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Rod Review


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

Sensitivity: I'd rate the TLPT170M's sensitivity as a little above average. This was most apparent when fishing the Knuckle Jr. Squarebill because I could feel the bait swimming in the water and was able to tell when the bait's hooks latched onto weeds or when the bait got buried in a patch of them. I couldn't feel much with the Shakey Snake because the weight I was using to Neko rig it was nestled inside the nose of the bait and insulated from contact with the bottom. So other than feeling the bait stop, there was no way to tell when it ticked a rock or anything hard. Hits on the other hand, were all easy to discern with such light line and a light powered rod.

The TLPT170M is built with a multi-purpose mod-fast taper

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M Casting Rod against the averages of our general purpose rods separated by power

Power: Speaking of power, my hook up ratio was very good with this stick and the TLPT170M affords you the same control as you'd expect from any medium powered casting rod. That's to say it's not a stick you're going to muscle a good sized fish with, but at no time did I ever feel the fish had the upper hand in our battles. I didn't catch anything super big with this fish but I did manage a few three and four pound largemouth during its tests.

Guides are titanium framed with Zirconium inserts

Design & Ergonomics: Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M is a very comfortable rod to fish. The rear split grip is made with Winn grip material. This material is firm yet soft and very grippy whether your hands are wet or dry. It doesn't overheat in the sun either. Weight and balance of this stick are about average (as shown in the table below), but that's a good thing. Otherwise the guides on this stick are sufficient though it does help the enthusiast in me to know at least they are titanium framed. Of course, given the rod's price point, it's difficult to expect more than Zirconium or Alconite inserts really.

Lab Results for Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M Casting Rod

Avg RoD
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M Casting Rod
Phenix FTX 71MH
Medium Pwr Avg

One of the things I like about this versus other Lew's fishing rods is the use of a standard hook keeper

Some of their other sticks have holes drilled in their reel seat triggers to serve as the bait keeper

Price & Applications: Speaking of price point, the TLPT170M retails for $249.99. It's a very reasonable price for a well appointed and good performing stick. Thanks to that slightly slower taper, this stick is suitable for a good variety of techniques from horizontal to vertical bait presentations. If you, like me, prefer lighter powered rods because you enjoy the fight as much as the catch, then the TLPT170M is actually an excellent Search for One candidate.

Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M retails for $249.99


Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M Casting Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nice, clean build 8.5
Performance A really good all around performer 8
Price Right on the border between high end and every day 7.5
Features Winn grips, titanium framed guides, split reel seat 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Light, relatively well balanced, very comfortable to fish 8
Application A very good all purpose candidate for those who enjoy the fight as much as the catch 8

Total Score


Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Good all around performer - I can't think of a downside to this stick
+ Comfortable grip material  
+ Solid components  
+ Standard hook keeper instead of the drilled reel seat trigger  

If you're still on your Search for One, and prefer medium powered rods, Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M deserves consideration

Conclusion: There is almost always something, no matter how insignificant, that I can find about a product to list in the "Minus" column above, but when it came time to fill out that table for the TLPT170M, nothing really came to mind. The rod's stated lure range is correct; it handles well while casting, working your bait, and battling your catch; it's relatively light, well balanced; comes with a solid array of components. I mean really, what's not to like? I suppose if you're not a fan of the color purple, then you'd have a big problem with this stick, but purple happens to be one of my favorite colors. I guess the only downside from Lew's perspective is while I enjoy fishing this stick and can think of nothing to list in the minus column, it does lack that certain indescribable something to earn one of our many editorial awards. Nevertheless, if you're still on your Search for One, and prefer medium powered rods, Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M deserves consideration.


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