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A First Look at the Boldly Styled Upcoming Halo Rods Black Widow Bass Series (Continued)

 

The Black Widow's lower section continues the red spider theme with metallic cross carbon wrapping that showcases red highlights throughout the pattern, and also matches the reel locking fore-nut perfectly. The more I fished these rods the more the red and black styling, especially the grips, reminded me more of Carnage from Spider Man, versus the well known Spy/Avenger sharing the same name as the rod series. Either way, just another entertaining way to look at a rod that Halo seems to have purposely designed to be bold and unmistakable in appearance. 

 


The exposed reel seat allows anglers to get four finger access to the blank

 

The Black Widow's casting reel seat provides complete access to the blank so that when palming the reel I was able to comfortably get four of my fingers underneath the reel and in contact with the blank. I haven't seen the spinning reel yet but have been told that Fuji TSV seats were selected for use on the two spinning rods that will be launched in parallel with the other eight casting rods that makeup the rest of the series.

 

Halo Rods Black Widow Casting Models

ROD CODE

ACTION

POWER

LENGTH

LURE WT

LINE WT

HFBWS610MC

F

MEDIUM

610

1/8 1/2 oz

8 15 lb

HFBWS70MHC

F

MED. HEAVY

70″

1/4 3/4 oz

10 17 lb

HFBWS73MHC

F

MED. HEAVY

73″

1/4 3/4 oz

10 17 lb

HFBWS73HC

F

HEAVY

73″

1/4 3/4 oz

10 17 lb

HFBWS76MHC

F

HEAVY

76″

1/4 3/4 oz

10 17 lb

HFBWS76HC

F

HEAVY

76″

3/8 1 oz

12 20 lb

HFBWS711HC

F

HEAVY

711

3/8 1 oz

12 20 lb

HFBWS711XHC

F

XTRA HEAVY

711

1 oz 2 oz

20 65 lb

Halo Rods Black Widow Spinning Models

ROD CODE

ACTION

POWER

LENGTH

LURE WT

LINE WT

HFBWS70MS

F

MEDIUM

70″

up to 3/8 oz

6 10 lb

HFBWS70MHS

F

MEDIUM HEAVY

70

1/4 3/4 oz

10 17 lb

In advance of the show I've only been able to fish with the Black Widow rods for a few days I have found the rods to be light overall and have a pretty lively tip design. The tapers vary from Medium to Extra Heavy and rod lengths from 6'10" to 7'11" covering everything from finesse fishing with plastics to punching applications.


The rods have an oversized first guide design for line management. The guides are made of stainless steel and fitted with SIC inserts

 

In terms of hardware the rod is outfitted with stainless steel guides that are finished in a nickel-gunmetal color and outfitted with SIC inserts for use with the complete spectrum of mono, fluorocarbon, and braided lines. I did notice that when I was fishing with these rods they cast well and an oversized leading guide design helps with more fluid line management. 

 


I've already caught a few fish with the Halo Black Widow rods and am finding the rods both light and responsive. Is this is deadly option for $159 dollars? I'll resume tests when we get back from ICAST, but one thing for sure there is plenty of fun factor infused into these boldly styled rods

 

Since Halo introduced their first rods Halo has been known for delivering reasonably priced rods and even though the Black Widow features more premium components and definitely ups the ante from some of their existing lines they are still very aggressively priced at only $159.99 per rod. After we get through all the ICAST madness I'll pick the Halo Black Widow back up and put it through the complete gamut of tests but until then we wanted to provide a sneak peek at the new series. We look forward to checking out the entire Halo rod's Black Widow lineup next week. Next stop... Orlando, Florida.

 


 

 

 

   

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