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Rod Review


Sneak Up On Your Quarry With The Denali Kovert K863WJ Rod (continued)

Casting: Rated at three eighths to one-ounce lures, the rod handles these weights just fine. It does feel best with the higher end of that weight range, and it can even handle baits eclipsing the one-ounce mark if needed. There is a healthy dose of power in this blank so it's definitely not going to be a great choice if you're looking to cast light stuff, as even three-eighths feels light on it. As a medium-heavy stick it handles a wide variety of standard bottom-contact baits and provides good accuracy. When casting with two hands the generous butt portion also provides a nice handhold for a secure grip.


A clip-style hook keeper is found right above the foregrip.

Perhaps the biggest “downer” when chucking the Kovert K863WJ is the fact that, well, it's just not that much fun. Why is this? The rod just plain feels heavy in hand. It seriously detracts from the enjoyment of casting and makes the rod feel somewhat clunky.


The first two guides are double foot, and the wraps on the first one including some silver tipping for some extra flair.

Sensitivity: I feel that the sensitivity of this stick is about average. It's IM-8 construction combined with the unpainted blank provides decent feel, but the sensation while dragging a bait along the bottom can be a little vague at times. If the rod wasn't so hefty overall, I can't help but think the sensitivity would be kicked up a notch or two.


The ALPS guides seem refined and never failed during testing.

Performance Ratings for Denali Kovert K863WJ Casting Rod

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
3
5
5
20
25
8.0

Power: The K863WJ undoubtedly has all the grunt (and then some!) that you want in a medium-heavy rod. It actually fishes a bit more on the heavy side to be quite honest. It's no sweat to set the hook with authority and control even the most ticked-off bass. Looking at the chart below, you'll see that the Denali's power curve is right in amongst our Daiwa Tatula and the legendary MBR844C GLX, both of which are classified as heavy-power rods. Having fished an old school MBR844C GL3 for many years back in my days as a teenager, the action and power of this blank reminded me very much of that good old Loomis.


This rod would be more accurately labeled as a heavy-power stick.

Lab Results for Denali Kovert K863WJ Casting Rod

Model Avg RoD (2-32oz) Taper Measured Weight (oz) Balance Point (inches) Balancing Torque (ft lbs)

Denali Kovert K843WJ

1.57

Fast

5.6

10

0.27

MBR844C GLX

1.48

Fast

4.7

7.5

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Features: The Kovert K843WJ brings a standard set of features to the table. Besides the IM-8 blank, other major features you'll find are ALPS stainless-framed semi-micro guides, a PacBay skeleton reel seat, custom EVA split grips, and a stabilized hardwood foregrip. The long, clip-style hook keeper is mounted on the bottom side of the blank just ahead of the foregrip.


After the first two guides, the rest of them are all single foot.

Features Ratings for Denali Kovert K863WJ Casting Rod

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
4
3
1
13
25
5.6

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