When fishing the ATS701M your
hands are grasping the actual rod blank that forms the handle
power and fast action Tradition has the right characteristics for drop shot
fishing. The power of the ATS701M is good and fish after fish we knew we had a
great drop shot rod in our hands. The seven foot rod will flex nicely when
fighting the fish to the boat but it’s not a rod you want to use by roughly
hauling a fish in after hooking up. If there was one thing we could improve,
we’d like to this rod with a slightly more powerful butt for even better
hooksets and fish handling abilities.
view of the
CAXIN Sc6 reel seat
Earlier we spoke of the rod being able to cast because of its action and
balance. Yes, this rod balances really nicely when paired with our Quantum
Catalyst PTi in size 10. And if you need more weight at the butt end, you can
insert weights into the weight-port just like other AiRRUS rods. With such
balance, you’ll be able to bounce drop shot weights all day with this 4.8 ounce
spinning rod. You might question the comfort level when gripping straight
graphite but we can tell you that it’s not much different than Hypalon or cork
on normal days. During the winter the graphite does feel colder just like our
Rogue with the woven graphite grip. When wet you won’t lose your grip. The one
inch graphite handle does well when your hands are wet and will not cause the
rod to slip out of your hands.
Check out the
glow this rod provides. The gold butt cap shown in this picture is actually the
We’ve fished the ATS701M Tradition for over six months now and durability issues
never came into our minds because this rod held up nicely. The guides are of
quality along with the reel seat. With the graphite handle you won’t have to
worry about dirt, grime or discoloration like you would with cork. A simple wipe
is all it takes to make the graphite handle look like new again.
The new design
sports a weight-port just like other AiRRUS rods
Though the Tradition ATS701M isn’t spelled out as a Drop Shot rod, it’s designed
perfectly for this technique. This spinning outfit can handle all drop shot
applications except the method used with heavier lines, hooks, and plastics.
Specified with a medium power and fast action, and coming in at a well balanced
seven feet, this rod can also double as a finesse worm stick.
is good for the drop shot technique but can double as a finesse stick for soft
I most enjoyed the unique style of this rod with it's all graphite construction.
The reel seat takes some getting used to but is an interesting feature and very
easy to use. The reel holds snug and secure without any of the awkward lock
rings and questions of "did I screw it down tight enough? Too tight? Am I going
to scratch my reel?" The rod loads easily and casts are accurate and crisp and
sensitivity is good though I was hoping for more given the rod's integrated grip
construction. The AiRRUS Tradition is certainly fun rod to handle!