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Rod Review

CB Rod Wars Part #7 : Our First Detailed Look at Dobyns Rods Gen 2 Product

Date: 8/08/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Dobyns Rods
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.25


Introduction: With ICAST 2009 coverage wrapping up it is time to get back to the Crankbait Rod Wars. At the onset of our Year of the Crank field work back in the fall of 2008, we already had on hand, several sticks from various manufacturers. One of these manufacturers was Dobyns Rods and right about the time we were ready to start writing up the 805CB, we caught wind of Dobyns’ switch in manufacturers rendering our field tests for that rod moot. Several months later, Dobyns Rods finally had product rolling in and when we officially notified them of our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars, rather than send in a lone representative, Gary Dobyns sent in an entire legion – a total of six rods.

Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass Specifications

Material Fiberglass
Length 7'0"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 9.25"
Line Wt. 8-17lbs
Lure Wt. 1/4-3/4 oz
Pieces 1
Guides 10 + tip (Kigan SiC/SS)
Power Rating Medium
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.6oz
Manufacturing Country Korea
MSRP $199

Impressions: What’s even more interesting is that these six rods only represent two thirds of the entire Dobyns Rods cranking rod collection. So why so many rods for moving baits and what are their differences? Let’s take a quick look at the rods we have in hand.


Introducing the Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass cranking stick (all six rods that were sent in for the CB Rod Wars share the same handle configuration)

684CB & 704CB: Of the six rods that were sent in, these two are probably the most diverse. Consisting of a moderate-fast tapered graphite blank,  these rods are suitable not only for medium to shallow running cranks, but soft plastics like shakey heads as well. These rods are very much along the lines of other previously reviewed rods like the Daiko’s BRSC 64L, Jackall’s HC-65ML Light Pluggin’, and pre-Year of the Crank rods Shimano Final Dimension TS-168M and  Megabass F3 ½-65GTC Hien Type-S. In the domestic vernacular, these two sticks feel very similar to the MBR842C GLX from G.Loomis.

Lab Results for Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Dobyns 704CB Glass
Dobyns 704CB
Mod Fast
Dobyns 684CB
Mod Fast
Dobyns 705CBMF Glass
Mod Fast
Dobyns 804CB
Mod Fast
Dobyns Rods 805CB Gen 2
Mod Fast
Dobyns Rods 805CB Gen 1
Mod Fast

804CB & 805CB RM: These two eight foot cranking sticks are somewhat unique in our Crankbait Rod Wars primarily due to their length. They are one-piece, graphite blanks with full rear cork grip and no foregrip and the 805CB RM in particular, has been custom tuned in the Dobyns Rods Generation 2 lineup by Randy McAbee, a Western pro known for his prowess with the crankbait. While the 805CB RM is really custom tailored for McAbee’s go to bait, the Norman DD22, the 804CB is more of an all around cranker. Unlike its shorter siblings, the 684CB and 704CB, the 804CB is just as comfortable pulling in a shallow crank as it is a deep runner like the DD22. On the other hand, similar to its shorter siblings, the 804CB can also be used in a pinch with soft plastics for even though it has a moderate-fast taper, its sensitive enough to give you the right feel when fishing horizontal presentation baits. This is a rather impressive stick.

Fig. 1 : This RoD Deflection Chart shows the deflection characteristics of three Dobyns Rods Cranking sticks against our rated averages across the Crankbait Rod Wars lineup. Note that the 684CB and 804CB share similar characteristics between the Shallow and Medium cranker curves, while the 705CBMF falls somewhere between the Medium and Deep cranking curves.

704CB & 705CBMF Glass: This one two glass rod punch within the Dobyns Rods lineup are what many traditional crankers are going to enjoy. In fact, given our Year of the Crank focus, these are the two sticks that stood out the most in the collection of six rods that Dobyns Rods sent in and the 704CB Glass, in particular, really caught the attention of the TT Editors and it is this rod we will focus upon for this review.

Fig. 2 : This RoD Deflection Chart shows the deflection characteristics of the remaining Dobyns Rods Cranking sticks against our rated averages across the Crankbait Rod Wars lineup. Note that the 704CB Glass appears the softest of all while the 704CB rates similar to the 684CB and 804CB above. Also on this chart are the curves for the Gen 1 (orange dotted line) and Gen 2 (magenta curve) 805CBs. The two sticks compare very favorably to one another with the Gen 1 version being just slightly more powerful at higher load ranges.

Real World Test: Thanks to Megabass’ F4-610GT3 Purple Dragon, glass rods have gone through quite a revival here at TackleTour HQ. This stick showed us a glass rod does not have to be heavy, cumbersome, tip heavy, and dead feeling when fished. You may or may not recall the story where I figuratively beat Zander into submission by rigging up the Purple Dragon for him to use several years ago on Clear Lake after he lost 3 or 4 fish in a row while fishing a crank on a G.Loomis MBR783C GLX. After the switch, he did not lose another crankbait fish and was officially sold on the benefits of a glass cranking rod.

Rigged and ready to go.


Since that time, he’s been on a quest and just about any rod that has that buttery soft tip, but strong backbone feel to it he has to try out on the water. Knowing this, I did my best to keep the Dobyns Rods 704CB away from him as long as I could until I had a chance to run this rod through the paces myself because I knew, once Zander got his hands on it, I’d never get it back.

The 704CB (graphite version) made the trip with us to El Novillo Lake in Mexico and served as a very good moving bait rod...

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