snobee Prestige 8′ 4-piece fly rod is an absolute pleasure to cast and to fish with, mainly because of the progressive action. It’s a rod you’ll be proud to add to your collection of fly fishing tackle. I’m happy to rate it at 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.

Learn How to Use Video Marketing for Your Business

There are lots of free video portals on the Internet. Although YouTube is the most well known, there are also others such as Google Video or Vimeo. So you might be wondering how you can use them to your advantage and what these advantages might be. First of all, and to be clear, I think that if you’re going to try to go for video marketing, you are better off just focusing on YouTube and forgetting about the rest. The site has more searches than any other except Google. That means that well used, your impact on YouTube can be higher than on Yahoo or Bing. And having an online presence on a video portal is also a question of prestige for any company, specially if they are an Internet business.

In my opinion, your videos have to cover two important factors. First of all, they have to give interesting and useful information to users. We’ll go on to see why in a moment. Second of all, they have to give your business prestige. Let us examine these notions.

Some universities, such as Yale, have uploaded full seminars on to YouTube. This means that the university trusts the quality of its lecturers and is willing to share some information with anybody who is interested. This creates an image of Yale as a high quality institution with sound values. They are not just uploading videos, they are giving information to people not just interested in Yale, but in more general topics such as literature, economics or science. As far as a business goes, these ideas are perfectly applicable. Few people are interested in getting to know exclusively the day to day of your company, or what your living room looks like. But they are hungry for useful information on which you can give a unique point of view. If you manage to make your YouTube channel a referent for a certain market or niche, you will indirectly be showing that your company or you directly know what you are talking about.

Furthermore, people will have a sense of knowing you and you will be able to create a community of potential buyers. Only a percentage of those who follow you on YouTube will end up making purchases, but the system will work only if you cater for everybody, answer their comments and create interesting and informative discussions.

In short, your objective with YouTube will be to talk about what you know best and share it, gratis, with the world. Users will appreciate this and respond by remembering you, recommending you and using your businesses services. So the time and effort put into video marketing in this case will always be justified.

Negotiating With People of Prestige and Power

When you negotiate with people of prestige or power, do you become meek?

Sometimes, when we negotiate with people that we perceive as having more authority, power, or prestige, than ourselves, we become fearful or intimidated. Then, we tend not to negotiate with them as firmly as we might with other individuals. This can occur for several reasons …

  1. You don’t want to alienate the person of power for fear of losing something more important in the future.
  2. You fear the possible retribution that might come from being perceived as a ‘difficult person.’
  3. You want to be perceived as a person that everyone can get along with.

You could have all kinds of reasons and thoughts that create barriers in your mind, as to why you don’t want to negotiate from a stronger position. Regardless of the thoughts, seek to understand the impediments that prevent you from negotiating and address them.

When you negotiate with your boss, a power broker, or anyone that has more perceived authority than yourself, you can utilize some of the following strategies.

  1. Since the person has more prestige, power, or authority, appeal to their sense of fairness. You can cast yourself in the position of someone lower in stature that seeks their support. Depending upon the personality type of the individual you are negotiating with, that person’s ego may be stroked. Let her know how much you look up to her and the ‘good’ she’s contributing to your environment. Be prepared with a very good rebuttal if she tries to turn this strategy against you by suggestion the things she’s already done for you should be your reward.
  2. Seek grounds of mutual agreement as to the value you possess and be prepared to substantiate why your position warrants merits.
  3. Exploit, in a positive manner, any leverage you can utilize. If you’ve recently been cited for something of notoriety, especially if it relates to your goal of the negotiation, mention it as additional justification as to why you should receive what you seek.
  4. Suggest to the other person that they prepare to see you in a different manner, from which they may be accustomed to viewing you. Then, let them know you’re putting on your ‘business hat,’ or whatever metaphor is appropriate. If possible tie a positive trait that they possess to your actions and suggest you are attempting to imitate the good ‘business practices’ you’ve gleaned from them. Once you get their ‘buy in,’ you’re more than half way home to getting what you want from the negotiation.

Eventually, when negotiating, if you continuously put the feelings and desires of others ahead of your own, you will become very frustrated. In addition, your self respect will eventually start to suffer. You will look in the mirror and not like the person looking back at you.

When all is said and done, if you can’t summon the courage needed to negotiate with those that have more perceived power, and if the prize is large enough, consider having someone else negotiate for you. Just be aware of the inherent risk in doing so … and everything will be right with the world.

The negotiation lessons are …

  • When you negotiate with someone in a higher position than yourself, be mindful of what they might seek from you. If possible, give it to them and appeal to their sense of fairness to get what you seek.
  • If you find it difficult to negotiate with those that have greater authority, put your mind into a psychological state that cast you into a figure that can’t be beaten. Really psyche yourself up. Gather background information that will help you substantiate why you deserve your goal of the negotiation and start negotiating.
  • If you can’t summon within yourself the courage, strength, or whatever is needed to combat that which prevents you from negotiating with ‘stronger’ figures, and you have no other source to turn to for assistance, be prepared to live with the consequences of not negotiating.