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Rod Review


CB Rod Wars Part 13: Taking care of business with the Falcon Rods T7 “Deep Runner” (continued)

The Lab Tests: We RoD WRACKed the Falcon Deep Runner and found it tested out exactly where we would expect it would. This rod is slightly more robust than the average rod of the same length and specification. It exhibited the proper action to handle deep diving cranks with a tip that won’t put too much strain on your wrist when retrieving assertively.

In the lab we were also able to take a closer look at the build quality of the rod and found the attention to detail impeccable. The epoxy and threading on the rod is very clean and the union between the cork and Fuji reel seat is seamless. We are finding that the attention to detail on many mass produced rods is decent but the occasional extra helping of epoxy or sloppy threading is becoming more and more common, and while this doesn’t affect performance in any major way it is a concern when you’re shelling out over two hundred dollars for a rod. We were pleased to see that Falcon bucks this trend with outstanding build quality the “made in the USA” custom rod builder is known for.

Crankbait Rod Wars - Product Specifications
(7 foot and longer rods compared)

Model
Length
Line
Lure
Guide: Frame/ Inserts
MSRP
Airrus WL701M
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-5/8
SS/Alc
$170
Daiko BRSC-70MG
7'-0"
10-20
1/4-3/4
Ti/SiC
44K JPY
Daiwa STZ701MRBA-FL
7'-0"
8-20
1/8-1
Ti/SiC
$450
Damiki C761M-CR
7'-6"
8-10
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$189
Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$229
Dobyns Rods 704CB
7'-0"
8-14
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$199
Dobyns Rods 705CB
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-1
SS/SiC
$229
E21 21CRG701M-M-C
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-5/8
SS/TiCH
$200
Evergreen TCSC-70MG Super Nova
7'-0"
10-20
1/4-1
Ti/SiC
42K JPY
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
7'-3"
10-20
3/8-3/4
SS/Alc
$200
G.Loomis CBR845
7'-0"
10-20
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$245
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
7'-1"
8-17
1/4-5/8
ReCoil
$385
Lamiglas XCC 724
7'-2"
12-25
1/4-3/4
SS/Alconite
$200
Phenix X-10 700
7'-0"
8-20
1/4-1
SS/Alc
$189
Powell 703CB
7'-0"
8-20
1/4-1
SS/Alc
$189
Quantum TKVD745M
7'-0"
12-25
3/8-1
SS/Hardloy
$150


Falcon makes it clear on the blank what this rod is designed for

Casting: When we talk about “parabolic” we are usually referring to the rod action while retrieving but when it comes to casting larger and heavier crankbaits a proper parabolic action can actually improve both casting feel and distance. When a tip is too light it can overly load or even break under the strain of casting heavier crankbaits. The Deep Runner gets it just right with a tip that can confidently handle 3/4oz. cranks and even the occasional 1oz. bait even though this is beyond the rod’s recommended specifications.

The Fuji ACS reel seat holds reels low to the rod

Next Section: More than just for bass, this rod turns Stripers


 

 

 

 

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