Over the last few years, micro-guides have become a fixture in the fishing rod market. They are advertized as helping anglers cast farther and manage line better than conventional guides. Most rods equipped with micro-guides are high-end offerings that come with a hefty price tag.

All Star, a perennial leader in the prosumer rod category (professional series rods built specifically for consumers), just introduced their Academy Sports Micro Series of casting rods.

The ASM Series consists of 12 freshwater baitcasting models — each one is marked according to their intended application. For example, 6’6″ topwater, 6’6″ worm, 6’7″ jerk bait, 6’9″ spinnerbait and 6’10” whacky worm models. These one-piece rods are built for the long haul with quality components like micro titanium-framed guides, a Fuji skeleton reel seat that lashes reels firmly and a split-grip that affords two-handed casting to reach out and touch them. A multi-modulus, 100 percent graphite blank anchors the new rods.

This new series of micro-guide rods will be available through Academy Sports retail outlets and their online store. MSRP: $129.99