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Enthusiast Review


Megabass's Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Whimey, Bassy Wassy, Sonic Fishing Stick

 

Date: 3/1/15
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.02 - ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST AWARD!

Introduction:
Few things get the collective juices of tackle enthusiasts' boiling as high as news of a major manufacturer refreshing their flagship product line. When that major manufacturer is one that makes a habit of feeding that enthusiastic angst, you can be sure we'll be there to report upon it. Well, we saw the prototypes first hand back in 2013 while visiting their factory in Japan. Late last year we finally got to fish these sticks for the first time. Today we bring you our findings. Presenting our review of Megabass's Evoluzion C40 F4.5-610ti Elseil.

 


Time for a look at the new Elseil Evoluzion C40 from Megabass.

 

Megabass F4.5-610ti Elseil Evoluzion C40 Specifications

Material Megabass C40 Hybrid Titanium/Graphite Shaft
Length 6'-10"
Line Wt. 8-20 lb.
Lure Wt. 1/4-3/4 oz
Pieces one
Guides 9+tip, Fuji Ti/Torzite
Rear Handle Length 10.5"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Mod-Fast
Rod Weight 5.3 oz
Origin Mixed China & Japan
MSRP $759.99

 


The handle design inspires thoughts of British TV's Dr. Who television series.

 

Quality/Construction: Like its predecessor, the new F4.5-610ti Elseil Evolution C40 is a six foot ten, medium powered casting rod. It features a satiny metallic finish over its entire length. The grip is a very dense EVA foam with the typical mix of non-typical metallic accent pieces. Assembly of these components is spot on as is epoxy application over the threadwraps. Looking down the length of the rod from the reel seat to the tip, the rod's blank is straight and the guides are perfectly aligned.

 

Quality Ratings for Megabass F4.5-610ti Elseil Evoluzion C40

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
5
2
2
19
19
10

 


Ready for an adventure out on the water.

Performance: I no longer have my original Elseil Evoluzion, winner of our 2006 SuperCast Shootout. That rod was made during a period when Megabass had three different Evoluzion sub-lines each with a different titanium blank technology. That rod had the designation of F4-610XDti so it was half a power lighter. While I don't have that rod with which to compare differences, I was anxious to get this newly refreshed Elseil out on the water to evaluate it on its own merits. I paired it with Shimano's also renewed and instant classic, Calcutta Conquest 101.


This is our first rod featuring Fuji's new, top end Torzite guide system.

Casting: Megabass doesn't offer medium, medium heavy, heavy ratings on their rods. Instead they go by a "force" system of numbers that are often mysterious. So in turn, we look to the rod's line and lure ratings to get a better sense of how the blank might perform. A one quarter of an ounce to three quarters of an ounce (1/4oz - 3/4oz) lure rating generally implies "medium heavy" to US anglers, but these ratings are often off too, so an on the water evaluation helps in these matters.


A familiar profile from the side.

The F4.5-610ti performs well in this range right on up to three quarters of an ounce. That extra 0.5 in power Megabass bestowed upon the current Elseil Evoluzion makes a difference as the previous version really was more of a medium powered rod. Casting and pitching duties are handled very well by this rod though it is not as inspiring as the F6-72X4 Orochi X4 Destruction - few sticks are.


But the inserts are thinner than SiC.

Next Section: Titanium for sensitivity


 

 

 

 

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