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Rod Review


Cranking It Up with Dobyns Rods's 806CB! (continued)

Features: The 806CB features Kigan tangle free, stainless steel framed guides with SiC inserts. The reel seat is the basic, but well liked Fuji ECS seat, and the hook keeper is a standard closed loop design installed on the left side of the blank just above the reel seat. As mentioned earlier, the rod's full rear grip is made of cork, and the rod came with no rod sleeve.

Features Ratings for Dobyns Rods 806CB

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
4
3
1
16
25
6.4


Transitions between cork rings and other materials is clean.

Design/Ergonomics: Manufacturers are waging an uphill battle when it comes to the task of making an eight foot stick comfortable to fish. The inherent length of these sticks just about guarantees they're going to be tip heavy and most strategies to battle this inherent trait is going to make the stick heavy and cumbersome to handle over the course of a full day on the water. Having said all that, the 806CB has a good feel to it and is anything but cumbersome.

Lab Results for Dobyns Rods 806CB

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Dobyns Rods 806CB
1.92
Mod-Fast
6.1
8.5
0.31
Shallow Crank Avg
3.00
--
4.8
5
0.17
Medium Crank Avg
2.30
--
5.2
8.5
0.21
Deep Crank Avg
1.90
--
4.9
8.75
0.23

The rod's rear grip is a generous length and right on the border of "long enough" for strong, two handed casts for distance. Personally, I'd like another inch or two, but it works. Lastly, the colors and graphics on this stick are toned down fro past Champion series models - gone is the big silver patch of paint underneath the rod's label and in its place is a sleeve of criss crossing carbon fiber. This is a welcome change.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Dobyns Rods 806CB

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
3
14
20
7.0


The rod comes with a standard hook keeper.

Application: Similar to its recently reviewed sibling, the 765CB, because the 806CB is a graphite stick, it's more versatile than your typical crankbait rod. Along with treble hooked moving baits, this stick has enough muscle and sensitivity to fish jig style baits with single hooks too. Small swimbaits, Senkos, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, this stick can support a wide variety of techniques.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Dobyns Rods 806CB

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
4
4
4
20
25
8.0


Gone is the painted section beneath the label replaced by this attractive criss cross carbon sleeve.

Ratings:

Dobyns Rods 806CB Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very clean build 8.9
Performance This stick has "it" for casting 9.2
Price Good price for a quality 8' cranking stick 7.0
Features Standard set of features 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) It's difficult to make an 8' stick comfortable to fish, but Dobyns Rods does a good job with the 806CB 7.0
Application Thanks to its graphite construction, this stick is very versatile 8.0

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Casting ability of this rod is excellent - 8' length is great once you're on the water, but stowing 8' rods in smaller boats is difficult
+ For an 8' rod, this stick is comfortable to fish  
+ Very versatile thanks to graphite construction  

  


Not exactly the type of fish you expect to land with the 806CB but we'll take it!

 

Conclusion: If you're looking for the ideal rod with which to fish the recent influx of LOUS (lures of unusual size) crankbaits, you might be hard pressed to find one better suited than Dobyns Rods's 806CB. This is a beast of a stick that can cast those equally beastly baits a mile and do so with relative ease. It handles this task so well it's almost to the point where you don't want a fish to interrupt your retrieve so you can bring that bait back as fast as you can and experience the cast one more time - almost.

 

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