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The Search for One: The 13 Fishing Archangel is the Very Definition of a Halo Product

 

Date: 9/8/16
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: 13 Fishing
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 8.47 - ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST AWARD!

Introduction: With a name like “Archangel” it was pretty clear where 13 Fishing intended to position this rod series. The Archangel rods were introduced two seasons ago as the flagship rod line of the fast growing tackle company, and one of the first rods to implement the Fuji Torzite guides. Designed from the ground up this rod is built in Japan and is built with what the company describes as the best components, materials, and craftsmanship that the world has to offer, all at a cost of course as these rods retail between $649-$699 dollars each! With premium materials and a price to match we delved deep into this rod series, and after fishing the Archangel for a full season and a half we are finally ready to dole out our verdict.
 

13 Fishing Archangel AAC72MH Specifications

Material Carbon Nano Tube MR70 Zonal Action Technology
Length 7'2"
Line Wt. 8-16lb
Lure Wt. 3/16 - 5/8 oz
Pieces one
Guides 9+tip Fuji SiC
Rear Handle Length 9.5" inches
Power Rating Medium-Heavy
Taper Extra Fast
Rod Weight 4.9oz
Origin Made in Japan
MSRP $675


Top of the line when it comes to 13 Fishing rods, meet the Archangel

Quality/Construction: The Archangel rod was clearly designed by obsessed bass enthusiasts. This is a rod that is overbuilt in just about every way conceivable. I imagine the team at 13 fishing sitting around a conference room table saying we can create a rod series with all “these” components, it is going to cost a lot, and were not sure how many anglers are going to buy it, and yet the project was green lighted because the company believes that there is a big enough enthusiast market to support such an exciting yet risky venture. Visually the Archangel rods certainly look the part and are clean and elegant, and the use of metal components in the grip and butt give the rod a very high end appearance.


The Archangel pairs beautifully with the company's Concept reels

The thread wraps around the guides are all red which are nice highlights from the black blank and painted grey reel seat. The epoxy and threadwork on the rods is exceptional, with a smooth transition and excellent alignment. One of the things that makes this rod unique in the 13 Fishing lineup is that it is built in Japan, which is more expensive, but where quality control and craftsmanship are key priorities.

Quality Ratings for 13 Fishing Archangel AAC72MH

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
4
5
2
2
18
19
9.47


The rods cast beautifully and can handle everything from light plastics to hardbaits

Performance: A premium rod deserves an equally premium reel and the Archangel looks like it was designed with the entire Concept Series in mind. In our tests I primarily paired it up with lightweight magnesium based Concept KP (which unfortunately is going away), but the rod balances out well with most of the Concept Series reels. The Concept reels sit very low profile on the Archangel’s painted Fuji reel seat, providing a comfortable platform in which to cast with and palm during retrieves. One of the first things I noticed as we began our tests was just how crisp and responsive the Archangel rod felt when casting lures of just about any type in the stick’s rated lure weight spectrum of 3/16-5/8 oz.


The Concept KP sits nice and low on the Fuji real seat

Casting: I’ll just come out and say it, the Archangel casts exquisitely. It loads extremely well and the light yet crisp tip allows anglers to make pinpoint casts with baits within its rated range, and I even had no issues going higher than the 5/8oz as well, casting baits up to 3/4oz. without feeling like the tip was even stressed. The rod loads nicely can overhand cast confidently or simply roll cast to the side, whipping lightweight lures with precision. As always, sheer casting distance depends on many factors, but suffice to say I never felt like I was short on distance or accuracy with this extremely crisp feeling rod.


A flick of the wrist and the crisp tip zone does all the work

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