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Rod Review

CB Rod Wars Part 13: Taking care of business with the Falcon Rods T7 “Deep Runner”


Date: 9/22/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Falcon
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.16 - BEST VALUE AWARD!

While some cranking rods offer plenty of flash and no dash the Falcon Cara T7 Deep Runner while not ostentatious in appearance delivers exactly what it is designed to do with confidence. This American made rod blends custom rod design with quality Fuji components for a cranking stick intended to tackle the depths with confidence.


Falcon Cara Reaction "Deep Runner" CCB-5-173DR Specifications

Material F120X Blank - High Modulus Graphite
Length 7'3"
Line Wt. 12 - 20lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 3/4oz.
Pieces 1
Guides 9 Guides + Tip Top (Fuji Alconite)
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper MS
Rod Weight 4.7 oz
Origin U.S.A.
MSRP $199.99


Impressions: It has been a long time since we have tested and reviewed a product from this U.S. based rod company. The last rod we tested from Falcon was a previous generation Cara rod, the CC-5-1610MH, which we found to be a “solid value and an excellent choice for budget minded anglers or those looking for their first entry into the middle end of the market.” This season with the “Year of the Crank” we turn our attention to the Cara series once again. Since that previous review in 2005 the Cara series has greatly advanced and is now split into a number of different categories including: casting, spinning, reaction and peacock bass casting rods. Some of these rods feature split grips while others make use of more traditional solid grips, all feature quality Grade A cork and Fuji components.


Falcon fans are among the most brand loyal and we can see why, the rods are built with the attention to detail you would expect from a US based custom rod builder


The Cara T7 Reaction series is made up of thirteen rods that address moving baits ranging from shallow running crankbaits to swimbaits. They are designed to be lighter in weight yet offer plenty of muscle for cranking large lures, the slower actions help anglers keep fish pinned on treble hooks all the way back to the boat.


Falcon uses Fuji ACS reel seats on the Cara Reaction T7 rods


The Cara series has advanced greatly over the last few seasons and the new T7 rods make use of a high modulus graphite blank that offers both sensitivity and power. There are a lot of cranking rods in the lineup including a shallow bait cranker, a composite cranker which blends fiberglass with graphite, and even the “shoal cranker” which is designed specifically for the Fall when long casts are necessary with light line and small shad styled baits. For our review we look at the opposite end of the spectrum and test the “Deep Runner” which is a tournament ready rod that is designed to toss deep diving cranks like my personal favorite, the Norman DD22.


The Shimano Curado E5 was a great match in terms of balance and cosmetics

Some Falcon Cara Reaction rods make use of a split grip but the Deep Runner features a complete grip. When it comes to cranking I don’t really have a preference, but the full grip does make it easier to make two handed casts with big baits. The Falcon Cara T7 Deep Runner utilizes a Fuji ACS reel seat which helps give the rod a slightly more aggressive look.

Falcon finishes the rod with composite cork

The company sticks to tradition and adds a cork foregrip to the rod which we would later find actually helps balance this rod out a bit. The end of the grip is finished with a cork composite butt. Green threading is used on the rod and contrasts nicely with the graphite blank. The lower section with the company’s logos and rod information is coated with a thick layer of gloss but the entire upper section is just plain graphite, something I personally really like both cosmetically and when it comes to weight reduction and improved sensitivity. Overall the Deep Runner looks somewhat conservative in appearance, nothing too fancy here just a straightforward layout that spells business.

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