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Rod Review


The Search For One... Lamiglas Certified Pro

 

Date: 9/21/10
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: Lamiglas
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.33 - GOOD

Introduction:
Lamiglas, one of the few remaining manufacturers that still offer both built rods and rod blanks to the consumer, is a company that has walked the fine line of being relatively conservative while still offering enough new product to keep anglers interested. Witness the contemporary stylings of their value driven Excel and more progressive XMG lines and of course, let us not forget the bright yellow stylings of the former Skeet Reese signature series rods. Still, for years the bread and butter bass rods for Lamiglas has been their coveted Certified Pro sticks – a series of rods with traditional stylings together with Fuji components. The most popular stick in this lineup? Arguably their entry to our 2010 Search For One… introducing our review of the Lamiglas Certified Pro XFT764.

 

Lamiglas Certified Pro XFT764 Specifications

Material Lamiglas IM700 Pro Graphite
Length 7'6"
Line Wt. 10 - 20lb
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 1oz.
Pieces 1 (telescopic blank)
Guides 11 Guides + Tip Top Fuji Alconite
Power Rating (Manufacturer's) Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5.7 oz
MSRP $229.99

 

Impressions: The XFT764 comes in a very old school, telescopic blank. I found this surprising given the propensity of one piece bass sticks in the market today up to eight feet in length. This rod also features a full rear grip and foregrip of cork, a Fuji ECS reel seat, and Fuji stainless steel framed Alconite guides. Oddly enough, missing on this rod is a hook keeper. This is a very traditional, no nonsense, non-flashy stick with one very appealing characteristic – a lively tip.

 


Introducing the Lamiglas Certified Pro XFT764.

 

Lab Tests: Naturally, first stop for our XFT764 was the lab where we introduced it to our RoD WRACK and collected data points on the rod’s deflection characteristics enroute to charting it against our 2010 TSFO baseline. Interestingly enough, while the XFT764’s ratings are roughly a full power higher than that of our TSFO baseline stick, the MBR783C GLX2000, their deflection curves are very similar. In fact, the XFT764 deflects even more than the GLX2000 at loads approaching twenty ounces and more. A lot of this probably has to do with to the fact the XFT764 is a full foot longer than the GLX2000 providing more length for the rod to bend through while under load.

 

Lab Results for Lamiglas Certified Pro XFT764

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Lamiglas Certified Pro XFT764
1.67
Fast
5.7
12.5
0.42
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19

Also as expected, because the XFT764 is a full foot longer than the MBR783C GLX2000, it did not fare too well in comparisons of weight, balance point, and balancing torque. In fact, the XFT764 did not fare well in any of these categories against the overall average of all 26 rods in our Search for One campaign either.


Fig 1: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of Lamiglas's XFT764 as compared to that of our 2010 TSFO baseline rod, an MBR783C GLX2000. Note that the two rods behave very similarly until about 20 ounces of load is applied at which point the XFT764 (yellow) deflects just a tad more than the GLX2000 (blue).

Field Tests: For a rod with such a classic feel, I felt the XFT764 deserved to be paired with a classic reel so I pulled out an old school Daiwa TDZ 100ML, spooled it with fifty five pound Daiwa Samurai Braid, and mounted it on the rod. This made for a very nice combo indeed.


A classic rod deserves a classic reel, Daiwa's TDZ100ML paired with our XFT764.

Casting/Pitching: One of the primary reasons I selected the TDZ100ML to mount on this stick is the great pitching ability all the TDZ reels demonstrate. I wanted a reel like this to test the full capability of the XFT764’s limber tip and I was not disappointed. With baits up to roughly five eighths (5/8ths) of an ounce, the XFT764 pitches flawlessly. As you approach three quarters (3/4) of an ounce and more on towards the rod’s full one ounce lure rating, the tip tends to feel a bit overloaded for low speed pitching presentations.


While the XFT764 is a good casting rod, it really shines in pitching situations.

In casting mode however, the XFT764 is fully capable throughout its rated range and beyond. Stated on the rod’s list of suggested applications is “swimbaits”, so I took it to the extreme tying on a six inch Triton Mike Bull Shad (rated at 1.75 ounces) and successfully executed a series of easy-loading roll casts. Certainly not something I’d recommend for long term use on this stick, but it can handle these duties comfortably in a pinch.


Lamiglas rates this stick as "heavy" powered, but it compares very favorably to our baseline TSFO stick.

I’m sure the type of swimbaits Lamiglas is referring to are the hollow bodied variety and in these duties, the XFT764 would certainly be fine, but one bait in particular I really enjoyed throwing on this stick were spinnerbaits. The XFT764 has a really short handle (only 8.5”) which makes it great for moving bait presentations, but when working a bait slow, I prefer a bit longer handle to brace against my forearm for leverage.


Don't try this at home, but the XFT764 can handle "real" swimbaits in a pinch too.

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