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A Spinning Rod with Multiple Personalities : Denali's Lithium L883MS Multi-Spin

 

Date: 9/11/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Denali Rods
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.50 - GOOD

Introduction:
We were fortunate enough to spend some time out on the water recently with Major League Fishing Pro and Denali Rods staffer Jeff Kriet. Anyone who's had a similar opportunity knows there's no shortage of stories, sarcasm, and interesting anecdotes when Kriet is around. But as good natured and easy to talk to as he may be, Kriet also takes fishing and more importantly, his tackle very seriously. Realizing this, I took the opportunity to ask him if he has a favorite in Denali's lineup. Without hesitation he chose to highlight a stick he feels doesn't get enough attention and that stick is the subject of today's review. Here's our look at Denali Rods's Lithium Series L883MS Multi Spin.

 


Jeff Kriet introduces us to one of his favorite sticks in Denali's lineup, the L883MS Multi-Spin.

 

Denali Rods Lithium L883MS Multi Spin Specifications

Material Denali Interloc IM8+ Graphite
Length 7'-4"
Line Wt. 10-20lb
Lure Wt. 5/16-3/4oz
Pieces One
Guides 13+Tip (SS Semi-Micro Duroloc Guides)
Rear Handle Length 10
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Mod-Fast
Rod Weight 5.7oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $199.99


The Multi-Spin is part of Denali's Lithium series

Impressions: Denali's Lithium Multi Spin is a 7'-4" stick made from IM8+ graphite. It's spec's, compared to those found on the manufacturer's website are a bit different, but rest assured those listed in the table above are straight off the fishing rod (The website also lists this rod as the Misc Spin, not Multi-Spin) This was no easy task mind you as that woven silver texture Denali uses on their Lithium series sticks makes it really difficult to read the rod's label.

 


The stick comes with an attractive and secure reel seat

 

Otherwise, it features a split rear grip made from a mix of cork and EVA foam. The butt end is all foam while the handle portion is mostly cork but capped with the foam. Denali caps the exposed blank reel seat with a small piece of wood harkening back to the company's early days when wooden foregrips were a signature feature of their rods.


Never forgetting the company's roots, the small wooden cap on top of the reel seat is a reminder

Real World Tests: For the Multi-Spin's on the water tests, I matched it up with my previous generation Daiwa Ballistic EX 2500H spooled with 8lb Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon fishing line.


Kriet uses this stick for a variety of techniques just as its name suggests

Casting: Spinning rod awkwardness aside, the L883MS's lure rating is a straight up all purpose, medium heavy spec. With that in mind, I started it off by throwing Megabass of America's new Vision OneTen +2. This bait is rated at half an ounce (1/2oz) and it felt right at home being slung around o the L883MS. I had a little difficulty working the rip-bait with a spinning rod, but that was certainly no fault of the rod's.


A look at the rod's guides

As a test of the rod's versatility, I later tied on a Catch Outdoors Zero Gravity Underspin and tipped it with a 3.75" Strike King Rage Swimmer. I'm not sure the total lure weight of this bait combo, but it had to be closer to one full ounce. Surprisingly, the L883MS handled that bait combo just fine too and I actually began to prefer this stick for baits like this. Of course, the simple chuck and wind nature of those baits versus the awkwardness of working a rip-bait on spinning gear probably had a lot to do with it.


Drop shotting is one of those techniques

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