WTF?!? : Evergreen International's Heracles Series Black Regius
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.