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Ready to Take Your Fishing to the Edge? (continued)

Flipping Rods: There are two flipping rods in Edge's first bass series. Both are seven foot, eight inch (7'-8") sticks and both are built on fast tapered IM blanks with graphite handles, and a triggerless reel seat. The guides on these rods are spiral wound so as to eliminate any twisting forces on the blank leading to less fatigue in your wrist when flipping and punching all day long. Retail on Edge Rod's Flipping series is $430 - $433.


Are you ready for a triggerless casting rod?

 


Edge Rods is using open ended hook keepers like this popularized by one of their clients, Kistler Custom Rods.

SwimBait Rods: The two swimbait rods in Edge's bass series are built from their IM blanks and are designed with moderate-fast tapers. They are both eight feet (8'-0") in length but have slightly different handle setups. The 806-1 features a reel seat and grip with the same design as the flipping rods and heavy powered cranking stick - grey graphite grip with a triggerless reel seat.


The SwimBait 807-1 features this rather unique reel seat.

The 807-1 on the other hand, features a flashier graphite grip with a sort of titanium color to it. The reel seat on this rod is a Fuji seat more commonly seen on JDM style surf rods. It's akin to a boot binding on a pair of snow skis. This stick is beefy, rated up to eight ounces in lure weight, so it appears, in order to present the lowest profile reel seat available for a rod with this large of a blank, Edge Rods turned to saltwater components. Retail on the 806-1 and 807-1 Swimbait rods is $445 and $450 respectively.


It looks more like a ski binding than a reel seat.

Finesse: Last on the list for Edge's initial offering of bass rod are the finesse sticks. They are offering two models, both built on the same HM graphite blank, but offered in either spinning or casting configuration. We had on hand the spinning version only. It features black nickel REC guides, and a graphite handle. This rod is extremely well balanced - a kind of rarity on a production built spinning rod. Retail on both the spinning and casting finesse rods is $450.


Edge Rod's finesse stick, the DSR6100 will be offered in both spinning (pictured) and casting configurations.

Warranty: With his former company, G.Loomis, Gary Loomis set a replacement policy precedent nobody could match or follow long term - not even the eventual owners of his company. That is the no-fault, no questions replacement on broken rods. As replacement policies give way to more standard and sustainable manufacturer warranties against defects in workmanship, design & components, many consumers were waiting in the wings to see what Gary Loomis would do with his new rod company.


Edge Rods is featuring the black nickel finished REC guides on their spinning sticks.

The answer is Edge Rods, by North Form Composites, offers a 3 year warranty against manufacturer's defects and this warranty is only applicable to the original owner of each rod. As defined by Edge Rods, "defects" include situations where a guide comes loose, a ring pops out, the tip top comes off, a handle brakes, a reel seat breaks or a blank breaks - on the first couple of outings.

Edge Rods Bass Series Lab Results

Model
Avg RoD*
Weight
Balance Point
Balancing Torque
MagBass 705-1
2.13
5
4.5
0.11
CrankBait 704-1
2.68
5.3
4
0.11
CrankBait 705-1
2.06
4.9
4
0.11
CrankBait 806-1
1.58
7.6
4.5
0.17
Flip 786-1
1.72
6.2
7.5
0.25
Flip 787-1
1.58
6.3
8.5
0.29
Swimbait 807-1
1.15
7.6
7.25
0.29
Swimbait 808-1
1.02
8.9
5
0.25
DSR6100 Spin
3.75
4.1
3
0.04
* Load Range varies depending on mftr specified power : med hvy and below = 2-32 oz : heavy and above = 2-48 oz)

 

Conclusion: We have all but one of Edge Rod's Bass series of sticks at TT HQ and plan to fish all of them over the course of the next year and bring you the results of our on the water evaluations. In case you can't wait for the finished reviews, for now we present some of our initial data gathering efforts on the lineup in the table above so you can have an idea of what's being offered.It's obvious to us in our initial evaluation of Edge Rod's finished lineup that these sticks won't be for everyone. There are several challenges most consumers will have trouble understanding namely the spiral wound guides, rod weights, triggerless real seats, graphite grips, and of course, each rod's price tag. Those who take the time to consider each point and approach the design decisions with an open mind to sample a rod will likely be handsomely rewarded. Those who cannot and are simply not accustomed to living their fishing lives on the edge.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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