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Creature Fever : Demon versus Valiant (continued)

Power: Here's where we get a little bit of separation in these two sticks. Both are extremely powerful and deliver more than enough hook setting power when you swing. Both offer ample backbone to help you control the fish after you set as well, but the Super Red Demon possesses that secondary taper common in many of the higher end Megabass rods where the rod actually softens up under heavy load which actually serves to increase your chances of landing your catch because it allows you to maintain pressure on the fish without putting too much strain on the point of contact and risk pulling the hooks out of the fish's mouth.

Power is the least of your worries when fishing either of these sticks.

This taper is reminiscent of the Diablo, White Python, Super Destruction, Bearing Down to name a few. I'll add that while I did not experience the same behavior in the blank of the Wild Stallion Valiant, nor did I have any trouble landing fish in a variety of techniques with this stick.

But the Super Red Demon possesses that special, dual taper that really helps increase your chances of landing your catch

Application: Given these rods' ratings, one would assume their utility would lie primarily in heavy cover or heavy bait presentation techniques and while this is true for the most part, the versatility in both these sticks cannot be emphasized enough.

This Clear Lake Dragon Fly chose the Super Stallion Valiant as its perch ...

I fished these sticks side by side tying on a variety of baits to compare how well these sticks cast those baits and how well I was able to work each bait with these exotic rods. My conclusion? There really isn't much you can't do with these sticks. From punching to topwater waking, walking, buzzing and popping, to jigs to senkos, to deep water cranking, to umbrella rigs, to spinnerbaits, to big baits, if you stay within each rods' recommended lure rating, it's a free for all.


Evergreen International TKLC-77XXHX Wild Stallion Valiant Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Among the best QC in the industry 10
Performance Surprisingly versatile 9
Price You have to REALLY want this stick 2
Features Top end components but also two piece construction for easy transport (handle separates from rod) 9
Design (Ergonomics) On the conservative side but still exquisite... some will not care for the ACS reel seat 8.5
Application Far more than just a typical XXH fishing rod... it's so versatile 10

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:


+ Relatively light and well balanced - Cost to acquire is prohibitive
+ Deceivingly powerful - No US distribution of rods - yet
+ Very sensitive  
+ Unobtrusive two-piece construction  



Megabass F10-76XBJ Super Red Demon Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Exquisitely crafted 10
Performance Surprisingly versatile coupled with the unique dual taper 9.5
Price Just a tad better than the Valiant but still painful 3
Features Top end components, one piece construction 9
Design (Ergonomics) Typical Megabass attention to detail and design... a standard, ECS style reel seat 9
Application From 1/2 oz jerkbaits to 10" swimbaits.. seriously? Seriously. 10

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:


+ Suprisingly sensitive - Might be less expensive than the Valiant but still quite prohibitive
+ Uncommonly powerful - Don't even tempt fate unless you're ready to commit
+ Lure rating is true to form with an incredibly wide range  
+ This rod has "it"  


Conclusion: How many of you out there actually remember the cinematic battle between Godzilla and King Kong? In the end, survival of Godzilla is left in question so victory was assumed to be King Kong's. But of course, there's no killing Godzilla. Similarly in our battle between the Super Red Demon and Wild Stallion Valiant, picking a clear winner is not so easy. Certainly the Super Red Demon holds a few key advantages not the least of which is a higher lure rating and availability, but the exclusivity of an Evergreen stick is part of the product's lore.

... but if forced to choose one, I'll give a slight nod to the Super Red Demon from Megabass - availability, warranty, and that dual taper action gives it the edge in our book.

Evergreen's Kaleido blanks are among the very best I've ever fished. The Wild Stallion Valiant caries on the tradition of these high performing blanks, but the Super Red Demon is right there with it. Throw in the Red Demon's dual taper, and that stick enters the "something special" category in performance. Do you prefer cork or eva foam in your grip? How about two-piece transportability? Do you really need a stick rated to eight ounces in lure weight? A three year, US warranty from the manufacturer is only available for one of these sticks if purchased from an authorized dealer, but the other is more likely to be unique among your immediate fishing buddies' collective arsenal... Evergreen International or Megabass? Which do you choose? In this instance, we give the nod to... Megabass. Both sticks win our Ultimate Enthusiast Award.

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