Taking the Time to Appreciate the
Unique Personality of the Enthusiast Class Dobyns Xtasy Series
Total Score: 8.25 - ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST AWARD
Introduction: Xtasy is the halo series within the vast lineup of Dobyns rods and makes use of the expensive Toray blank materials and Fuji
components to provide anglers with a lighter more sensitive overall rod. Priced
well into the enthusiast range these rods are described by Dobyns as a "feel"
series, and are designed to provide an advantage in applications where quick
bite detection is key.
Dobyns Rods Xtasy DRX724C Specifications
||10+tip (Fuji Ti/Torzite)
|Rear Handle Length
||Heavy (charted between medium to medium heavy
in our lab)
At the very top of the Dobyns
lineup is the Xtasy Series
Impressions: I remember
fishing with Gary at Clear Lake the same month he first introduced his original
Champion Series of rods. At the time Gary talked about his dream to one day
offer a complete spectrum of rods, including not only a more affordable series,
but also enthusiast rods that could rival even the most premium domestic and JDM
offerings. At the time Dobyns was all-in on Kigan components, and the Champion
Extreme rods provided a peek at what the company was able to do in terms of making rods
that were both light and sensitive.
One of the key differentiators on
the Xtasy line versus other Dobyns rods is the use of Fuji Torzite guides
With each season Dobyns Rods continued to refine their
lineups, improving the actions and tapers for
specific bass fishing applications, including refining, or in some cases,
completely changing their blank materials in an effort to
improve sensitivity and durability, and ultimately transitioned to Fuji components
across almost all their rods.
Series took everything that the company learned while designed the premium
Extreme HP Series and takes things to the next level with the combination of Toray Nano graphite blanks and Fuji titanium Torzite guides.
The Xtasy rods are designed to be
the very best that Dobyns offers, and yet when you look at them they feature the
most understated styling of the entire portfolio. There are no bright colors,
orange or blue logos, and even the thread wraps are an understated silver and
gold, which matches the overall grey tones throughout the rod.
Though the Xtasy makes use of
modern materials the styling is surprisingly classic including full cork grip
Even the handles on the Xtasy
Series feature the more traditional full grip, but look closer at the rods and
the quality of the build shines through. The cork used on the rods is rated AAAA
from Portugal and is some of the cleanest we have seen to date. The grips are
finished with composite cork, gold rings, and an anodized aluminum recessed butt
The rear is finished with some
composite cork and an attractive aluminum DR recessed cap
The Fuji reel seat is finished
with an aluminum and carbon fiber hood that attractively conceals the
seat thread, and as your eyes transition up the blank you can see the Kevlar and
carbon fiber wrap which not only adds durability but also gives the rod a bit more
enthusiast appeal. Overall, the attention to detail in the Xtasy build is excellent.
Series consists of a relatively small lineup of only ten models, five casting
and five spinning, that are all designed primarily for fishing contact baits and
Real World Tests: I fished the Dobyns DRX724C for two
complete seasons targeting largemouth bass in the Delta, and other
Northern California lakes. I fished the rod with a variety of reels, actually a
lot of different reels, in an attempt to find my perfect pairing, and primarily
spooled up with Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon line and utilized the Xtasy across a
variety of different techniques beyond just contact applications.
I paired the Dobyns with a number
of different reels including the Shimano Metanium
There were multiple times over the
last year that I started writing this review, and then I would discover
something different about the rod and how it behaved in certain situations,
ultimately changing the way that I fished the Xtasy, and also my eventual take
on the entire series.
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