The spinning rods will all
have split rear grips with no-foregrips and feature an open ended hook keeper
just behind the forward portion of the rear grip to help stow drop shot rigs
when not in use. The hook keeper for the casting rods is a new, low profile
design to help guard against unwanted line tangles while the rods are in use.
Gary shows us
the action of his one-piece, 8’ cranking stick
Here is the
split rear grip of the Champion Xtreme spinning rod. If you look closely, you
can see the hook hangar just to the left of the wrapping detail on the right
side of the picture
Dobyns Rods casting models
will all feature a new, low profile hook hangar.
As previously discussed in our
Interview with Gary Dobyns, all of his rods will have, not only his new company
logo on them, but thanks to his partnership with Lamiglas, each rod will have
that company’s logo on them as well.
A closeup of the
Dobyns Rods rod logo
Here you can
see the woven graphite base of the rod together with the Lamiglas logo
also feature an attractive, inset, buttcap with his logo
Other detailing ques on the
Dobyns Rods Champion and Champion Xtreme series of sticks include decorative,
metal winding checks, a woven graphite base extending from the butt to about a
third of the rod’s overally length, and a decorative, inset buttcap at the end
of each rod.
The Champion rod series is
defined by a blue and silver highlight on black thread wrap while the Champion
Xtreme series can be identified by a red and silver on black thread wrap scheme.
Not only is Gary Dobyns a corporate executive, but
he’s still one of the most sought after lecturer’s on the show tour schedule
Of course, no
seminar is complete without a plug for his rods
Judging from the quality
construction and detailing in this new rod series Gary sure has something to
smile about....and so do anglers anticipating the arrival of these new sticks
Gary admitted to
us he’s still making some final tweaks and adjustments to the rods but he
expects to have them in store racks by the middle to end of March. The Champion
and Champion Xtreme rods were one of the major highlights at the ISE Sacramento
show, and judging from the interest from both other tournament anglers and
consumers the Champion rods have kicked off nicely. When one consumer shook
Gary's hand and remarked "these are some sweet looking rods," Gary replied
"...about time I got a rod out huh." Well, we have to say it looks like these
rods were worth the wait.