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Revisiting Evergreen International's Temujin Crossfire Series of Rods : The TXFC-68MH Stallion
 

Date: 1/17/06
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Evergreen International
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.38

 

Introduction: In our 2006 SuperCast Shootout, a showdown between 4 exotic import rods, we introduced you to Evergreen International, arguably, Japan's #1 rod manufacturer in terms of popularity and volume of business. Evergreen's Temujin Crossfire TXFC-66MR, Steed, did not fare too well in the shootout, but only because the rod's action did not quite match our expectations, based on the manufacturer specifications. Today, we look at the Steed's big brother, the TXFC-68MH Stallion, a heavier action stick with a bit more versatility.


Evergreen TXFC-68MH Stallion Specifications

Material Graphite
Length 6'-8"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 9 inches
Line Wt. 10 - 30lb Test
Lure Wt. 5/16 - 1 oz
Pieces One
Guides 9 + Tip (Fuji Ti framed SiC Guides)
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.9 oz
Manufacturing Country Japan
MSRP 61,950 JPY (approximately $540 US)

 

Impressions: There were no real surprises with the Stallion's cosmetics. All of the Evergreen Temujin Crossfire series rods feature the same look and components. While the feeling of the Steed, in hand, was light and crisp, the Stallion is obviously a much more stout rod and on initial impressions, the manufacturer specifications for this stick seem right in line with US rods sharing similar ratings.

 

Introducing the Evergreen Temujin Crossfire TXFC-68MH, The Stallion.


Lab Tests: To verify my initial impressions of the Stallion's stout nature, I set it up on our RoD WRACK for our typical barrage of tests. As it turns out, the Stallion shares characteristics of two different G.Loomis sticks, the MBR783C GLX and MBR844C GLX.

 

Lab Results for Evergreen TXFC-68MH Stallion

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Rated Action
Spine
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Evergreen TXFC-68MH
1.61
Fast
Top
4.9 oz
8"
G.Loomis MBR783C GLX
1.76
Fast
Bottom
4.2 oz
7 3/4"
G.Loomis MBR844C GLX
1.47
Fast
Bottom
4.7 oz
10"

Rate of Deflection (RoD): What we found was that, between the load rantes of 2 to 12 ounces, the Stallion behaved somewhat similar to our previously tested G.Loomis MBR844C GLX. Above that range, from about 12 to 32 ounces, the Stallion shared deflection characteristics with the MBR783C GLX. So, while initial impressions of the Stallion's somewhat stout nature were valid, when really under a serious load, the rod has a bit more forgiveness than one might anticipate. The Stallion's tip progression was very similar to that of our MBR844C GLX, so it is probably best described as a fast action rod with a medium heavy, to heavy power curve.


Spine, Weight, and Balance Point: I found the spine of the Stallion to be on top, and it weighed in at 4.9 ounces with its balance point measuring about eight inches above the centerline of the reel seat. All very respectable numbers. The Stallion has a very good feel in hand.

 

The Stallion's tip under load
 

Though rated from 5/16 to 1 ounce, the Stallion can handle baits up to 2 ounces with little difficulty


Real World Test: I fished the Stallion from late Spring through Summer and into Fall with a variety of reels and baits. It turns out, this is quite a versatile stick.


Rigged and ready to go, our Evergreen Stallion matched with a modified Shimano Antares AR
 

Complete Field Test Set-Up for Evergreen TXFC-68MH Stallion

Reel(s)
Shimano Antares AR
Daiwa Ringa 103HL
Daiwa Alphas F
Line
12lb Yozuri Hybrid
20lb Sunline Shooter
12lb Sugoi FC


Pitching and Casting: From three-eighths ounce jigs, to half ounce spinnerbaits, to three-quarter ounce lipless cranks, to two ounce swimbaits, the Stallion can handle them all and handle them all very well. The variety of baits this rod can handle is quite astonishing. The tip of the Stallion, though seemingly very stout, loads very well and took little to no time for me to grow accustomed when casting - unlike the Steed reviewed earlier this year.

 

Another look at our test combo
 

Like other JDM sticks we've fished, Evergreen does not miss an opportunity for branding

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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