Daiwa Steez AGS – Not “The One” You Might Expect but Absolutely the One When
it Comes to Versatility
Total Score: 8.25 - GREAT
Introduction: Daiwa’s flagship rod series, the Steez AGS, has been
redesigned with an emphasis on addressing more domestic applications. These new
rods take the company’s ultra-light and extra sensitive carbon fiber AGS guides
and SVF Compile X blanks to the next level with updated materials and more
advanced manufacturing processes. The first rod we look at in this series is a
finesse spinning rod called “The One,” which exhibited a unique, and unexpected,
character and ability to handle a wide range of techniques and applications.
Daiwa Steez "The One" STAGS761MMLFS Specifications
||SVF Nanoplus Graphite (X45
Bias graphite fiber construction)_
||8 + Tip AGS + Ti/SiC tip
Made in China
Daiwa's newest Steez AGS rods look
completely different than the previous generations
Many domestic anglers wondered when Daiwa would refresh the Steez rods, and they
finally got their wish last year when the company unveiled the new lineup at the
2021 Classic. The completely redesigned Steez rods feature an updated look and
feel and continues to make use of the company's proprietary carbon fiber AGS
guides paired with improved SVF Compile X blanks which utilize a higher volume
of fiber and less resin, all designed to create a lighter, stronger, and more
The single most interesting
feature on these rods are the improved carbon fiber AGS guides
Complementing the SVF Compile
X is Daiwa's Nanoplus which is a fancy marketing term for the company’s
proprietary technology designed to facilitate a very even distribution of resin
and carbon throughout the blank’s construction, which in turn creates a more
sensitive blank without sacrificing durability. This latest generation of Steez
rods also utilize X45, a 45-degree construction that prevents twisting of the
blank for greater strength and hook setting power.
The reel seat is Zaion and
finished with a machined aluminum lock nut
In addition to the new
technology Daiwa sought to infuse more character into this lineup by giving each
rod a concept name which also highlights what they are specifically designed
for. The names are not quite as creative as those from brand’s like Megabass but
they are a welcome addition that adds some extra fun factor to the series.
Styling-wise this latest generation of Steez rods is a massive departure from
previous Steez rods which featured black blanks and high-density EVA foam grips.
Going with a dark grey-ish and red theme the new Steez is designed to match up
with the company’s higher end reels that bear similar finishes. The use of cork
grips makes a big statement about the intended audience for these rods, which
are enthusiast oriented domestic anglers.
This was a rod that I was very
excited to fish the world had other plans with a combination of extremely dry
weather and the pandemic which impacted a few of our planned trips
Unlike the previous
generation rods that were primarily designed for the JDM market, these new Steez
AGS rods were created specifically with U.S. applications in mind. Daiwa America
worked with several Pro Anglers on their staff and U.S. tackle retailers to
create these new rods which is why the lengths are generally longer, and with
tapers that address more domestic applications like fishing in heavy cover,
pitching, and in the case of The One spinning rod… longer casting distance and
more hook setting power.
I had to break out the classic
Steez reel for this test, and it actually paired very nicely with this new rod
Real World Tests:
I received The One from Daiwa back in July last year and have been fishing it on
the California Delta, Clear Lake, and other Northern California reservoirs
targeting both largemouth and spotted bass using a variety of different finesse
rigs. I primarily paired the Steez AGS with Steez and Certate reels and have
been using either Seaguar Tatsu as my main line or as a leader.
The concept name is marked on the
rear split grip
While it is very normal for casting rods to be 7’6” or longer it is still not
typical for finesse oriented spinning rods to be this long, as casting accuracy
is usually a high priority. The One is the longest spinning rod in the Steez AGS
lineup and is capable of casting both light and heavy rigs a very long distance.
This longer rod really allows anglers to cast light rigs with a smooth swinging
action and really launch heavier baits with two handed overhand casts.
It didn't take long to sense that
this rod a has a very unique personality. This is not your run of the mill light
and moderate finesse stick
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