Follower: The Airrus Stargate ASG721HF-C
In the premium price segment, sensitivity is arguably the most important measure
of a rod being worth it's high price. The Stargate ASG721HF-C indeed offers
excellent sensitivity worthy of it's premium pricing. The rod offers keen feel
and never makes you wonder what your bait is doing.
The Megaphone handle may seem gimmicky, but it does seem extremely effective in
transmitting vibrations to your hand. The tapered shape of the handle allows
for vibrations to travel backwards through the grip and amplify right to your
hand. Couple this effect with the fact that the main grip is not covered by any
excess material such as cork or foam, and it's easy to see why it's so
small tip top passes my leader knots just fine.
The rod lacks nothing in the power category. There is an abundance of butt and
midsection power that will move fish and subdue any oversized surprises. The
use of Buckypaper in the butt section helps strengthen this area even more. The
Stargate is indeed a rod that can move fish with authority and for it's given
ratings you won't find it lacking in this department whatsoever.
butt features a small plastic “button” for a bit of protection.
Application, Warranty, Price:
This stick offers enough versatility to cover a range of techniques. Because of
it's stoutness, this is a super rod for things like bigger jigs, Texas rigs,
small swimbaits, and performing light duty pitching. I also throw frogs a bunch
from open water to modest cover and find it to be a pretty good rod for them as
Another innovative rod from the Wizard of Rods
At a price of $500, the Stargate does not come cheap. The rod is certainly a
performer, but since Airrus is not a widely recognized name at the moment it may
trouble people to fork over that much dough without a big name to back it up.
While the rod is costly, it fishes above average and is loaded with features
which helps to justify it's price. $500 puts it above or in the neighborhood of
other ultra premium offerings such as GLX, NRX, Megabass, and Steez. The rod
becomes a tough call when cross shopped with these prestigious offerings, but
those looking for something new and different should be curious. The Stargate
is covered under a limited original owner warranty.
ratings standard for
2008 and have
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the bottom of the
following matrix as
is a bit
: 2 =
poor : 3
: 4 =
: 5 =
: 6 =
fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
No hook keeper
Stargate is a fun rod to fish both in terms of looks and performance.
the premium price segment, the Stargate ASG721HF-C may not be sitting at the top
of the heap, but it's a very strong contender within it's segment. Blending
solid performance with an attractive and innovative design, it is an appealing
package overall. I certainly have some high performing sticks sitting on my rod
rack, but I often reach for the Airrus simply because it's out of the ordinary.
Part of the fun of owning different types of tackle comes in the personal
enjoyment of using gear with differing designs and styles. While fishing I
often found myself looking over the Stargate and admiring it's unique
cosmetics. This is not a boring rod to look at or fish. Is the rod a little
bit weird in it's appearance? Yes. Do I like that? Very much so. Though this
was a prototype stick, Airrus assures us this is pretty much what you're going
to get with two minor exceptions. As mentioned, the guide frames on the
production models will be upgraded to titanium. The reel seat hood will also be
lightened slightly to reduce overall weight. As Airrus continues to tinker with
designs and push innovation even further, it is anyone's guess as to what they
will come up with next!