Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20
Rated 4 out of 5 by Inspectorlee Very good rod for the price
Upon opening the package, assembling the rod, and giving it a few faux casts, I was surprised. For some reason, I had expected it to be stiffer, not as "whippy" as it was. I originally thought that this would be a bad thing, but once I used it, it was a benefit.
Due to the whippy nature of the top 30% of the rod, very light lures (1/8 oz) load very well, and cast pretty far. I surprised myself with the respectable distance that the rod was able to cast my lures. The rod has good backbone as well, my biggest fish being a 3 lb largemouth bass. I didn't need to play the fish, just reeled it in.
I have this paired with a 1000 Shimano Stradic CI4, and the balance is pretty good. It does seem to be a bit tip heavy, but isn't noticeable on the water. I have since changed my line to Sufix 100% Castable Invisiline 6 lb, and casting distance has increased by a noticeable amount, about 20-25 feet. Sensitivity also increased slightly from the previous co-polymer line.
The ferrules don't seem to have any issues, and the rod stays put together after 5 hours of fishing; haven't had it fly apart on me yet. I've also banged the tip up half a dozen times on tree trunks, and it's still holding up fine (I'm still getting used to walking in the brush with a 7'2" pole). No real concerns with the quality of the worksmanship.
I use this pole mainly for largemouth bass, it's my travel pole for my smaller car. And it's worked well for this purpose. Ironically, I've only caught one trout on this so far (14" rainbow) in a month of use.
In conclusion, as long as you understand that the tip is not as stiff as a light action bass rod, it won't disappoint.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sarge1032 FENWICK!
This rod is a pleasure to fish with all day. Plenty of back bone yet light enough to cast the lightest little jigs. The rod is a little tip heavy, so choose your reel wisely and it will balance nicely. I cant say enough about the the hidden handle with cork inlays, this alone is worth the price. Other "High End" rods have exposed reel seats that are just not comfortable to hold all day.
Fenwick really nailed it with their hidden handle design on a great rod.
May 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by vfrazz ...very, very light weight...
...took it out of the shipping box and was amazed at how light this rod is (I love it). I felt the "double handle" would give me a two-handed cast, and it will, but when doing a single-handed cast, my hand doesn't rest quite well on the handle because of the cutout--but I feel I will make an adjustment when in the field. Just a tad disappointed by some sloppy handle gluing that doesn't affect use, but should be better done...
March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ACsciguy Absolutely great rod UL 6'8"
I am not sure what the one reviewer was talking about with this rod being out of balance. It's a perfectly balanced rod that is as light as a feather. I was skeptical because of the price. I bought it at a Bass Pro and the handle was defective. Contacted Fenwick and they were EXCELLENT with their customer service. Got the new one 3 days later. This paired with a nice UL reel is perfect for trout. Do not hesitate, get this rod.
March 12, 2013