Why use Titanium?
Titanium has been being used extensively for Aerospace & Military applications since the late 1940's. In fact for many years Titanium was classed as a "Strategic Military Commodity" by both the US and Russian administrations. With Titanium being considered an “aerospace metal” it was used exclusively in this application. As time went on, the corrosion properties of the metal were explored in non-aerospace applications, specifically as a tubing product used in heat exchangers for power generation. This application proved to be extremely successful and the “industrial” market was then created. The incredible strength to weight ratio is another one of the unique qualities of Titanium, that was soon utilised in recreational applications such as Golf Clubs, Tennis Rackets, and Bicycles.
As soon as I started messing around with Titanium, it soon became blatantly obvious that this was the ultimate material for Fishing Tackle metalware – it simple makes all other metals look a rather grim 2nd option.
My own C Type 21" Compact version
At last after much trial and error a “Pod” design that over-comes the three problems associated with using Pods, as in-
“Can't fish each of the Rods as singles” (Not True) All 6 TBN Type Bank Sticks fitted to the Trident Fantail can be used instantly as individual Bank Sticks, without even having to remove Alarms, Indicator Brackets or Butt grips. As all Trident designs have been able to do for over 17 years now.
“I can't point my Rods directly at my Rigs” (Wrong) All three Rod positions can rotate 360 degree's individually. Not as if you would ever need too have 360 degree of adjustment, but the Fantail design allows each Rod to be pointed at will directly at your Rigs. If your prepared to “Stack” the Butt Grips (Setting the rear TBN's at different levels to allow the Rods Butt sections not to clash with each other) You can set the outer Rods at 90 degrees to the Centre, a bit extreme way of setting things, but it can be done.
“Its utter chaos when I get a take on the middle Rod, with the Rods being so close together” (How true) A problem that has drove me nuts for years! The Trident Fantail cured this problem once and for all. As you can literally just step over either of the outer Rods, stand in the middle, Play & Net any Fish on the middle Rod with no fuss what so ever.
The stability of a Fantail is incredible, with the 6 TBN's acting as Legs plus the large variable footprint makes it the most stable set up I have ever used.
All Shafts used in the construction of Trident Fantails are Aerospace Grade Titanium- as you have come to expect from MPS.
All 3 versions are fitted with 81/2” & 11” Titanium TBN Type Bank Sticks, which can be fitted with either Solid Titanium Points or Stainless Steel Augers
*The fitting of Stainless Augers adds 1 1/2" to the length of the Bank Sticks
Fitted with 18” or 20” wide single Rear Cross Shafts, these widths are critical to allow as much “Fantail” effect as viably possible. Which can be positioned any were you wish height wise, be it under the Tie-Bars or over, fitted to Rear or even Alarm end if required. The Tie-Bars can also be fitted at any height position on the TBN's outer Shaft.
Also the TBN's and Chassis can be Fitted with Solid Titanium Thumb Screws, or Flush fitting stainless Grub Screws at request.
Both Multi-Mountings and Over-Fits can be fitted to Trident Fantail's. Fitting a single Multi-Mounting to the Rear/Middle TBN will lock the whole chassis in place for when fishing off wooden Platforms.
If fishing abroad, and you wish to have the Rod Tips positioned high in the air, fitting a Over-fit to each of the front TBN's will instantly achieve this, and still have full stability thinks to the Fantails design.
18" wide Rear Cross Shaft
The whole unit breaks down to 10 basic parts - 3 off 81/2” TBN's, 3 off 11” TBN's, 3 off Tie-Bars, 1 off Cross Shaft
My own C Type Fantail in use.
Two basic versions of the Trident Fantail are made to order-
C Type (Compact version, with 21” Tie-Bars) Price £225.00 + Postage Weight: 1.580 Kg
R Type (Regular version, with 31” Tie-Bars) Price £245.00 + Postage Weight: 1.718 Kg
TBN Type - Titanium Bank Sticks
TBN Type Bank Sticks were originally designed for fitment into Trident Fantails, Panthers,Tigers and Hobbit Systems.
Made totally from Aerospace Grade 2 & 5 Titanium, in other words- both fittings,outer & inner Shafts, even the Points & Thumb Screws are made out of Titanium.
Available in 3 standard lengths, plus 4 build options for no extra cost.
~ Can be fitted with Solid Titanium Spring Loaded Thumb Screws OR flush fitting Grub Screws.
~ Can be fitted with Solid Titanium Points OR Stainless Steel Augers (Fitting Augers adds 1 1/2" to the length of the Bank Sticks)
If I was asked to make the best Bank Stick possible, using only the very best materials possible – these are it, I could not advance or improve TBN's any further.
81/2" long TBN Type Bank Stick - extends to 13" Weight: 110 grams, Price = £22.50 + Postage
11" long TBN Type Bank Stick - extends to 17 1/2" Weight: 132 grams, Price = £25.00 + Postage
13 1/2" long TBN Type Bank Stick - extends to 23" Weight: 154 grams, Price = £27.50 + Postage
At last - Storm Poles made from Titanium! - they will never corrode like cheap Ally, don’t weigh a Ton like Stainless, don’t need to have any anti-corrosion coating to stop them rotting, don’t “Wobble” like Carbon ones, these really are the answer to all the annoying Storm Pole flaws everyone has encountered over the years.
Available in two sizes 36” & 18” (Closed Lengths) and even in the HD design – 5/8” (16mm) diameter, they still only weigh
36” = 374 grams 18” = 255 grams
Fitted with Solid Stainless Points, fittings, plus Spring Loaded Titanium T/Screw Locking, if handled with care should last a few life times!
36" version Price = £45.00 each + Postage
18" version Price = £28.70 each + Postage
Solid Titanium Fixed Length Bank Sticks
Two basic examples of many versions made over the years, but these 5" & 7" long Solid Titanium versions seem to be the most popular for use in Platform Mountings, or as short Legs for Pods etc...
Made out of Solid, Grade 5 Titanium
Weight: 5" = 64 grams 7" = 93 grams
5" version Price = £10.00 each + Postage
7" version Price = £12.00 each + Postage
Finally the 3rd version of the Trident range The Trident “Panther” Many ask “why are they named after big Cats?” Well they are not, they are actually named after German Panzers (Tanks!)
Which is rather fitting as they have always been “Built like Tanks”
The New Trident Panther is no exception, being based on the old popular Trident S Type design, with a single Centre Shaft.
But unlike the old S Type that weighed in at 3.3kg's, with being made from 316 Stainless Steel.
The Trident Panther weighs just 1.4kg! That's more than a 100% weight saving on the old S Type, due to the Aerospace Grade Titanium used in its construction.
Fitted with 3 off 81/2” long and 3 off 11" TBN Type Bank Sticks as standard Also all 6 TBN's can be removed and used as Single Bank Sticks at will, without having to remove Buzzers or Grips.
The Panthers Cross Shafts can be made in various widths options- 12” 14” 16” & 18”at either end.
Can also be fitted with Solid Titanium Thumb Screws or Flush fit Grub Screws, or even a mix of both (As shown in the Photos)
Plus, the 6 off TBN Type Bank Sticks can be fitted with Solid Titanium Points or Stainless Steel Augers at no extra cost.
* The fitting of Stainless Augers adds 1 1/2" to the length of the Bank Sticks
Just like the old Trident S Type did, can be broken down into 9 parts.
1 x 22” long (closed length) Centre Shaft.
2 x Cross Shafts
3 x 81/2” TBN Type Bank Sticks
3 x 11” TBN Type Bank Sticks
~ But most only remove the Centre Shaft, leaving the Cross Sections built up ready to use to save time. And store inside their Un-Hooking Mat Bag or Folded Bed Chair.
Weight: size dependant. Eg, 14"/14" version shown = 1.4 kg
Chassis Length: Closed = 26" Extended = 45"
Front 81/2" to 13" Back 11" to 171/2"
Price £210.00 Complete + Postage
Trident Tiger MKII
The Trident Tiger MKII is basically a Trident Panther with twin Centre Shafts fitted.
Same widths, specifications, same 81/2” & 11” TBN's fitted even the same build options.
Having Twin Centre Shafts does allow for a central void for the middle Indicator to operate.
But also adds weigh to the Chassis, total now = 1.852 kg (452 gram heavier then a same size Trident Panther)
Price £255.00 + Postage
Basically a 2 Rod Panther or Hobbit Chassis converted into a 3 Rod Pod by the addition of 3 Rod Goalpost or Snag bars being fitted. Price depends on type & width of Bars fitted and the consequent width of the Chassis to match.
Basically a Hobbit Chassis with fixed Cross Shafts, very similar cost and specs as a Hobbit system
The Hobbit MKII System
Hobbit MKII Chassis, now fitted with TBN Type Bank Sticks as standard
The Hobbit System was designed for those who primarily fish 2 Rod limit waters, Rivers & Canals, but it also provided the option of fishing 3 Rods if the opportunity arises, without the need for extra equipment.
From 1st June 2013 the Hobbit MKII was introduced, now fitted with 81/2” & 11” TBN Type Titanium Bank Sticks, that can be fitted with Solid Titanium Points or Stainless Steel Augers at request.
*The fitting of Stainless Augers adds 1 1/2" to the length of the Bank Sticks
You also have the option of the Chassis & Bank Sticks being fitted with - Solid Titanium Thumb Screws, or flush fitting Grub Screws, or a mix of both.
The Titanium Centre Shaft = 25 1/2” long closed, and extends to 43” long.
Weight of the total sytem = 1.274 Kg
Both Cross Shafts are fitted with removable “Top Hats” at 10” wide Centres: Top Hats allow the Hobbit System to be used in many modes at will, they also double up as a form off Buzzer Quick Release fitting. Cross Shafts also have the ability to Rotate 360 degrees at will – very useful when setting up on uneven bankings or fishing Beachcaster Style on the River.
There's 7 basic modes a Hobbit system can be used in, without the need for any extras.
~ 2 Rod Trident Set Up
~ 2 Rod Pod Set Up
~ 2 Rod Goalpost Set up (With the Centre Shaft not fitted)
~ 2 Rod Tripod at either end/ 2 Rod Buzz Bar & Bank Stick at the opposite end.
~ 2 off 2 Rod Buzz Bars on single Bank Sticks, allowing the 2 Bank Sticks spare for a 3rd Rod
~ 2 Rod Buzz Bar in a “Beach Caster” type mode, using the Adaptor provided.
* Can also obviously be used as 4 Individual Bank Sticks
Folded mode (25 1/2" Long x 11" Wide)
Price: Complete Hobbit MKII System = £175.00 + Postage