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Cranking It Up With Denali's Russ Lane Cranking Stick (continued)

I also happened to fish Nishine's Chippawa RB Crankbait with this combo and naturally, the AC722RL handled this half ounce crank just fine. This is a full graphite cranking rod, so casting is very predictable. It just takes a couple of casts to familiarize yourself with the rod's slower taper. Glass and glass/graphite composite sticks can take a even longer to tune into, but there is very little adjustment period with the AC722RL. In fact, once you do find that sweet release point, this stick is super fun to whip baits around.

Right on cue, Lane hooks one out in a shallow grass bed

Sensitivity: Thanks to the fact this stick is made from graphite - and a good grade of graphite at that - there's really good feel through the rod so you can feel your cranks vibrating, wobbling, bouncing around. Once that feedback stops, you know it's time to swing whether you feel the pull or not because the fish could be swimming straight at you, and once you do swing, the AC722RL has good power and presents you with plenty of leverage to guide your catch into the net.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Denali Rods Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking against the cranking rod averages separated by power over the past decade

Power: Denali's AC722RL cranking stick is consistent with what I'd classify as a medium power rod. You can fish baits through grass and have enough leverage to battle your catch and get them out of there, but I wouldn't use it to wrestle fish out of heavy cover. Of course, it's an excellent choice for more open water or rocky environments too.

Checking out the rod's tip and taper

Design & Ergonomics: The AC722RL tipped our scales at four point two ounces (4.2oz). This was right in line with what I expected given it's minimal build. Of course, what goes along with the minimal build rods is a little tip heaviness. This stick's balance point was eight and a half inches above the mid-line of that split reel seat. Really, about average for a stick like this.

Grip material by Winn of course

The Winn grips are a solid choice in rod handle material and have proven their utility over the last several years. I like the tacky feel of the grips and the fact you don't have to worry about them getting dirty. They're easy to rinse or even wash off and seem hold up well over time.

Lab Results for Denali Rods Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Denali Rods Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking
Shallow Crank Avg
All Purpose Crank Avg
Deep Crank Avg

A look at one of the rod's guides

Price & Applications: The Denali Attax AC722RL retails for $120. It's an excellent choice for shallow to medium running crankbaits as well as jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, vibrating jigs, anything you just want to tie on, toss out, and crank up.

The Denali Attax AC722RL is an excellent choice for shallow to medium running crankbaits


Denali Rods Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Relatively clean build 8.5
Performance Fun stick to cast 8
Price Very good value 8
Features Pretty basic features with the only thing standing out being the Winn grips 7
Design (Ergonomics) A nice, springy feel in hand with very comfortable grips 7.5
Application A good choice in skinny or medium depth water with minimal to weedy cover 8

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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Fun to cast - A little tip heavy
+ Comfortable grip material  
+ Good sensitivity for a cranking stick  

This Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking stick from Denali could very well make me forget about my love for glass cranking rods

Conclusion: Normally, when I'm on the lookout for a moving bait stick for personal use, I lean towards glass rods. I just like that buttery soft feel when a fish strikes and the hidden power of glass rods. However, the feel some graphite cranking sticks give you is difficult to overlook. This Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranknig stick from Denali is one of those sticks. It has a really nice feel to it overall and can really whip baits wherever you want them to go. After a while, it feels more like you're wielding a sword than casting with a cranking stick. To top it all off, it has one aspect most anglers in search of a moving bait stick agree upon - it's affordable at only $120!


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