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A First Look at the Boldly Styled Upcoming Halo Rods Black Widow Bass Series


Date: 7/5/18
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: Halo
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: ICAST is right around the corner, the countdown is on until the show officially opens next week and judging by the product that we have been able to preview in advance of the show it is going to be a very exciting year. In the weeks leading up to the show we had the opportunity to fish a new rod line that Halo will be launching at ICAST called the Black Widow Series, which is based on a Japanese graphite blank and is designed for excellent response and sensitivity, all with a range of tapers and actions specifically created for bass anglers.


A firsthand look at the upcoming new rod series from Halo...


The Black Widow: Fans of the latest range of Halo rods know that the company certainly isn't shy about infusing color ad identifiers into their lineup. For example the Daylite II rods all feature orange grips and wraps while the value oriented Rave Series make use of yellow colors. The soon to be released Black Widow takes things to another level with very aggressively styled red grips and anodized components. This is one rod that you certainly will not miss when it is resting on the deck of the boat.


... meet the aggressively styled Black Widow Series


As you probably guessed by the name of the rod the Black Widow spider serves as the theme of the entire rod and can be seen on the very rear grip. Both front and rear handles feature Dri-Tec Polymer materials that provide a solid grip in all weather conditions. They are also ergonomically sculpted and I found them comfortable to cast with and grasp tightly when reaction bait fishing.


The Black Widow rods make use of Japanese Toray graphite and have a red metallic cross carbon wrap that gives the rod a high-tech look and feel


The heart of any good rod is a quality blank, and to create the Black Widow Halo turned to Japan, and more specifically graphite expert Toray. 


The foundation of the Black Widow rods is a high modulus blank constructed with nano tech and Toray graphite. While I could not discern just how high modulus these blanks are they do seem plenty sensitive enough to effectively fish contact baits.  


The sculpted grips are very comfortable and provide a solid grip even when wet, they feature Dri-Tec Polymer and are finished with EVA

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