Custom reel seats and direct blank contact

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This is a surprisingly lightweight and ergonomic fishing rod. It’s not tip-heavy and it’s not butt-heavy. Instead, when paired with a reel, it’s quite well balanced and a pleasure to fish with all day long. It’s one of the more lightweight rods in my current lineup. 

I really like the reel seat because it allows my hand to have direct contact with the blank throughout the entire retrieve. This creates incredible sensitivity which is an absolute must-have when it comes to finesse fishing. Whether you need to feel subtle changes in bottom composition or those weird, mushy, hard-to-detect post-frontal bites, this direct blank contact is an enormous help. 

I will say, however, that I’m not a huge fan of the white color of the grips and reel seat. Like I said earlier, it’s a super comfortable rod so it has nothing to do with the “feel” of it. But these grips and this reel seat will get dirty over time. It’s certainly not impossible to clean but after a long weekend of fishing, especially if you’re catching a bunch, you’ll definitely have to take some cleaning spray to it.