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Rod Review


Fenwick's Elite Tech Entry to Our Search For One... the ETB69MH-FC (continued)

Power: The ETB79MH-FC behaves predictably out on the water during a hookset and softens up nicely when you're battling your catch. There's a fine line between being too soft and being just soft enough to allow you to battle a fish and still control it to the boat. The ETB79MH-FC walks this line very well. If you're one of those anglers who likes to muscle your fish and get them to the boat as quickly as possible, the ETB79MH-FC might not be for you. Instead, I'd try a heavy powered rod from this lineup instead.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC against
our 2010, The Search for One baseline rods.

Checking out the ETB69MH-FC's RoD Deflection chart above, you can kind of see how it tracks the yellow curve of our MBR783C GLX2000 at first, and then about two thirds of the way down the chart, it softens up to track the MBR843C GLX's curve. It's nice when we can see how our impressions out on the water are validated by lab results.

Performance Ratings for Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
4
4
19
25
7.6

Features: As mentioned earlier, the rod's grip is made from a mixture of rubberized cork and EVA foam. There's a mixture of graphite and aluminum accent pieces in the grip and the rubberized cork us used in the middle of the reel seat contoured for the shape of your hand for a more comfortable grip. The guides are a generic brand featuring titanium frames with zirconia inserts.


Another look at the reel seat.

The rod has the same open ended hook keeper as the spinning series located just above the reel seat on the top side of the blank. There is no rod sleeve provided with the Elite Tech series of rods. The reel seat is something we normally take for granted, but given the unexpected compatibility issues we found with the seat, we're scoring less than satisfactory.

Features Ratings for Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
2
4
1
16
25
6.4


The trigger on this reel seat is at a comfortable angle.

Design/Ergonomics: The ETB69MHC-FC is a six foot, nine inch stick weighing 4.3 ounces overall. It's not heavy for its length and power, but it's not exactly light either. On the plus side, the build is very well balanced with a balancing torque of only 0.14ftlbs.

Lab Results for Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC
1.61
Fast
4.3
6.5
0.14
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19

The mixed material grip is comfortable to hold while the colors and graphics are very old school Fenwick, so if you're into nostalgia, you'll appreciate the aesthetic of Fenwick's Elite Tech rods.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
4
3
15
20
7.0


The ETB69MH-FC is a good, general purpose casting rod.

Application: The ETB69MH-FC is a good, general purpose casting rod with the ability to support a variety of applications. It's especially useful in tight quarters around docks and other low hanging obstructions where you need to make a subtle pitch or sidearm cast to get your lure to the spot where you want to begin your retrieve. It's also a great length for junior anglers to start getting the hang with casting gear.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
4
4
4
19
25
7.6


If you have a soft spot for nostalgia, this stick might suit you well.

Ratings:

Fenwick Elite Tech ETB69MH-FC Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A nice, solid build from Fenwick 8.42
Performance A really solid performing rod 7.6
Price A very good value 8.5
Features Standard list of features 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) If you have a soft spot for nostalgia, this stick has some of that flare 7.0
Application A nice all purpose casting rod especially in tight quarters 7.6

Total Score

7.59
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
+ A fun length to fish around docks and tight structure - Reel seat is not universally compatible
+ Good value  
+ Excellent pitching stick  

  

Conclusion: There was a time not long ago, when a 6'-9", medium heavy casting stick defined the all purpose category. Preferred lengths are now between seven feet (7'-0") and seven feet, four inches (7'-4") to even seven feet, six inches (7'-6"). Remember when a seven foot six inch stick was automatically a flipping stick? I for one, still enjoy the shorter length rods when I'm on a boat because they're easier to use in tight quarters around docks and up close to tule clumps and shorelines.

 


Fenwick's ETB69MH-FC is a nice little stick that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

 

Fenwick's ETB69MH-FC is a nice little stick that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and brings with it a little nostalgia derived from the company's name and the rod's aesthetics. It handles well, is built with reliable components, with a classic power and taper - nice job Fenwick!.

 

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