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What's New Is Old School : Megabass of America's F7-76X Valdivia

 

Date: 5/12/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.25 - GREAT

Introduction:
Once considered Megabass's entry level of rods, Destroyer is now viewed upon with an entirely different perspective - at least in the North American Market. We can thank Levante and Orochi XX for that shift in perspective, but for me, "Megabass" still starts here. The company's latest series of Destroyer rods features tapers, powers, lengths, and designs catered towards the North American market. In September of 2018, the F5-75X Javelin took home Editor's Choice Award honors. Time to see if one of its siblings will fare just as well. Here's our look at Megabass of America's '17 Destroyer F7-76X Valdivia.

 

Megabass of America F7-76X Valdivia Specifications

Material Megabass Hybrid Graphite System
Length 7'-6"
Line Wt. 10-25lb
Lure Wt. 3/8-1 1/2oz
Pieces One
Guides 9+tip Fuji Ti/SiC
Rear Handle Length 10.75"
Power Rating Xtra Heavy
Taper Extra Fast
Rod Weight 5.3oz
Origin Final Assembly in Japan
MSRP $399.99


The Valdivia left me with an excellent first impression but I had to wait months before I could get my hands on one

Impressions: After our First Look at Megabass of America's 2017 Destroyer Lineup back in June of 2017, a few of the sticks intrigued me, naturally. But the impression one stick left with me really lingered. Unfortunately, the Valdivia was difficult to find for the first few months, so it took me a while to eventually land one and when I did, there were a host of other sticks on my deck I needed to fish first.

 


The Valdivia features a split rear grip with cork at both ends

 

Megabass of America's F7-76X Valdivia is a seven foot, six inch (7'-6") stick made from the same Hybrid Graphite System as the Javelin. The difference here being the Valdivia is a full two powers heavier in power by rating. Additionally, it comes with an extra-fast taper making it sound, on paper, like the ideal, old school flipping stick.


Ready for some action!

Real World Tests: I fished the Valdivia with a couple of different reels including Abu Garcia's Revo4 STX (spooled with 10lbĀ Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon) and Shimano's Casitas MGL (JDM model spooled with 50lb Sunline FX2 Braid).


The Ito Headlock system is simply a decorative locking mechanism as opposed to the standard plastic ring that comes from the component manufacturers

Casting: The primary reason I sought out this stick was the casting impression it left with me during that first on the water look at the entire series with Megabass of America. The Valdivia's extra-fast taper was engineered not with flipping in mind, but frogging. With that application as its primary purpose, that tip needs to have the ability to precisely place those addictive, hollow bodied baits in some very tight locations.


Not just a gap between the grips but an opportunity for detailing on each end and of course, logo placement

My patience paid off because that's exactly what the Valdivia can do, but I find it too long for a frogging stick. I go a little against the grain when looking for a frogging stick to place baits in tight spaces and prefer something in the 6'-9" - 7'-0" range.

With its length, the Valdivia is more of an open water frogging stick for me. However, the type of baits I do like to throw on a stick like this are buzzbaits and soft plastic toads.


Quality of the cork is good

The Valdivia's relatively short rear handle is long enough for two handed casts and it absolutely excels at launching baits both with distance and accuracy. Once your cast is made, the handle doesn't get in your way while walking or popping baits either, so there's minimal instance of jabbing yourself in the side. Lastly, with that soft tip, the Valdivia makes for a nice pitching stick and really is a nice option for traditional flipping and pitching of Texas rigged soft plastics in and around reeds, brush, and grass.


You can get a sense of the Valdivia's soft, castable tip in this shot

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