On July 1, I decided to film myself doing what I often do after finishing a rod build. I go to my enclosed backyard and cast some line to make sure the rod does what it’s supposed to do and briefly check out its overall performance and feel.
This rod was an 8 1/2 ft, 5 weight, four piece, built on the Batson Rainshadow RX6 blank. A moderate fast action blank built with a blend of Batson’s RX6 and RX7 high strain carbon graphite materials, it’s a budget priced blank that performs like a high end rod once built. This rod, built for one of my best clients, Kory, had installed a high-end REC reel seat, flor grade reverse half wells cork grip, and top quality hard chrome single foot and stripping guides.
My conclusion after putting it to a brief test run: not only really good looking, but a superbly performing rod.