It’s been a couple of months now I’ve had this rod and it’s time for a full rundown. Originally I got this rod for use Glo-bugging spawn run Trout in the Eucumbene River but it has very quickly become one of my must have rods every time I go fishing which is out of character for me as I usually prefer slower actioned rods.
At first, it was a rod for use with braid being so sensitive. Trying to feel along the bottom in fast flowing water with three small split shots requires this but then as always, a conversation with Steve Morgan opened up other ideas. It was his go-to rod for skipping unweighted worm hooked plastics around marinas, pontoons and boats using straight through 3 and 4 pound fluro. The AGS guides coupled with the fast action rod blank mean the rod has far less wobble as the cast arc ends and the line shoots out more freely.
The thing I really like though is that while the rod is rated as having an X-fast blank, once you have a fish hooked up, the rod doesn’t feel like a pool cue with light tip as other rods I have used in the past do. The tip folds away and the rod takes up a more parabolic curve which isn’t so important with mono but of great help when using braid. Especially with small hooks and big fish you need that action not to pull the hooks.
I have covered the evolution of the use of AGS and the good news is that the price is already coming down. AGS is amazing but most anglers are not in the $1000 rod market like the first ones were. These rods come in at nearly half that which is very reasonable for a rod like this. It’s still not in most anglers budgets but it’s certainly not in the “If I win lotto” category.
Aesthetics wise it is a beautifully finished rod with a very minimalist look that also helps cut the weight. I guess I should also mention that this rod is light! 75 grams light. I’m not much for comparing weights of rods as their balance is more important. Thankfully this rod is both. Which brings me to what may be the only negative thing about the rod for some people. It does have quite a long butt section and I say for some people because I personally hate rods with a short butt section as I can only cast a spin rod with two hands. The long butt section helps lever it through the casts and when fighting those big Trout it’s great to lay it down your forearm and make the rod an extension of your arm rather than fighting it with nothing but wrist. It’s horses for courses I guess and I could imagine some people won’t be too keen on it. For me the only real problem is that I want two of them so I can always have one with braid and one with fluro.
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