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WTF?!? : Evergreen International's Heracles Series Black Regius (continued)

Power: Speaking of power, if you noticed in the Black Regius’s deflection chart, this stick quickly transitions into power mode at about twelve ounces of pressure and is noticeably more powerful than its previously reviewed cousin. The Black Regius makes a better overall choice for bass fishing in that regard because you can use it in finesse situations, but also, because of its good power, you can use it in tight quarters in and around docks and still have the power to control the majority of your catches, provided your fishing line can hold up to the abuse as well.


Carbon trim rings are throughout the handle assembly.

Sensitivity: I’ve fished with a lot of different spinning rods this year and while the Black Regius did not overwhelm me with its sensitivity as did the Megabass Kirisame Limited, it certainly is amongst the top four or five sticks I’ve fished with so far this year in this department.


A look at the split rear grip.

The graphite weave in the Black Regius’s blank extends about a third of the way up from the butt up to the first guide, and though this pattern may not be quite as extensive as that in the Alley-Oop (where it extends up half the length of the rod), the Black Regius, I couldn’t really tell while actually fishing the stick. You have to remember, this rod is a full power higher than the Alley-Oop and about two steps above the Kirisame Limited, so there’s no way it can be expected to perform as well as these sticks in this category. In fact, for a “medium-light” stick, the Black Regius fishes more like a light powered rod in terms of sensitivity.


A nice, large butt end in case you want to make a two handed cast.

Design/Ergonomics: We touched on this a bit earlier describing how the casting rods in the Heracles series all sport foam grips, but the Black Regius is made with cork grips giving it a look that is very similar to the Kaleido series of rods. One very subtle difference is the fact the Black Regius’s blank has a coat of epoxy over its entire length giving it a kind of glossy finish where as the Kaleido series of rods are all matte or natural graphite. The same is true of the reel seats in each series.


Guides are by Fuji and feature titanium frames with SiC inserts.

Otherwise, the Black Regius also comes with the top end Fuji titanium framed guides with SiC inserts. Still no sign of the k-series, tangle free guides in Evergreen’s lineup, but it’s probably just a matter of time.


The Black Regius is a finesse stick that can handle close quarter power duties as well.

Availability: We’ve covered this in previous Evergreen International reviews. For now, there is still no official channel for US distribution, but Evergreen’s rods are easily sourced via online merchants specializing JDM fishing products. Of course, don’t expect any type of warranty on rods purchased in this manner. For most this is not an issue and an accepted risk in the search for the ultimate exotic fishing rod with which to fish. For others, the risk is too much to bear, know which group you fall within and all will be fine.

Ratings:

Evergreen International HCSS-64L Black Regius Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Just as clean as the Kaleido Series Alley-Oop 9
Performance Performance just shy of Kaleido 9
Price Thanks to the exchange rate, still a little tough 3
Features Top end guides, clean cork, proprietary blank... I'd prefer they stick with a matte finish instead of gloss 8
Design (Ergonomics) This stick handles very well 8
Application More than just a finesse stick. Use it with confidence around docks as well 10

Total Score

7.83
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Close to Kaleido series performance at two thirds to three quarters the price - Still have to source from overseas
+ Top end components  
+ A very versatile spinning stick  

  

Conclusion: Near as we can discern, the term “Black Regius” refers to royalty of some sort. Certainly Evergreen International, with their recent offerings in both their Kaleido and Heracles series have really set a high standard in what to expect from the world of JDM bass rods, but are they the kings? Some would argue yes, others no. What we do know is that Evergreen International, together with Megabass, make it impossible to avoid the temptation of what lies overseas and this is a good thing as they keep each other as well as any manufacturer seeking to enter the high end rod market honest. There are still plenty of other options in the JDM world of bass tackle but few have made as much noise as these two in recent years.

 


If you’ve wanted to sample the Evergreen International experience, but could not bring yourself to spend “Alley-Oop” type money, yet still wanted something high end and not stripped of that raw, exotic essence, the Black Regius is just what the doctor ordered.

 

As for the HCSS-64L standing here on its own, if you’ve wanted to sample the Evergreen International experience, but could not bring yourself to spend “Alley-Oop” type money, yet still wanted something high end and not stripped of that raw, exotic essence, the Black Regius is just what the doctor ordered. The entire line of Heracles sticks is just that - toned down, but not stripped of that JDM allure, yet still very high performing. Sound appealing? Then what are you waiting for?



 

 

 

 

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