Simply stated, the finest Salmon/Steelhead blanks made
today. Lightweight and powerful designs which represent the pinnacle
of design concepts in the Salmon/Steelhead category. Proprietary
material blending results in a series of blanks that are simply a joy to
fish. Two years in the design and field testing process had resulted
in the industry benchmark in this category.
||Ti - Chrome
At first, I had some reservations around the
titanium-chrome color. My concern was that the finish would appear
light or metallic chrome in color. I was pleasantly surprised that
the finish is more of a metallic pewter. For rodbuilders familiar
with Gudebrod's HT Metallic wrapping thread, this rod is a very close to
their pewter thread. As a base to build upon, the finish will be
supportive of many color schemes.
I noticed that when bright sunlight was introduced to the
blank that the color shifted from a micro-small metallic sparkle to a
translucent clear grey blank with the shadow of graphite rings. It
almost appeared as a holographic color change. I like it!
Giving the "wiggle" test, which amounts to meaning
absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, the rod felt solidly
built. There was a minimum amount of whippy-ness. The blending
of modulus by Batson has produced, at least by the initial feel, a GL
Steelhead Fish Taming Stick. I'm looking forward to putting a
bend into this stick to see how it feels under stress. My guess is
the rod will flex into the mid section with enough forgiveness to protect
the lighter fluorocarbon leads I run, but have enough power down low to
man-handle the meaner fish into submission.
The construction of the rod blank revealed the attention to
detail designed by Batson. The Rainshadow blank was silky smooth in
the sections fit together perfectly with little effort.
Modulus blending of
RX8 & RX7 graphite materials
combination of sensitivity and strength
overall blank weight than competitive blanks
To best describe this
blank is "fishes with complete authority" comes to mind. For the
tributaries feeding Erie in NE Ohio, this rod will perform very well.
The combination of materials and their individual strengths can easily be
felt when battling steel. Smaller fish are easily pulled to the bank
for a quick release. Stronger fish can tug and run and the light tip
section softens the force of their head thrashing. On longer runs,
with higher line-test tippet, putting the breaks on fish is a matter of
principle. Lock down on the reel, tilt the rod slightly toward level
and begin to reel them in....with this blank, you direct the show!
There are many rods and rod blanks available to our specific industry with
prices ranges that run the gamut. Deciding on which rod is right
given your particular needs can sometimes be difficult. With this
said, reviews of particular areas of design, quality and value is very
much subjective. I found with this new rod blank, that given the
cost and the performance...the value is extremely good. I
acknowledge that there are competitors that sell rods that are only
slightly lighter and at a much higher expense. If a truly custom
experience is what your after, whether you employ a builder or build the
rod yourself, than the new XST1562-3 is worth your serious consideration!
components have been installed on this rod to produce "The S.A.W.
II - Dj's Revenge", Steelhead Assault Weapon:
Fuji TYSG Titanium
Ti Finish Sm. Bent
Amtack's Ti Finish
AWC Knurled Winding Check
Amtack's Ti Finish
Windowed Graphite Insert Ti Finish Reelseat
PacBay's HD Ti Finish
Custom Cork Grip
Halo / Tiger Wrap
A detailed write-up of this project
build can be found at our partner site:
Infinity Rod Creations
80 fish and counting without a negative word
On smaller fish and lighter tippet, the rod
provides a choice between babying or playing boss-man. If you choose
to horse the smaller (under 25") fish into shore, turn the rod to the
side, crank away and watch the fish hydroplane to shore. On the
bigger fish, initial hooksets can be made with authority. The tip
sections ability to compensate for head thrashing is about as good as any
float rod I've fished. When the big guy tires, bring the rod from
either the 10 or 2 o'clock position to a more horizontal angle and watch
as the fight is transferred from middle-upper to middle-lower. In
this process, an extreme amount of power is at your disposal. It is
a safe assessment and statement that if you choose to have one of these
rods built, you'll be as pleased with it as I have been! The modulus
and 3 piece nature of its construction are just icing on the cake.
For the investment dollars, it is a great value. Way to go Batson