2008 Rod has no split grip.
2009 Rod has split grip
2008 Rod has Fuji ACS reel seat (finger grooved seat)
2009 Rod went back to standard fuji reel seat, exposed blank
2008 Rod has Blue Zirconium Guide Inserts
2009 Upgraded to Fuji SiC guidesets!
2008 has standard grade A cork
2009 has burl cork
Also I believe they re-engineered the entire blank it is built on. It sure looks like it. The new rods have a great 'texture' to them, hard to describe. They definately upgraded the LTA series the most in my opinion. The new ones look absolutely SICK. The 2008 is an incredible rod also though. And the new argon's are even better than last year's LTA's. amazing. Kistler is unreal.
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