The Enthusiast Oriented
Steez AGS Rods are Back and Cater to U.S. Applications
foregrip on casting rods is a machined aluminum nut that is finished with a
matte soft-touch finish. This same nut is used as the rear grip on the spinning
rods and gives the rod a high-end look. The One felt really comfortable in hand
and the entire rod felt light, balanced, and extremely refined. Over the next
few months I really look forward to getting to know the unique attributes and
character of this rod.
The blanks are designed to be thin-walled because the SVF
Compile X and X45 create such a rigid construction. This creates a rod that is
light and crisp handling
to great lengths to give each of the new Steez AGS rods a unique design to
better attack the rod's intended application. For example "The Sensor" casting
rod may look like the other rods cosmetically but it has an embedded inner
titanium tip that is over-wrapped with graphite, similar to the classic Super
Megatop, to create that characteristic visual twitch and vibration.
In addition to a fixed hanger each rod comes with an
optional dual pronged hanger that can be placed anywhere to angler's specific
Steez rods also feature a fixed hook keeper, and on "The One" that open keeper
is located right above the rear grip, a location that many readers probably know
that I personally am not keen on. Daiwa realizes that there are others like
myself, and that pleasing all enthusiasts is difficult, and thus is bundling
each rod with a adjustable open hook keeper that can stow baits either on top or
bottom of the hanger. This implementation is similar to the classic Fuji hanger
but with two pronged design.
a total of 13 rods in the new 2021 Steez AGS Lineup, including 10 application
specific baitcasting models, and three spinning rods. All of these rods are
one-piece rods and come bundled with a branded rod sleeve to help protect those
premium carbon fiber guides. Anglers may remember that one of the biggest issues
with these guides is damage coming in and out of rod lockers, and these sleeves
are designed to help protect the rods during transport and everyday use.
The concept name of each rod can be found on the split
It is good to see Daiwa going back to their enthusiast
roots with the new series. The Steez is back!
Daiwa Steez AGS rods were unveiled at the Classic and are available now in
limited quantities for $549 dollars each. Daiwa has also already started to
share their new ICAST offerings, including a new U.S. Steez CT SV TW 70
baitcaster constructed out of magnesium and with similar gearing to the updated
Zillion. This reel was designed to pair perfectly with these new lighter Steez
My initial thoughts about
"The One" and the Steez AGS rods in general are very positive. This is a Steez
lineup that is designed and built with the features and refinement that
enthusiasts demand, in actions that cater much more to U.S. fishing styles and
that I could keep fishing the new rod but I had to cut field test hours short as
it is time to pack up and head to Orlando for ICAST 2021. "The One" will just
have to wait until I return, but it is nice to be able to say "the Steez AGS
rods are back."