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Is Fenwick's New Flagship Really World Class? (continued)

Features: Fenwick's World Class series of rods make use of the latest reel seats Fuji has to offer. The new TVS spinning reel seat is among my favorites. Thanks to the cutouts exposing the blank on either side of the rod, the seat has a very minimalist feel while still serving as a full reel seat (as opposed to split). The guides are stainless steel framed Alconites and there is an open ended hook keeper just above the reel seat that serves its purpose without getting in the way. The WC610ML-XFS does not come with a rod sleeve.

Features Ratings for WC610ML-XFS

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
4
5
4
1
17
25
6.8


Fenwick uses a good grade of cork in the rod's grip.

Design/Ergonomics: Not only is the reel seat on the WC610ML-XFS comfortable to fish, but the rod overall is very well balanced. Our lab measurements reinforce that impression on this stick showing a balance point of five and a half inches (5.5") above the reel seat and a balancing torque number of 0.11 - both well below our two WTF baseline rods. It's quite rare for a spinning rod to do so well with those two numbers.


This TVS reel seat by Fuji is a new favorite of mine.

Lab Results for WC610ML-XFS

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
WC610ML-XFS
3.23
Xtra-Fast
4.2
5.5
0.11
DSR820S GLX
3.02
Fast
3.9
8
0.15
SMR822-SP GLX
2.75
Fast
3.7
7.5
0.15


Thread wraps on this stick are colorful without being overbearing.

Otherwise, aesthetically, Fenwick does a nice job on this rod. The guide wraps are an attractive blue/green color with bright green highlights. There are attractive winding checks at all exposed ends of cork meeting the rod's blank and the subtle carbon weave pattern at the rod's base is a nice little aesthetic touch. The only point of criticism here is the rod series logo itself. "World Class" is quite prominent on the blank.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for WC610ML-XFS

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
5
3
16
20
8.0


One more look at the attractive winding checks detailing the end of each cork element in the rod's grip.

Application: As mentioned earlier, the WC610ML-XFS is a medium light powered stick and that usually relegates a spinning rod to mostly finesse applications, but as long as you stick within the rod's recommended lure range, I wouldn't hesitate to use this sick in other applications. Smaller jerkbaits and cranks as well as topwater action are all within this stick's wheelhouse.


Capping off the grip design is the butt end made from cork and a cork composite.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for WC610ML-XFS

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
4
4
4
20
25
8.0


Fenwick's new flagship rod series, World Class.

Ratings:

WC610ML-XFS Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nicely crafted stick 8.9
Performance Good power, average sensitivity 7.6
Price Getting a bit up there 6.5
Features Relatively standard array of features - the reel seat is a favorite 6.8
Design (Ergonomics) Really well balanced for any rod let alone a spinning stick 8.0
Application A really well rounded spinning rod 8.0

Total Score

7.6
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
+ Really comfortable stick to fish - Could be more sensitive
+ Nice refinement from Fenwick - On the pricey side
+ 3M Powerlux Resin system  

  


This was a fun and very comfortable rod to fish.

 

Conclusion: I have mixed feelings about this stick overall. On the one hand, I'm really excited to see Fenwick returning to the higher end rod market. They were once the "it" brand and to see them relegated to the sidelines as other manufacturers emerge and take over the marketplace is disappointing. If the WC610ML-XFS is any indication, their World Class series of rods is a step in the right direction with name brand components and 3M's high end resin material. Where my expectations were not met, considering the name and price point of this rod series, was in the area of sensitivity. If Fenwick can ratchet that up just a degree or two, then this stick will truly be worthy of its name.

 

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