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Rod Review

Finally! Our Take on the Steez Eight Foot Flipping Stick (continued)

Power: On the water, the STZ802HFBA did little to distance itself from the results of our lab tests meaning just as it measures out to be more of a finesse flipping rod, it feels as such on the water too. This is not a stick I'd recommend punching matts with or flipping into the nastiest cover you can find. At the same time, the STZ802HFBA is perfectly suited to dropping jigs and Tx rigged plastics into weed pockets and in and around shoreline structure.

...attach your reel of choice...

It certainly has plenty enough power for a good hookset and for directing fish away from cover. It's just if you're expecting to pull a six pounder out from under a thick matt of weeds, you'll probably be disappointed. The STZ802HFBA is just not built that way.

...rig up your bait and you're ready to go!

Features: The biggest news in the feature set department for the STZ802HFBA is its unique two-piece construction where the handle portion of the rod separates from the rest of it making it easy and convenient to store in those shallow rod lockers or even in your car. Otherwise the components are identical to the STZ711HFBA meaning basically everything is top of the line and worthy of Daiwa's flagship status.

The STZ802HFBA has the same Air-Beam reel seat as all of the Daiwa Steez baitcasting sticks.

And of course, it also features Fuji titanium framed SiC guides.

Application: Already discussed, this rod is right at home with vertical presentations pitched, flipped, and roll casted to targets. One technique that just came to mind as we sat down to write this article was Carolina rigging. We did not test this on the water, but in hindsight, I bet the STZ802HFBA would make an awesome stick for Carolina rigging. It's length will really come in handy for those sweeping hooksets taking up a copious amount of line with every swing.

Yes, that's a custom painted (by ZPI Japan) Shimano Metanium MG7 (modified with a 90mm Bassart Handle) mounted on our STZ802HFBA.

One last look at our wicked combo.

Warranty: Because it is a domestically offered product, the STZ802HFBA, just like all the other Daiwa Steez fishing rods is covered by a limited lifetime warranty. It's best to contact Daiwa directly with any questions, comments, or claims you might have, but rest assured, the rod is covered so your investment will not go in vain should something unfortunate occur post purchase. 


Daiwa Steez STZ801HFBA Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Another quality product from Daiwa 9
Performance Just short of fantastic given sensitivity was not what we hoped for 7.5
Price All we can say is ouch! and prices are set to go up in 2009 4
Features Top end components but no hook hangar and the JDM Steez rods come with a rod sleeve 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Balance and weight of this stick are outstanding 9
Application A wonderful rod for pitching and flipping jigs and soft plastics 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Top end components L This is one premium priced stick
J Two piece portability with one piece fishability L Hoped for better sensitivity
J Incredibly light and balanced for a stick of this length  


Conclusion: So ends our journey with yet another CompileX rod from Daiwa with pretty much similar results to the STZ711HFBA only I actually enjoyed this stick more. True it's not a heavy duty, matt punching, brush busting broomstick of a fishing rod, but that's not what I expected nor wanted out of this stick anyway. If it is something you require in a flipping stick, the STZ802HFBA is definitely not for you.


The STZ802HFBA is one fun stick to fish!


Instead, if you're looking for a long, easy handling stick that you can use to pitch jigs and any assortment of plastic baits accurately and effectively to the majority of cover situations and you value lightweight and relative balance with top end components, the STZ802HFBA has few rivals. Certainly sensitivity could be better, but of course, fish it with your favorite superline and your results will likely improve over mine. Add to all of this, the portability of this rod and it's simply a difficult stick to leave at home - even when paired with a Shimano reel.


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