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Long Term Test: Dobyns Brings the Fury at a Great Price Point (continued)

My initial impressions of the rod were how similar the Fury looked to the Gen 3 Champion XP rods, not only in terms of the blank but the extra long handle design. Unlike the rest of the Fury lineup, which uses a combination of AA-grade cork and hypalon in a split grip, the two swimbait rods in the lineup feature full-handles made solely of high-density hypalon.

Lab Results for Dobyns Rods Fury FR795SB

Model

Avg RoD (2-32oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Dobyns FR795SB
1.21
Fast
7.6
7
0.29
Finesse SB Rod Avg
1.46
--
6.45
7.8
--
All Purpose SB Rod Avg
1.18
--
8.49
6.68
0.26
Heavy Hitters SB Rod Avg
084
--
8.03
11.63
0.53

I personally prefer the full-handle grip when fishing larger swimbaits, which I find is more comfortable both when launching baits, as well as during retrieves where I can tuck the rear handle between my arm and body for extra leverage.


Dobyns FR795SB: 13" Rear Handle : 9+tip SeaGuide Guides : Made in China : Fast Taper : Med Heavy Power : 1-5 oz: 15-30 lb

Many anglers believed that the blanks on the Fury rod and Champion 795 swimbait rods are identical, and while they did measure very similarly in our lab, the Fury blank is just a bit more stout in the upper section. Both rods are rated for swimbaits weighing anywhere from 1-5 ounces, and I found the taper on the Fury rod to be consistent with the "fast" rating.

Over time the Champion rods have lightened up with graphite and component changes. The first generation Champion 795ML weighed in at 8.5 ounces, the second weighed 7.1 ounces, and the current generation of Champion and Fury rods tip the scales at only 7.0 ounces. 


The extra long full-grip handle is comfortable to tuck when working subsurface swimbaits

Real World Tests: I thought about writing up this review about a year ago, but having reviewed two previous Champion rods with similar specifications decided to continue logging more time with the Fury to see how this rod would hold up over time. I've now fished the Fury rod with a wide variety of swimbaits and A-Rigs over the span of two years. I have paired the rod with a variety of reels and have used it with braided, fluorocarbon, and monofilament line targeting largemouth bass and stripers.


A traditional hook hanger can be found above the foregrip

Casting: When I first started slinging big baits the rods were a lot heavier, and more akin saltwater sticks than freshwater casting rods. For these broomsticks I typically turned to round reels like the Shimano Calcutta or Daiwa Luna for all my big bait work. As swimbait rods evolved so did their weight and balance points, and while I still like a round reel for fishing any swimbait 6oz. and up, I find that the capacity and drag on a standard low profile baitcaster is just fine for fishing swimbaits in the 2-3oz. class. A Daiwa Zillion or Shimano Curado class reel will balance out well with the Fury rod, and I found the lighter outfit makes for a more enjoyable fishing experience, especially when committing to swimbaits all day.


I found this rod excellent for baits between 2-3 ounces

This Fury rod is best suited for casting medium sized swimbaits, both hard and soft bodied, or medium to large A-Rigs. Lures that I found were right in the rod's wheelhouse included 6" Hudds, 7" Rago BV3Ds, JSJ Hitches, Jackall Gantarels, Bucca Bullshads, and Deps Slide Swimmer 175s.

Though rated up to 5oz. I found the sweet spot with this rod to be right around 2-3 ounces, and while you can certainly lob cast 6oz. baits with the Fury 795SB, it does start to feel like you are starting to tempt fate. 


The guides on the Fury are matte black and don't call attention to themselves

Retrieve: Once you have catapulted your desired swimbait it is time to tuck that rod and begin your retrieve. I remember the first time I saw one of the original 795SB rods and the rear 13" handle looked extremely long. These days an oversized rear handle is pretty much par for the course, and on the opposite end of the spectrum I now find swimbait rods that have handles which are 10" or less to be too short.


The guides are held in place with some extra Kevlar wrapping

This is a good "do-everything" swimbait rod in the lower range, but if your primary application is fishing wakebaits and topwaters, versus glide or S-swimming style baits, the long rear handle may get in your way. This is one of the major differences between the Fury and Champion XP Series rods. While the Fury swimbait rods only come with the long handle 795SB and 806SB models, the Champion XP gets a little more application specific with the DC-795SB or DC-795SBMT and DC-806HSB or DC-806HSB-LH, basically the same blank designs and guide placements in either short or long handle options.


A closer look at that giant handle

When comparing these configurations I found that the long handled versions are more multi-purpose oriented, and best suited for slower more traditional cast and crank swimbait fishing. Rods like the Fury 795SB are designed to feel a little more forgiving, which helps to cast big baits as well as keep fish pinned when they engulf mid sized lures, especially those armed with only a single top hook.

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