CB Rod Wars Part #4 : Evergreen International's Super Nova
Power: Though the Super Nova tested out as one of our lighter powered cranking sticks on our RoD WRACK, out on the water, it felt very much more of an all purpose cranker. We've seen this effect before with glass sticks testing out the same as a graphite stick on our WRACK, but in reality being at least a full step up in power. It's just a difference in how the materials handle stress under load.
The Super Nova rigged and ready go to with the DD22.
So the point here is don't be mislead by the SuperNova's behavior on our RoD WRACK. Though not as powerful as some other glass sticks we've fished, it's still more than just a shallow cranking stick.
The Super Nova is conservatively detailed.
Features: Typical of the higher end JDM rods, the Evergreen International's Super Nova comes equipped with Fuji Ti/SiC guides along with a non-exposed blank reel seat and full rear foam grips and a foregrip that serves double duty as the locking mechanism for the reel seat.
A spotted bass caught on the Super Nova.
Given the rod is so flexible through the top half, I'm a little disappointed this stick isn't spiral wrapped like the Balista or Megabass Shiryu. That little attention to detail would really make this stick stand out from the pack. Instead the Super Nova gets by with rather conservative details and construction.
The handsome badge at the bottom of the Super Nova.
Application: As mentioned earlier, don't let the lithe tip of this stick fool you. It has more power than one would consider after first impressions and is a really nice multi-purpose moving baits rod. The only adjustment one needs to make is in casting style as the tip loads almost too easily on the back cast.
A Clear Lake crappie came out to play with the Super Nova.
Warranty: You should know the drill by now. Evergreen International is not yet distributed on North American shores though they told us directly at ICAST 2008, they were in the process of making that journey overseas. Until that time, there is no official support of product outside of Japan so technically, there is no warranty on their rods if you're purchasing the rods for use outside of their intended market in Japan. How can someone take such a risk with a plus $450 rod? We "enthusiasts" do it all the time.
One last look at our Super Nova and TDZ Type R+ Combo.
Availability: The Super Nova sits in Evergreen International's Tactics line of sticks and is readily available through any source that sells Evergreen International product. Our stick came to us courtesy of Pro Shop Otsuka and we'd like to thank them for making this review possible.
Evergreen International TCSC-70MG Super Nova Ratings (?/10)
||Very well constructed rod, the broken tip in our test was a result of an unfortunate meeting of the bait with the tip during a cast
JDM always comes at a steep price
||Top end components but no spiral wrap on such a soft stick.
||Very conservative for a JDM
||A very good all purpose cranker
|Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)
Pluses and Minuses:
|J A surprisingly versatile stick
||L Costly to acquire especially when factoring shipping into the equation
|J Solid components
||L No warranty outside of Japan - for now
|J Even though it's a JDM product, this stick is readily available
||L Tip might be a little too soft for casting baits above half an ounce
Conclusion: I wasn't too thrilled with the Evergreen International Super Nova when it first arrived. I prefer to sample the higher end JDM sticks and my taste leans towards those rods that have more visual appeal to them. But as always I approach the task of reviewing a product with as open a mind as possible because that's the only way to really evaluate a product.
The Super Nova is an outstanding cranking stick.
I'm glad I did. The Super Nova is one very fine cranking stick that can throw a very broad range of baits. It will support and support well, everything from shallow crankers like the Luhr Jensen eighth ounce sized SpeedTrap to a deep diving Bill Norman DD22 - just be careful casting the heavier baits around that nimble tip - but it handles them in the water just fine. Once you hook into a fish, the rod behaves as any other glass rod does and turns to butter, yet you still have enough power in the rod to subdue your catch. It is a truly outstanding cranking stick and I can understand why it is so highly regarded.