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Enthusiast Review


Skip, Hop, Drop, Cut and Shake by Evergreen International (continued)

Sensitivity: Sensitivity throughout Evergreen International's Kaleido lineup is among the best we've ever fished. The Cut In Shake is no exception and given its ultra light status, is probably among the best in the lineup. There's just no comparison when you're fishing a high end ultra light stick.


Nonetheless, it is VERY sensitive.

Power: Of course, with that ultra-sensitivity, you can't expect to have the most powerful stick in the world. Just the same, fishing drop shot and split shot rigs with Gamakatsu light wire and Owner finesse hooks, sticking your fish is rarely a concern - just reel in the slack and lift your rod to put pressure on the fish. You can employ a half swing for a hookset too, but if you power set, you're probably going to break your line or your knot. Remember, this is finesse fishing.


Fig 1 : This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Evergreen International TKLS-61ULX. As you can see from the red curve, while this stick has a very nimble tip, that backbone is even more powerful than the SMR822S-SP - a two power (medium light) stick!

The TKLS-61ULX is built with an extra-fast taper, so once you do hook a fish, the rod loads quickly and transitions just as fast into its backbone for a considerable amount of control in an ultra light rod. Most ultra light sticks are built for panfish or trout and have more moderate tapers, but the Cut In Shake is clearly built with bass in mind and has an almost perfect taper for tossing finesse worms.


And here's how.. check out how quickly this stick sets up and how much of the length of the rod translates to backbone!

Performance Ratings for Evergreen International TKLS-61ULX Cut In Shake

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
4
5
5
4
20
25
8.0

Features: The Cut In Shake comes with a medium grade cork grip (there's more filler than we'd like on a rod in this price range), Fuji titanium framed, SiC insert guides, a reel seat that locks from the bottom of the handle, no hook keeper and of course, the customary rod sleeve.


More superb detailing from Evergreen.

The rod sleeve is better for long term storage than it is sliding in and out of a crowded rod locker, but it can serve in this purpose in a pinch. The reel seat is more functional than it is elegant - something that is a common malady with spinning rods.

Features Ratings for Evergreen International TKLS-61ULX Cut In Shake

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
5
3
1
3
15
25
6.0

Design/Ergonomics: Functionally, the afore mentioned grip is perfectly comfortable to fish. The rear handle on a spinning rod like this is an afterthought anyway when it comes time to use it because your hand spends most of the time at the top. Evergreen puts a nice, comfortable Eva cap on the grip giving you a slightly more positive, tactile feel after you've made your cast and have moved your hand forward to try and sense that bite.


Kaleido, as a series of rods offered by a major manufacturer, remains at the very top of anything we've fished for bass.

The rod's graphics are there, but in a very non-intrusive way - just simple black, white, and gold to compliment the overall cosmetics of the rod. Given this is such a short, light powered rod, weight and balance are of very little consequence in the grand scheme of fishing this rod.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Evergreen International TKLS-61ULX Cut In Shake

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
5
5
18
20
9.0

Application: It's going to be tough for an ultra light rod to score well in this section, but given the Cut In Shake's taper, it can do more than one would initially assume. Matched with properly sized baits, this stick can almost do it all save for maybe small spinners and crankbaits. The rod's extra-fast taper is less than ideal for moving baits like these, but if you're tossing small jerkbaits or topwaters, the quick recovery of the blank is of a benefit.


An ultra light rod for bass? Don't let this rod's stature fool you, it is one deadly weapon.

Its best application though, is dragging small jigs, split shot and drop shot rigs along the bottom where you can feel every little bump and then the inevitable "tap-tap-tap" of a fish at the end of your line.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Evergreen International TKLS-61ULX Cut In Shake

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
2
3
5
3
16
25
6.0

 

Ratings:

Evergreen International TKLS-61ULX Cut In Shake Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Worthy of a seat in Evergreen's flagship line of rods 10
Performance If you enjoy fishing UL sticks as much as I, the performance of this stick is really great 8
Price You have to really want it to spend over $700 on a spinning rod 3
Features Pretty standard array of features when all is said and done 6
Design (Ergonomics) UL rods are among the most fun to fish and the Cut In Shake is no exception 9
Application It performs very well as a stick for finesse plastics and jigs, but more or less average for other UL applications 6

Total Score

7.0
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
+ Extremely sensitive - If you're in the US, still have to source from overseas
+ Great choice for an enthusiast level UL rod  


Yes, thanks to its price tag, this stick is very exclusive - just the way we Enthusiasts like it!

Conclusion: Our rating system is rather unforgiving of products in this price range - it always has been. The reality is, if you're concerned about warranty, shipping from overseas, and are one to keep an eye on your tackle budget, $700 is a lot of coin to fork over for an ultra light rod. Then again, for those in the market and able to afford the luxury of Evergreen Kaleido, rest assured the Cut In Shake is a really fun stick to fish and a tool more that's more than worthy of consideration.

 

 

 

 

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