Browning® Fishing SilaFlex Trigger Rods
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In the 1960's, Browning pioneered the development of fiberglass rods... and in so doing, created a legend. Crafted of proprietary Hi-Density tubular fiberglass, a SilaFlex rod offered the most advanced technology of the day--the ideal blend of light weight, strength, flexibility and sensitivity. Today's SilaFlex is true to the original (if you've owned one, your hand hasn't forgotten the feel!). Same quality blanks, same classic actions, upgraded with hard aluminum oxide guides, premium cork handles and lightweight graphite reel seats for exceptional handling all around.
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 42
Rated 2 out of 5 by fordskinner0 ok for young kids
The rod is way to limber and you can not feel a fish hitting your bait. I used this rod for one fishing trip and the rod now belongs to my son. The rod is well built but has no back bone.
April 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HisDudenes Same Great Old SilaFlex! The Living Ledgend
I have been fishing with Sila's since I started fishing at the age of 3 (no exaggeration there) and have caught an uncountable number of fish on these fiberglass brute's. In the couple hundred Sila's I have owned I have only broken 3 rods (all were my fault) and only one was a fishing related accident. I have caught everything on various years of these rods from sunfish to king salmon in Alaska, and a 4.5 hour engagement with a 10'6" white sturgeon on 15 lb test!
Now Onto These New Rods...
They have a parabolic action that has a slightly stiffer than comparable older generation rods, but this is better suited for modern applications such as Carolina rigs or top water lures. The grips are made of great quality cork and finished on both ends by a brass washer... something missing in other rods nowadays (it holds the handle together in dry environments). The reel seat is a thick pressed graphite that does a good job of transferring vibrations from the blank; it also has a section of exposed blank at the bottom of the seat for those fineness freaks among us. The guides are double footed guides that are typical on most modern rods so nothing special there. The guides have held up to heavy braid and mono in both casting and trolling applications with no signs of wear. The rod has no hook keep; Get Over It! Use the foot of one of the guides or buy one of the plastic ones that Fuji sells to rubber band onto the rod.
If You Want A Rod With A More Bass Rod Type Action I Would Recommend Looking Into Wright&McGills S Curve Rods... There Just As Good
January 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by eeeks super caster
Paired with pro-qualifier baitcaster and a match made
in heaven. Handles 5lb bass w/ ease and solid base
power at butt end.. The missing hook keeper is never
a problem with any rod you purchase; just buy a pack
of mounting cable ties and attach to rod and problem
December 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by AlleghenyHighlander average
I ordered the 7 foot long version. It casts far and accurately but I'm not terribly impressed. I've used it for casting cranks and spinnerbaits of various sizes. To me it's a typical $40-$50 rod with nothing to recommend it over any other rod, like an ugly stick for example. To me it doesn't have the magical feel of a fiberglass rod from the heyday of fiberglass rods. 3 stars is "average" and that's what I found this rod to be.
October 5, 2012
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