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Rod Review


Cranking It Up With Denali's Russ Lane Cranking Stick


Date: 6/12/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Denali Rods
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

Russ Lane is one of the nicest, easiest going pro bass fishermen you will ever meet. But don't let that friendly, southern disposition fool you. He competes with a fire that burns as bright as that of a ninth inning closer with a one run lead but instead of throwing you a change up or a slider, he's likely to fire that fastball in there with the aid of his compound bow. What gets this competitor fired up out on the water? How about a crankbait bite? If they're on it, he's likely using his signature stick. Here's our look at the Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking stick from Denali.


If there's one technique Russ Lane enjoys, it's throwing cranks


Denali Rods Attax AC722RL Russ Lane Cranking Specifications

Material IM7 Graphite
Length 7'-2"
Line Wt. 8-14lb
Lure Wt. 1/4-5/8oz
Pieces One
Guides 8+tip (SS/Ceramic)
Rear Handle Length 10"
Power Rating Medium
Taper Moderate
Rod Weight 4.2oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $119.99

Today, we take a look at his signature rod by Denali, the Attax AC733RL Russ Lane Cranking Stick

Impressions: The Attax AC722RL is a seven foot two inch (7'2") stick that somehow feels more like 6'8" in hand. For some strange reason, I keep thinking it's shorter than it actually is. Perhaps because it's so light and springy in action. It features a split rear grip made from Winn grip material and adorned in Denali and Attax graphics. There is of course, the commemorative piece of wood at the top of the reels seat.


The rod comes with a split reel seat


The rod's guide train is features stainless steel frames and ceramic inserts specified as "304 Stainless Steel Duraloc Guides." Not that it really matters, but there's no further information as to whether "Duraloc" is a series of guides from a certain manufacturer or the insert material or both. What does matter is the insert material is some kind of ceramic material. The rod also features a woven graphite inlay from the butt end up to the rod's logo area to add strength.

Lane showing us how it's done

Real World Tests: I matched the AC722RL with my Quantum Accurist S3 casting reel spooled with 50 Finatic Pro-Series braid. This reel has been getting a lot of run lately with my testing and continues to hold up well as does Finatic's braid.

The use of this grip material allows Denali to incorporate custom logo features

Casting: Though only rated to 5/8oz, this stick is a nice match with Spro's Wameku Shad 70. This was the first bait I tied on to sample the AC722RL's casting ability. I did so without even thinking about the lure's weight or the rod's rating and really liked how the rod handled so never really thought twice about it until I caught a few fish and it was time to test a different lure.

Each Denali stick has a small wooden piece to cap the reel seat - a reminder of how the company used to build and define all their rods and rod series

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