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Enthusiast Review

Megabass Turns Their Sights on Trout With Their Very Elegant Pagani Line

Date: 2/19/07
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Megabass
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.00


Introduction: Megabass, as their name implies, is best known for their insane offerings in the realm of bass fishing. As we have documented, they've certainly taken the concept of Enthusiast Tackle in this widely popular market to a different plain. But how does their particular interpretation of the tackle world translate to other segments of the market? We take our first look at Megabass's trout specific lineup with the Pagani PTL-63UL spinning rod.

Megabass Pagani PTL-63UL Specifications

Material Graphite
Length 6' 3"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 9"
Line Wt. 3-8lb Test
Lure Wt. 3.0 - 10.0 grams (~3/32 - ~11/32 ounces)
Pieces Two
Guides 7 + Tip (Fuji Ti/SiC)
Power Rating Ultra Light
Taper Moderate
Rod Weight 4.1 ounces
Manufacturing Country Japan
MSRP Approximately $415


Impressions: Megabass invokes one of the most famous names behind legendary Italian sports cars to convey an image of excellence and exclusivity in the design or their trout specific lineup. Horacio Pagani, formerly of Lamborghini, has his fingerprints on some of their most famous cars not the least of which are the Countach Anniversary, P140, and Diablo (sound familiar?). Pagani now heads up, Modena Design, a company he founded to specialize in the design, engineering, and testing of Italian heritage sports cars.1 In fact, they have plans to introduce their very first car, the Pagani Zonda, into the United States sometime in 2007. Great designers are always in tune with one another so is it any wonder that Megabass's president and chief designer Yuki Ito drew his inspiration from a country known for their style and panache?

1: Source - wikipedia.com


Introducing the Megabass Pagani PTL-63UL

The PTL-63UL features an attractive, real wood reel seat

The lockring mechanism for the reel seat consist of two threaded lockrings for extra security


Panache might be an understatement for the PTL-63UL. Ours came wrapped in an old school plaid cloth sheath to house its two intricately designed pieces. Most notable on this rod is its very handsomely composed reel seat. Sporting a wood base, the reel seat is bordered by two brushed metal housings: one fixed, the other sliding. The locking mechanism is set off of the sliding metal housing by a section of cork. Two threaded metal rings fashion the locking mechanism that pushes up against the cork which in turn pushes up against the sliding metal housing. The lockrings are therefore, spaced away from your hand as you grip the rod avoiding any accidental loosening of the reel as you cast and retrieve. The reel seat is, in every sense of the word, a work of art.


Our Pagani trout rod came in this attractive, throw back, plaid bag

The Pagani features a very attractive butt cap to finish off the handle assembly

Real World Test: We skip the formalities of lab tests with ultra light sticks, because there's no real need for a basis of comparison. The only real difference this stick shows from other similarly rated rods we've used is its extremely moderate taper. How best to evaluate this slow action, ultra light stick? How about a hike into California's High Country to explore and fish some pristine mountain streams and ponds?

Fishing California's high country can be an awe inspiring journey










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