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Long Term Test: Dobyns Brings the Fury at a Great Price Point (continued)

In comparison the Champion 795SBMT (the MT stands for Mag Topwater) have a shorter 10" handle which immediately makes it look and feel more like a traditional casting rod, and that short handle stays out of your way when making more frequent and erratic swings with the rod to impart the greater action needed to bring wakebaits and topwater plugs to life.  


Each rod is finished with a hypalon butt and Dobyns Rods logo

Sensitivity: The Fury 795SB offers anglers more than enough sensitivity for effective swimbait fishing, and I was able to clearly discern contact with structure and subtle strikes on soft bodied swimbaits. When compared with the Champion XP 795 rod the Fury rod is definitely less sensitive, but not by as much as you might think. The Champion XP rod telegraphs sharp vibrations just a bit better than the Fury, and it is hard to tell if this is due to the blank, guides, or most likely a bit of both.


I found the Fury rod foregiving enough to keep fish pinned from set to landing

Price and Applications: Though the Fury rod is not as sensitive as the Champion XP this really is to be expected with a price tag that is half of what the XP rods retail for. Will most anglers sacrifice a little bit of sensitivity and refinement for over a hundred and fifty dollars? You bet.

The big question that we wanted to answer in this long term test was just how well those Sea-Guide guides would hold up to the abuse of big bait fishing with a variety of line types. Would they scratch, crack under the pressure, or bend? The reality is that the guides have held up surprisingly well, and while they have taken some wear an tear, they continue to perform their intended function as well, if not better, than we expected. Looks like Dobyn's choice of using these guides to reduce cost was a sound one.

I did notice some bending of some of the upper guides, but nothing that affected performance to a measurable extent. I do feel that while the inserts have held up well, the actual guide feet are a bit softer than comparable Fuji guides, and more susceptible to flex from torque. Dobyns does a very good job anchoring these guides in place with some additional Kevlar wrapping, and I didn't have any of the guides separate from the blank over the last two years. While many questioned these guides early on we are seeing an increasing number of rod manufacturers utilizing not only Sea-Guide guides, but also the company's reel seats on more and more value and mainstream positioned rods.


The Fury series swimbait rod may only retail for $129 dollars but it fishes like a more expensive rod

Retailing for only $129 dollars the Fury rod is absolutely worth the money, and a great swimbait rod for the budget minded angler. With just two rods, the Fury 795SB and Fury 806SB big bait anglers are able to cover over 90% of big baits, everything from one to eight ounces. Those anglers looking for a more refined, or application specific big bait rod will want to consider the Champion XP line, especially if their favorite swimbaits are topwater and wake style lures.

Ratings:

Dobyns Fury 795SB Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A surprisingly good build at this price point. The guides are not Fuji but still held up to our long term abuse 8
Performance Best for casting baits in the 2-3oz. class, and capable of 4-5oz. baits though anything more feels like the rod is outgunned. Loads up nicely when a fish is on the line and not too quick so that they have a chance to convert strikes to landed fish 8.5
Price Probably the best overall value in the Dobyns lineup of swimbaits. This rod is fun to fish and capable of launching mid sized big baits 8.5
Features The biggest downgrade from the Champion XP series is the lack of Fuji guides but the company keeps a Fuji reel seat and the Sea Guides held up better than we expected. Love the full grip hypalon handle and the Kevlar wraps help secure the components 7
Design (Ergonomics) The same extra long rod handle that is great for working subsurface swimbaits does get in the way for topwaters. This is a good multipurpose swimbait rod but not the best option if your looking for a mag topwater rod 8
Application Great for mid sized swimbaits and even the occasional A-Rig 8

Total Score

8.00
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Proven styling and ergonomics, these rods look more expensive than they are, and fish like it too - Not as many application specific swimbait rod options as the more expensive Champion XP line
+ Guides were able to stand up to the stresses of big bait fishing - Not the most sensitive rod, but still plenty sensitive for the application
+ Like the long rear handle for casting and working subsurface swimbaits  
+ Great for mid sized 6"-7"swimbaits  
+ Excellent price that is half of the Champion XP Series  

 

Conclusion: The allure of catching a giant largemouth is an addition, one that has many anglers committing to casting big baits all day long with the hope of that one quality bite. Smaller swimbaits in the 2-3 ounce class are a lot less intimidating to throw, and typically generate a higher number of strikes, and certainly can't be counted out for producing big fish either. This is right in the sweet spot for the Dobyns Fury 795SB rod, a series that proves you don't have to break the bank to get a big bait rod that you actually will enjoy fishing.

 


Two more reasons why I like the Dobyns Fury rod and fishing mid-sized swimbaits

 

The Fury 795SB borrows a lot of what the company learned and implemented in their Champion XP lineup, and though it doesn't have all the same Fuji components, it still delivers more features and capabilities than you might expect in a rod retailing for only $129 dollars. Even the guides, the very components that most anglers questioned the most, have proven that they are up to the challenge of both braided line and the pressure of big fish. This long term test is done, and the result is a swimbait rod that not only brings the fury in performance, but value as well.

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