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Rod Review

Sneak Up On Your Quarry With The Denali Kovert K863WJ Rod


Date: 11/2/14
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Denali
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Total Score: 6.99 - FAIR

Denali rods may best be known for utilizing a unique wood foregrip on every rod they make. The company has gained noticeable momentum the last few years, and the Kovert series is a result of this continued growth. Unveiled at ICAST 2013 in Las Vegas, this new lineup of dark, menacing sticks brings stealthy cosmetics along with a pleasing price tag. Here at TackleTour we have published full reviews of their Jadewood and Noirwood models, but now it's time for us to pick apart the K863WJ Kovert rod to see if it's worthy of a spot on the front deck of your bass boat.

Denali Kovert K863WJ Casting Rod Specifications

Material IM-8 Graphite
Length 7'2"
Line Wt. 12-17lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 1 oz
Action Fast
Power Rating Medium-Heavy
Pieces 1
Guides 13+ tip
Rear Grip Length 10.75" inches
Rod Weight 5.6oz
MSRP $139.99

The simplistic logo works nicely with the subdued cosmetics.

Quality/Construction: If you're into bling, the Kovert series probably won't be your thing. Like all models in this particular family, the K863WJ delivers a techie, simple, clean appearance. The dark gray IM-8 graphite blank is adorned with a whopping total of 14 ALPS stainless-framed guides, each secured with gloss black wraps. The neatness of the wraps and epoxy work is very pleasing.

The handle is sized correctly to allow for easy pitching or casting.

For the handle portion, Denali has chosen split EVA grips with smoke-colored aluminum winding checks. In case you get distracted, the skeletal PacBay reel seat will quickly remind you that you're not holding a high-end rod. Though it lacks a bit of refinement, it's of decent quality and works well enough. At the beginning of the reel seat threads is the tiny stabilized-wood foregrip that gives each Denali a unique identity. All aspects combined, the build quality is solid overall.

The ratings are clear and very easy to read.

Quality Ratings for Denali Kovert K863WJ Casting Rod

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Performance: The Kovert family of rods barely squeaks in above the Jadewood series and below the Rosewood series. Does its performance hold true to its respective price point? My tests took the rod from Florida's Lake Okeechobee to the lower-unit busting waters of Tennessee's Lake Chickamauga to find out!

Up close and personal with the stabilized wood foregrip.

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