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The Search for One : Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M

 

Date: 11/11/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Lew's
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.92 - GOOD

Introduction:
If there's one way to capture the collective attention of all of us here at TackleTour, it's to debut a new rod or reel at the top of your product offering. It doesn't have to be something that costs an exorbitant amount of money, we just like to see what the best any particular manufacturer can offer at whatever time they choose to introduce it. Lew's stepped up to the plate recently with a new, top end series of rods for their bass market and we managed to get our hands on one. Here's our take on the Team Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M casting rod.

 

Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M Casting Rod Specifications

Material Multi Layer LFS-X5 Graphite
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 10-20lb
Lure Wt. 1/8-1/2oz
Pieces One
Guides 9+tip Zirconium Inserts/Ti Frames
Rear Handle Length 10.5"
Power Rating Medium
Taper Mod-Fast
Rod Weight 4.4oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $249.99


Introducing the Team Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M

Impressions: The Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M is a seven foot, zero inch (7'-0") casting rod made from the company's proprietary multi-layered LFS-X5 Graphite with some kind of titanium nano technology. It features a split rear grip made of Winn grip material and is adorned with titanium framed guides finished with Zirconium inserts. It is rated with a moderate-fast taper and feels very much like a proto-typical medium powered bass rod in hand.

 


This stick is made from the company's proprietary multi-layered LFS-X5 Graphite with some kind of titanium nano technology

Real World Tests: I paired my Pro-Ti stick with a Daiwa Japan Millionaire CT SV70 casting reel spooled with 8lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon fishing line. My strategy to test this stick was to both cast and pitch some soft plastic baits and given its taper also see how it handled some smaller crankbaits and paddletail swimbaits.


I paired it with a Daiwa Japan Millionaire CT SV70

Casting: The rod's lure weight rating of up to half an ounce is pretty spot on. I tied on a 1/0 Gamakatsu TGW Drop Shot Hook and Neko rigged a Berkley Powerbait Shaky Snake Magnum worm so my entire lure setup was right around half an ounce. This bait rig felt right at the limit of the TLPT170M's upper lure weight capability. I was able to pitch, cast, and even skip the Shaky Snake Magnum.


Among the lure setups I tried was this one quarter ounce combo of a Berkley Powerbait Sick fish on board a weighted swimbait hook

To test the rod's lower limit, I tied on a Megabass Knuckle Jr. FX Squarebill (0.32oz) and was able to whip that bait around with ease. Though rated as a mod-fast taper, it took little to no time at all adjusting to the rod's casting characteristics.


Detailing is clean

Feeling the rod could handle even more, I found a smallish weighted hook in my terminal tackle box and rigged a three inch Berkley Powerbait Sick Fish to see if the rod and reel combo could handle it. To my delight, I was able to both cast and pitch this lure combo quiet easily. So much so, that after a few test casts and pitches, I cut the bait off and put it in one of my bait boxes so I could weigh it back at the lab. End result? 0.255 ounces - so about a quarter of an ounce.


The rear split grip features Winn grip material

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