The Search For One... Megabass's Chimera Evoluzion
Casting: Right away it's easy to tell the Chimera Evo is a much more significant stick than its medium powered sibling the Elseil. Casting is much more precise with and downright deadly when paired with a frog used to cast into tight quarters. Yup, that's right, I said frogs.
Yes, we even fished this stick with frogs to test casting accuracy.
At 6'9" this stick is a little shorter than I prefer for extended pitching duties but it handles this responsibility more than respectably especially when paired with a Daiwa Steez, but then again, the Steez can make just about any rod perform well as a pitching stick.
The algae bloom came early this year at Clear Lake.
Power: True to our deflection curve, the Chimera Evo is much more stout than a typical medium heavy stick during casting duties. But with it's slower taper, under the load of a fish, it softens up nicely very similar a previous Megabass favorite, the limited edition Diablo Slant Bridge.
Accuracy and distance.. the Chimera Evo excels. I spooled my Steez on a low trajectory, sidearm cast with this stick.
Normally not a huge fan of moderately tapered rods, what Megabass executes in actual feel while you're fishing can be described more as a progressive taper. The rod's behavior changes depending upon the actual amount of load on its tip. I hope this trend continues because what translates out onto the water is a rod with a nice, crisp tip while casting and presenting your bait, better than expected power during a hook set, and finally a soft, buttery response when battling your catch to the boat. These progressive taper blanks really help tilt landing ratios in our favor.
The exotic metal (titanium weave) on the XDti rods ends at the first guide.
Sensitivity: If there's one chink in the Chimera Evo's armor it's with
sensitivity. One would naturally expect a stick in this price point together with all the advances Megabass touts in their blank technology to be of superior sensitivity but that is simply not the case. We've mentioned before that it's difficult to notice any tangible benefit to the whole titanium DNA wrap that Megabass markets in their Evoluzion rods and the Chimera Evo cannot escape this continued skepticism.
And the guides, of course, are Fuji titanium framed SiCs.
That is not to say this rod fails all together in the area of sensitivity but much like the Daiwa Steez Compile X series of rods, while sensitivity is acceptable, I was simply expecting, or more like hoping for more because of the rod's price point.
Megabass makes use of the Fuji ACS reel seat for the Chimera Evo.
Design: Covered earlier, the Chimera Evo is one finely detailed stick. It benefits from the usual top line of components including titanium framed SiC guides by Fuji as well as the love it or hate it Fuji ACS reel seat - I happen to like it a lot. The fact that Yuki Ito custom designs and has manufactured, the actual components that are presented in the final assembly of each rod cannot be overlooked. His design sensibility is spot on and this is what gives each Megabass stick the edge.
Along with an integrated foregrip/locking - here's a look at the assembly of the rod beneath that faux-foregrip. An area of the rod that is rarely seen, yet not overlooked in design.
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