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Exotic Practicality? The Reality That Defines an Oxymoron, Major Craft's Day's Season DC-644M
 

Date: 9/18/06
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Major Craft
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.92 +
BEST VALUE AWARD!

Introduction: Looking for a rod that is portable, affordable and possesses a flavor of that import rod allure? Major Craft is a growing Japanese rod manufacturer that produces quality product at an affordable price. Throw into this mix, the portability of their Day's Seasons Sa Ku Ra line and you have a rod that meets all of the afore mentioned characteristics that does not cost an arm and a leg to ship from Japan to just about anywhere abroad. Introducing the Major Craft Day's Seasons Sa Ku Ra DC-644M, a 4 piece, medium action casting stick that can fit right into your carry on luggage!


Major Craft Sa Ku Ra DC-644M Specifications

Material Graphite
Length 6'-4"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 9.0"
Line Wt. 10 - 16 lbs
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 3/4 oz
Pieces Four
Guides Stainless and Ti Framed SiC ( 7 + tip)
Power Rating Medium
Taper Regular
Rod Weight 4.4 oz
Rod Case Dimensions 22.5" Long x 2.5" Diameter
Manufacturing Country Japan
MSRP 18,300 JPY = Approx. 155.00 USD

 

Impressions: The first thing that struck me about this rod was the impressive case within which it arrives. This is a travel worthy bit of protection that is both handsome and functional. In fact, it's sturdiness cannot be stressed enough. Inside the case, the rod is further protected by a light, cloth bag that contains each of the four pieces of which this rod consists. The handle portion of the rod features a split rear grip, a foregrip/lockring combination, and an exposed blank reel seat. Each piece of the rod fits together via a friction-type, graphite joint to help maintain a continuity of materials. Once assembled, the rod feels surprisingly lively and is very well balanced.

 

Introducing the Major Craft Day's Season Sa Ku Ra DC-644M


Lab Tests: The first stop for our DC-644M was our lab and the infamous RoD WRACK. While rated between a 1/4 - 3/4 ounce lure weight, our suspicion, after assembling and handling the rod was that, typical of other JDM rods we've used, this rod was over rated for its actual power. One quick way to find out was to put it through our deflection tests.

 

Lab Results

Model
Avg RoD (2-16 oz)
Rated Action
Spine
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Major Craft DC-644M
4.41
Regular
Bottom
4.4 oz
+ 4.5"
Loomis MBR782C IMX
3.0
Fast
Bottom
4.2 oz
+ 5.75"

Rate of Deflection (RoD): What we found was that, between the load ranges of 2 to 16 ounces, our DC-644M behaved somewhat similar to our previously tested G.Loomis MBR782C IMX. Just holding the rod in hand and whipping it around, the 782 was our best guess as to a domestic rod this stick most closely aligns. The RoD WRACK simply served to confirm our suspicions. However, this rod is also a bit more moderate than our MBR782C IMX so it bends further through the rod than 782.

Fig. 1 : This RoD Deflection Chart shows the deflection characteristics of our DC-644M are somewhat similar to our MBR782C IMX


Spine, Weight, and Balance Point: The spine of our DC-644M came out on bottom and its balance point at about four and a half inches up the rod from the center of the reel seat with no reel mounted on the rod. It has a very balanced feel to it and while the actual weight of this six foot four inch stick is 4.4 ounces, it is so well balanced, it feels light as a feather. We did notice, during our deflection tests, that the line came in contact with the blank at the top portion of the rod with only six (6) ounces of pressure at the end of the line.

 

Cal whiffs on a hookset with the DC-644M!
 

Cal works a jerk bait with the DC-644M in the California Delta


Real World Test: Did I mention how much I appreciated the portability of this rod? The carrying case makes all the difference in the world with this product and makes it a breeze to toss into the trunk of my car and even into a storage bin in my boat. No worries of the stick getting banged around and broken during transport here. I fished this stick over the course of several months with several different reels and types of line to get an feel for it. It was fished both from the deck of a boat and from the shore.


The DC-644M with its hard case is so portable, it fits right into the side compartment of our Albackore Tackle Backpack!
 

Complete Field Test Set-Up

Rod
DC-644M
DC-644M
DC-644M
Reel(s)
Shimano Scorpion MG
Daiwa TD-Sol
Daiwa Alphas
Line
14lb Berkley Fireline
10lb Sunline Shooter FC
12lb Yozuri Hybrid


Pitching and Casting: With its rather slow taper, the DC-644M takes a couple of casts with which to grow accustomed. Moderate action rods such as this load so easily it is natural to throw off target when switching from a more aggressively tapered rod. However, once acclimated, pitching and casting were a breeze and the slow taper was simply a non-factor. Each of our three reels felt equally at home on this stick as well. This is really a fun rod to cast.

 

The DC-644M comes with this very sound and secure travel case
 

Inside the case, these four pieces are wrapped in an additional, fine cloth sleeve
 

If you're accustomed to the old school two-piece rods, a friction joint like this will throw you for a loop. These joints are actually designed to NOT be flush, instead, they are intended to provide a very tight fit to help maintain the continuity of the blank and not lose much, if anything in terms of sensitivity.
 

As our RoD WRACK measurements indicated, the rod is a bit over rated in its lure weight specification. I'd recommend baits at the top end of a half or maybe even five eighths of an ounce when casting with this stick. Anything heavier and the blank feels over loaded during a cast. We tested baits down to about three eighths of an ounce but never really explored the lower limits of this rod's capabilities. Despite this factor, I'm pretty certain the 1/4 ounce threshold is accurate and can probably be surpassed if matched with a capable reel like the Daiwa Pixy.

 

The grip section of our DC-644M
 

The DC-644M features a split rear grip and fixed counterweight

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