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Rod Review


Evergreen International Continues to Impress with the Affordable RCSS-71MH


Date: 10/31/17
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Evergreen International
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.08 - GREAT

Earlier this year, we took a look at one of the most anticipated rods of the season, Evergreen International's Jack Hammer - a $200 stick built for the US market distributed with the help of Daiwa. It easily won our Best Value Award. Today, we take a look at our second rod from this series, a medium-heavy powered spinning stick, the Brett Hite Combat series RCSS-71MH.


Evergreen Intl BH Combat RCSS-71MH Specifications

Material Unspecified Graphite
Length 7'-1"
Line Wt. 8-17lb
Lure Wt. 1/4-1oz
Pieces One
Guides 8+tip (Fuji Alconite)
Rear Handle Length 9.25"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.8oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $199

Introducing Evergreen International's Brett Hite Combat Series RCSS-71MH.

Impressions: The RCSS-71MH is a seven foot, one inch spinning rod built with the same look as the previously reviewed RCSC-73HG, but this time without the hybrid glass blank. Instead, this stick is built from an unspecified graphite but with the same Fuji Alconite guides with stainless steel frames, the camo, EVA foam grip and a custom reel seat by Fuji.


This stick features all Fuji components.


It comes with the cross-weave carbon reinforcement from the but through the first third of the rod then transitions immediately to an unsanded, blank finished with a very thin gloss coat from tip to butt. Out of the rod sleeve, my first impression of the rod is that the handle is a little short, but we'll see how that pans out in our real world tests.

The Camo pattern EVA foam grips is a signature of the entire series.

Real World Tests: For the RCSS-71MH's real world tests, I paired it with Quantum's new Smoke PT Inshore spinning reel. Of course, I only tested this combo in freshwater, but the Smoke PT caught my attention with its blue highlights, so it was an easy choice to pair up with this Evergreen rod. Spooled on this reel was some new braid by Phenix Rod company, their Hydra 8X Braid in 20lb test.

Clean, precise detailing is a signature of Evergreen International.

Casting: Recognizing the RCSS-71MH isn't really a finesse fishing rod but more of an all purpose type spinning rod, I tied on an Owner Wacky Jig Head and tipped it with the new Missile Baits The 48 worm for some quick fan cast, searching techniques early in the morning.

Time to get a little wacky.

What I found is that the RCSS-71MH responded very well to this relatively light bait combo making it easy for me to both cast and pitch to target and also cast for distance covering as much water as possible. The rod's tip feels like a typical medium-heavy power, yet it still loads well enough to cast this wacky bait combo where ever I needed it to be.

Testing out the RCSS-71MH's tip.

Next Section: A perfect storm of combinations...









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