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What the Finesse: Talk about Endurance, Powell’s new Spinning Rod (continued)


Retrieve and Power: Even when fishing lures well outside the lure weight range the rod responded confidently, and when purposely loading up on the rod to land smaller fish the blank effectively transitions the load all the way through the midsection causing it to really bend. There is backbone in this rod, it is just hidden all the way down in the mid to lower sections of the blank. Get to the very edge of a high-stick and this rod will continue to bear the weight confidently and the light tip makes fighting fish of all sizes quite exciting.


Check out that tip!


Sensitivity: The sensitivity category is always hard to evaluate as rods that are usually extraordinarily sensitive or obviously dead feeling make coming to a conclusion easy, but rods that fall somewhere in the middle are a whole lot harder to evaluate. The Endurance rod does a good job transferring feedback with structure as well as fish strikes but I did have a little more difficulty discerning the exact types of cover that I was working baits through.


Powell makes use of a smaller diameter first guide


Overall the Endurance blank on this rod is slightly above average when it comes to sensitivity, and while they are great for weighted techniques when fishing ultra-finesse a little more sensitivity would be welcome, and could have helped aid in the decision of how to make adjustments when approaching different types of structure. If you have fished Powell Max Spinning rods in the past the Endurance rods will feel just a notch more sensitive thanks mainly to the blank and guide configuration. 


Midway through the rod the backbone kicks in


Durability: Powell rods have a well deserved reputation for being very durable, and even professional anglers have often described the rods to me as “extremely hard to break.” I’ve checked out the rods of some tournament pros that have fished them for over a season, and while the cork handles have definitely seen better days and a number of the guides have inevitably be smashed, the rods continue to perform and the blanks remained completely intact.


The blend of cork and EVA make for a nice overall look, the anodized purple winding checks are nice touch


Throughout our field tests the Endurance spinning rod has held up very well and the Alconite guides performed well with mono and fluorocarbon lines, making them a sensible choice for a rod in this price range.


100 years in the rod building business, that's what we call "Endurance"


Price and Applications: Are you looking for a finesse spinning rod capable of tossing everything from shakey heads to working a drop shot rig but don’t want to break the bank? The Powell Endurance 6101L will fit the bill nicely at only $169.99, a good price for a rod that can handle such a wide array of finesse techniques on light line, is robust enough to stand up to bucketmouths, and also just plain fun to fish. The 6101L is good for everything from panfish to largemouth, and can even be used for a number of trout applications including tossing spoons or even laying down Powerbait.


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Powell 6101L Spinning Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Powell 6101L makes use of a quality blank, high end cork, and genuine Fuji components that we would expect at this price range 8
Performance This rod fished similarly to how we thought it would after seeing the lab measurements. The 6101L rod does a good job fishing a wide range of lure weights and can be used for ultra-finesse applications. It casts lightweight baits well and the parabolic action of the upper section does a good job protecting light line under pressure. The rod is a little heavier than some competing rods but it balances out well with 2000-2500 size reels and the only other area for improvement would be in sensitivity 8.5
Price A very reasonable price for a rod with quality features and components 9
Features Powell makes use of Fuji components and the use of the smaller lead guide works. The parabolic action is a feature in itself and the purple anodized winding checks are a nice touch. This rod also proved to be quite durable 8
Design (Ergonomics) Not the lightest rod but balances out well with certain reels. The cork over the reel seat provides a comfortable surface in the palm of your hand when casting or drop shotting 7.5
Application Good for finesse applications but can also be used for lighter moving baits in a pinch. The responsive tip makes t possible to use this rod for other species like trout as well 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Crisp feeling rod - Could be more sensitive
+ Excellent casting accuracy especially with short pinpoint casts - Slightly heavier than average when compared with other rods with the similar specifications
+ Power when you need it  
+ Tip can handle ultralight lures  
+ Reasonable price and just plain fun to fish  


Conclusion: The Powell Endurance Rods slot in right above the standard MAX casting rods and parallel to the Tackle Warehouse Special Edition application specific rods. This new series continues to do what Powell does best, which is to provide anglers with a high quality rod at a very reasonable price. The Endurance 6101L spinning rod performs well at this highly contested price point, and while it may not be the most sensitive or lightweight rod, it does deliver balanced performance throughout making it a great overall value.


The 6101L does a lot of things well at a very reasonable price making it a great overall value, not to mention a fun rod to fish as well


One of the unique things about this particular rod is the combination of the extra fast taper with a power curve that allows the tip to properly address finesse applications by transitioning smoothly to the midsection, creating a rod that not only protects ultralight line, akin a trout rod, but still has enough backbone to handle larger fish. With rods like this one it is no surprise that Powell has successfully navigated a century of changes within the fishing rod industry, now that is what I call “Endurance.”


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