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Enthusiast Review

The Search For One... Heracles and The Nine Trials (continued)

4. Power: As demonstrated by its time on our RoD WRACK, the Blue Meister behaves much as one would expect from a "medium heavy" powered rod. The taper of this stick is in sync with what we'd expect from a "fast" tapered rod which is very refreshing given my past experience with the Crossfire series from Evergreen International. While no medium-heavy sticks have a true shut off point, the Blue Meister does very well to coax fish out of and away from moderate cover.

The Heracles rods feature a carbon weave similar to the Kaleido series but where this weave runs roughly 3/4's the length of the rod in the Kaleido series, the wrap stops right at the first guide in the Heracles line.

5. Sensitivity: Once again proof is in the pudding with the non-blank thru reel seat as the Blue Meister is a very sensitive rod. In fact, it's right up there with the Black Raven in terms of sensitivity with any differences being so marginal that I can't really perceive them. Fish this rod with any superline product on a tight line and it's just not fair to the fish.

The non-exposed blank reel seat on the Blue Meister does nothing to deter the rod's sensitivity.

6. Design/Ergonomics: The Blue Meister is a departure from most contemporary designs in that it features a full rear grip and foregrip. What's more, Evergreen makes use of foam for the handle instead of cork. The entire Heracles series features this very same, very conservative styling offset by the use of high end, titanium framed, SiC insert guides. Even the reel seats are of the non-exposed blank variety.

Another look at the old school reel seat on these rods. A feature that lends a great deal to their conservative look overall.

It is very conservative in appearance, yes, but once you place the rod into your hand, any concerns you may have regarding its appearance slowly begin to dissolve as its ergonomics are outstanding.

The Blue Meister makes a fantastic spinnerbait rod.

7. Application: At 6'7" in length, the Blue Meister fits comfortably within an "all purpose" length category most commonly identified with rods between six feet six inches to about seven feet three inches in length (6'6" - 7'3"). Naturally this all depends on your own preference, and with its true medium-heavy performance, this stick makes a wonderful spinnerbait and lipless crank rod together with a serviceable stick for soft plastics and jigs when casting or short pitch presentations are the delivery options of choice.

Conservative with a touch of elegance.

8. Availability: Not yet available in the States through an official distributor and given our conversations with Evergreen International at ICAST 2010, the best way in the foreseeable future to obtain one of these gems is through typical online JDM tackle vendors. Official distribution in North America is just not in the cards at least for the next year or two.

Traditional JDM-esque detailing with the reel locking mechanism disguised as the foregrip.

With the current exchange rate hovering around 85 JPY to the USD, the 55,000 JPY Blue Meister is roughly a $650 rod. This is before shipping and before any points are given up during currency exchange. Realistically you're talking more like $670 for the rod and another $100 to get it shipped over to North America. Think that's pricey? Consider this is not Evergreen's top end offering either. Rather, this is a tuned version of their median lineup - sort of like buying a custom built G.Loomis IMX back when the G.Loomis blanks were available. Any dedicated Enthusiast would have just glanced over that last paragraph, but I thought we should take a moment to put things in perspective.

How about a $650 mid-range rod?

9. Warranty: Given the obstacles for distribution, any Evergreen International stick purchased from overseas and shipped to our shores will not have official warranty coverage. Any agreements made with your vendor of choice are between you and that vendor and not officially supported by manufacturer. European readers, especially those in Italy, will have an easier time since Evergreen International officially supports their product in these markets.


Evergreen International Blue Meister Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Not a drop of epoxy out of place 9
Performance Surprisingly precise 8.5
Price With the current exchange rate, hard to justify 3
Features Top end components 8
Design (Ergonomics) Conservative but elegant 7.5
Application A really excellent performing all purpose stick 9

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:


+ Well balanced - Despite efforts by the manufacturer, not available domestically with warranty.
+ Really crisp action - Prohibitively expensive for a middle series lineup rod.
+ Top end components  


If performance is your primary concern, you will have no worries with the Blue Meister or, from what we can gather, any stick in the Heracles line.


Conclusion: The Blue Meister is a great stick, but back when the exchange rate was actually in our favor, you might have been able to get this stick for $550 shipped instead of $750. That's what a 35 point drop in exchange rate will do to you. Conservative styling aside, in our Search For One campaign, this stick ranks right up there with the best performing rods we've fished this year. If Evergreen can somehow figure out how to officially land in North America and deliver product at a reasonable cost, they would make some serious noise with the Kaleido and Heracles series. For now, based on performance alone, the Blue Meister survived the TT Trials, but given the everlasting tease of US availability together with styling that is just a bit too conservative, Evergreen's Heracles line falls short of God-like status.









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