Yup, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m pretty damn lucky to work where I do. I turned up to work to find a Japanese shipment had come in and even while they were still on the pallet and wrapped in packing plastic I could see something I was going to be interested in.
STZ 681ULXS-ST was not a code I was familiar with but I immediately knew it was a Steez, 6’8″, 1 piece, Ultra Light, Extra Fast Taper, Spinning, Solid Tip rod and even a general description like that was exciting. I found out an hour later that it was actually the third sibling to two other rods that impressed me, the “Feral Kat” and the “Super Skyflash”. Introducing the Steez “Amraam”. Rated for 2-5lb and casting weights of 1/64 to 1/8th oz. casting weights it will be a beautiful rod at the ultra light end and I suspect will be suitable for a range of applications.
First up, I have no idea where any of those names come from and while the first two make some sense, Amraam means nothing to me. I do however suspect that all the letters from all three names must make an anagram of something funny. “Aerate ass flask afar lymph murk” perhaps? Can anyone leave a better one in the comments section?
Once again, I digress in to my own weird thoughts. The long and the short of it is that the Lureandfly.com team have been lucky enough to get our hands on all three of these Megatop rods and with a tournament this weekend we have decided to do the “one rod challenge” on the weekend. Basically three of us are going to use one of these rods each for the entire day on the water and then review them next week with all the technical information about them, how they performed on the water, what techniques they are suited to and everything else you could want to know about them.
Keep an eye out next week. But if you can’t wait that long check them out at the Daiwa website