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iRod's Guitierrez Special, the G2 Ultra Finesse (continued)

Design & Ergonomics: For whatever reason, ergonomics with spinning rods is a lot less important to me than with casting. Typical measurements like balance and tip heaviness kind of wash away due to the weight and bulk of the reels. Having said that, there are a couple of items that I'd adjust if I were building this stick. First off is the orientation of the reel seat. I mentioned earlier in this article, how many manufacturers are now installing their spinning reel seats so that the locking mechanism is on the bottom side of the reel foot, instead of the top. This orientation allows a more immediate transition from the top of the reel seat to the blank - important for those of us who grasp their spinning combos at the top side of the reel foot.


The rod's bait keeper is installed at the split between the rear grip

In the case of the IRG731S-ML, the shape of the EVA foam on the reel seat locking mechanism, makes it just a tad uncomfortable to grasp in this manner. Also, since the piece rotates, I'm less inclined to hold the combo there.


We found a little excess epoxy at the reel seat


Otherwise detailing is clean

The other little bit I'd adjust is the location of the hook hangar. That annoying little feature that seemingly finds a way to bother you no matter where it is placed. The strategy of having it where iRod places it on this rod is to avoid line entanglements while you're fishing - a perfectly reasonable decision. Personally, I just it awkward when the hook hangar is placed in this location so I fished this stick with a Fuji EZ Keeper installed up in front of the reel seat in the traditional location. There is no perfect, one location suits all for this component and accessories like the EZ Keeper help alleviate those concerns.

Lab Results for iRod Genesis III G2 Ultra Finesse

Model
Avg RoD
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ft lbs)
iRod Genesis III G2 Ultra Finesse
3.67
Mod-Fast
4.2
9
0.20
G.Loomis NRX 822S NRX
2.98
X-Fast
3.6
9.5
0.19
What the Finesse Avg
2.94
--
3.9
7.3
0.15


The rear grip is EVA foam

Price & Applications: The IRG731SML by iRod retails for just $149.99. This is a very good value for a stick with this grade of graphite and Fuji Alconite guides. Throw in the ability to use it for a variety of finesse techniques and I'd say Greg Gutierrez was justified in his drive to have iRod build this stick to his specifications. It's more than capable as a go to finesse rod with a nice, soft tip and good power - combinations that are difficult to come by in a finesse stick.


The IRG731SML by iRod retails for just $149.99

Ratings:

iRod Genesis III G2 Ultra Finesse Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Little excess epoxy in some spots 7.5
Performance Very interesting taper, good sensitivity, better power 8
Price Excellent value 8
Features Solid guide train 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Handle configuration and location of the hook hangar could use a little refinement 7
Application An excellent choice in applications for which it is designed, namely finesse! 9

Total Score

7.83
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
+ Good sensitivity, but even better power - These days, I prefer the reel seats on my spinning rods flipped so the locking mechanism is on the bottom
+ Solid guide train  
+ Nice, whippy tip action  

 

Conclusion: I find it interesting how so many bass anglers will zero in on a few key strengths or preferences technique wise, and ignore the rest of what's out there. Perhaps the best example of this is big bait fishermen. A large percentage of anglers who throw big baits absolutely scoff at finesse techniques - especially if it requires the use of spinning gear. In the case of iRod's founder, Matt Newman, we learned this preference can entrench itself so deeply, it can affect what product a company will bring to market.

 


If you're open minded enough to take on the challenge of finesse fishing, Greg Gutierrez's signature G2 Ultra Finesse by iRod will reward you with some times out on the water.

 

Thankfully in this case, Newman had the relentless Double G to deal with because the end result brought us the IRG731SML Genesis III G2 Ultra Finesse. Make no mistake about it, if you enjoy catching fish, this is a fun stick to get to know. Personally, I'd like to see an iRod Air version of this stick maybe with an uplock reel seat. In the meantime, if you're open minded enough to take on the challenge of finesse fishing, Greg Gutierrez's signature G2 Ultra Finesse by iRod will reward you with some fun times out on the water.

 

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