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Rod Review

Daiwa’s new Steez rods exhibit just as much Performance as they do Style

Date: 11/20/06
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander


Introduction: Is the domestic market ready for a truly enthusiast rod? Launched in the US at this year’s ICAST alongside the Steez reels these new bass rods are designed for those anglers that demand the ultimate in low weight, sensitivity, and exotic design. Quite unlike any Daiwa rod available in the US before it, the new Steez rods target the ultra premium enthusiast market head on.


Daiwa Steez STZ631MHFBA SVF Specifications

Material SVF Graphite
Length 6'-3"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 9"
Line Wt. 8 - 20 lb
Lure Wt. 3/16 - 1 ounces
Pieces one
Guides 8 guides + tip (Ti Framed SiC inserts)
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 3.4 ounces
MSRP $349.00


The Daiwa Steez STZ631


Impressions: These new rods achieve "Style with ease," just as their name implies. Until now the early adopters, or "enthusiasts" as we call them here on TT, have imported the vast majority of their rod offerings. Is the mass market ready in the US to adopt such a rod series? Quite possibly. Take for example Megabass, which now has a devoted following for their rods despite having a premium price point. Yes, there are anglers out there willing to shell out the big bucks for a premium enthusiast grade offering. One such example is our very own Enthusiast Editor, Cal, who has “corrupted” many an angler with mere glimpses at his astonishing personal collection.


The blank proudly displays the "Steez" logo

"Enthusiasts” love tackle just as much as they do fishing, and nothing excites them more than a rod that matches up perfectly with their premium reels. The Steez rods make use of exotic components from the blank level through the metal hardware. Every component was carefully selected, tested by itself, re-tested on the rod, and then implemented. This fact is showcased on the Steez rods, and there are many inimitable treatments on the rods from the distinctive Air-Beam seat to the superbly machined aluminum fore-nut.

The Air-Beam reel seat has ergonomic ridges for two fingers

The Steez rod screams for a lightweight reel, and anything other than a magnesium reel would negate the ultra light weight benefits of the rod itself. For Daiwa fans this means investing in a Steez, TD-Z, Fuego…or possibly an aluminum supertuned ultralight like the Alphas Ito. If your budget allows for it the Steez baitcaster, which only weighs 5.5oz, is the definitive counterpart. The STZ631 only weighs in at 3.4oz, so together with a Steez reel the total outfit only weighs 8.9oz, which is lighter than many reels alone!

A perfect match the Daiwa Steez reel and rod

The lab Tests: The STZ631 is lighter in sheer weight than any rod we have put on the RoD “WRACK” and we were not sure exactly what to expect from this wispy stick.

Lab Results for STZ631MHFBA

Avg RoD (2-16 oz)
Rated Action
Measured Weight
Balance Point
3.4 oz
G.Loomis MBR783C GLX
4.2 oz

Rate of Deflection (RoD): when we look at the actual deflection values, and plot them against one another, we can actually see that while the STZ631 deflects similar to the MBR783C GLX under loads below twelve ounces, above this range, it exhibits a tad more deflection. This translates to an extremely crisp feel, one that is able to adapt to a variety of lure weights.


Spine, Weight, and Balance Point: The spine of our STZ631 came out on the top and its balance point was 6" measured from the center of the reel seat towards the tip of the rod. Unlike other rods we have tested the STZ631 does not have a tip heavy feel so often found on rods with no foregrip. The rod benefits for both extremely light graphite and a shorter 6’3” blank. During the tests the line would come in contact with the blank with a 8oz load at the end of the line, this is rather impressive as this is the same spec as many other rods we have tested, and yet the STZ631 is a lighter rod.


The Steez features a machined aluminum fore-nut


The Field Tests: To test the Steez we spent three months fishing the rod primarily in the California Delta. To properly test the entire rig we paired the rod with the Steez baitcaster. At the time of the field tests the Steez lines were not yet available so we opted for Yozuri Hybrid 10 and 12lb for the balance of our tests.


This is one ultralight rig...weighing in at only 8.9oz. The Steez rod by itself is only 3.4oz

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