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Enthusiast Review


Evergreen International Defines "IT" Again : The Orion OCSC-71H+ Black Rose (continued)

Sensitivity: Normally, with a stick this powerful and with a slower taper, no matter the length, you give up a little in sensitivity so I wasn't really expecting a lot with the Black Rose - especially since my primary purpose behind obtaining this stick was for big bait applications. However, testing this rod with the swim jig and punching soft plastics, I was pleasantly surprised how much feel the Black Rose delivers. I'm not quite sure it's Kaleido sensitive, but it is certainly close. Of course, considering I was using hollow braid with a fluorocarbon top shot in these applications, the deck was stacked slightly in the Black Rose's favor. Just the same, there are no deficiencies when it comes to knowing what's going on at the other end of the line when you're fishing with Evergreen's new one stick to do-it-all.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Evergreen International Orion OCSC-71H+ Black Rose against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: Out on the water, there's little doubt the Black Rose is a powerful stick, but just how powerful is it? Well, a sting with our RoD Wrack reveals it is almost identical to the TKIC-71MH-BK Super Stallion Inspirare we reviewed back in 2018, but not quite as powerful as the legendary TKLC-71MHX Kaleido Super Stallion. At least not in our charts. This probably also has a lot to do with the sticks' respective tapers. On its own, the Black Rose delivers plenty of power and control from hookset to landing with all variety of applications I tasked it with performing.

It's not really stated on Evergreen's website, and while I initially thought the Black Rose had a mod-fast taper, it feels more like a fast. Difficult to really assess given its power

Design & Ergonomics: This is the third time I've fished a stick from Evergreen International with this length and power and have just come to accept there is something magical about this spec from JDM manufacturers - especially Evergreen. For its rated power, the Black Rose is short, yet not heavy and cumbersome. It has an excellent weight to balance ratio and is super agile allowing you to cast and pitch any bait you have tied on as if you're fishing with a 6'-9" medium heavy graphite rod slinging a half ounce spinnerbait. Remember how magical that length and power used to be? The Black Rose is that but for anglers who throw heavier baits and fish in more gnarly cover.

Lab Results for Evergreen International Orion OCSC-71H+ Black Rose

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Evergreen International Orion OCSC-71H+ Black Rose
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Stealthy, subdued trim rings

Price & Applications: The one true downside to the Black Rose? This is an expensive stick - almost Kaleido expensive. Orion replaces Heracles in the Evergreen hierarchy, but at 71,000 JPY the Black Rose inches very close to Kaleido (~79,000 JPY). Of course, if you're not in Japan, it may be very difficult to come by anyway - at least in person. Where there is a will, there is usually a source online for such exotic and desirable pieces of tackle.

Orion replaces Heracles in the Evergreen hierarchy

Application wise, the Black Rose is as versatile as they come : punching and flipping soft plastics, cranking swim jigs, walking frogs and big topwater baits, fishing wake baits, crank downs, glide baits, you name it. If it's within the rod's lure rating, the Black Rose can handle it and handle it well. Just make sure you have the right reel to match the application.

Personally, I give the Black Rose a five star rating


Evergreen International Orion OCSC-71H+ Black Rose Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Clean, stealthy build 10
Performance Light and agile with surprising power 9
Price JDM Evergreen is not for the faint of heart 5
Features Top end components, cross weave, reinforced blank (first third), exposed blank reel seat, rod sleeve 8
Design (Ergonomics) Good weight to balance ratio, stealthy color motif, split rear grip design 8
Application Suitable for vertical and big bait, horizontal presentations. Extremely versatile. 8

Total Score

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:


+ Really surprising power given how agile the stick feels in hand - Difficult and quite costly to source
+ Very good sensitivity  
+ As versatile as they come in a 7'-1" package  

Conclusion: For most people, a black rose forebodes death, mourning and anarchy, but what many may not know is that they are also used to symbolize new beginnings or a change in the status quo.

Evergreen International does it again with a familiar length and power

Evergreen International's Orion OCSC-71+ Black Rose changes my perspective on the JDM bass rod spec. Whenever I see that short, high lure rating spec, I'm a skeptic, yet the Black Rose proved to me it is one of those special JDM sticks with that "it" factor. It fishes longer than its length, is more versatile than a typical swimbait rod, and yet it's powerful, sensitive, and not a burden to fish all day long.

This rod is a great option for those who typically fish from shore, or on the back of their buddy's boat, but it's also a perfect choice for any angler seeking a heavy powered stick that can do it all. Evergreen International does it again with a familiar length and power and their Orion series Black Rose has earned this editor's Ultimate Enthusiast Award.









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