After consulting on the forum and with Gary from The Tackle Trap, I ordered the Conquest MBR 843c from The Tackle Trap. I placed the order on a Saturday night and it was at my door step the following Wednesday. The rod was packaged neat and secure without having tons of packaging or stuffing. The process of ordering rods from there is next to none. I usually will look to the used market or go the custom route for my rods but, buying new, I usually will order from Gary.
DChiWildcats, I will steal your format for comparison’s sake. I cannot speak on sensitivity or hooksetting much, seeing how I haven’t taken it on the water yet. I currently have the NRX 852c and it will be what I will be comparing the Conquest 843c to the most.
Doing the typical tapping on the floor and dragging a jig on the carpet indoor stuff, I feel like the 843c has the “it” factor. I know people say its cousin, the NRX 853c, was an ugly duckling n the NRX lineup but, the Conquest 843c is no joke.
The Conquest looks sweet, hands down. The Spiral X wrapping looks sweet and puts a modern, edgy look on an otherwise contemporary looking rod. The thread wrapping is more of an aqua green/blue color than the robust blue the NRX line had. A big issue for the NRX line was the sloppy wrap jobs on the guides. Seeing how I ordered mine the The Tackle Trap, I could not hand select the rod. The wrapping is much better on the Conquest line. My NRX 852c wrapping looks to not be tight in some spots and is overall, sloppy for a $525 rod, or even a $200 rod. The cork has some filler but not a huge amount. I am not a huge fan of cork so, my opinion probably shouldn’t matter much. Guides are straight as well.
Balance is what I noticed taking the rod out of the tube. Is it because of the full cork handle or, is it because the blank is reported to be about 10% lighter? I don’t know but whatever it is, it worked. The balance was even more apparent when I mounted a reel onto the Conquest. I put a Steez SV TW on the rod and the combo was complete. The combo balance right at the reel nut and even then, the butt still wanted to dip down a little but. The reel seat ti a lot like the NRX reel seat. There are 2 differences that I noticed right away with the Conquest: 1. The trigger is longer. 2. The reel seat is a little more contoured as well. Other than that, the reel seats are pretty similar.
I won’t hit on taper much seeing how DChiWildcats already did and, I agree with what DChiWildcats said. I have a video showing the taper of the rod and other review points (Link below).
I will be using the Conquest 843c for 1/8oz to 1/2oz Texas Rigs. My rod this past season was a custom K2 714 and I felt the rod didn’t have the guts to handle the job. Don’t get me wrong, the rod was super sensitive and came in at 2.6oz. A dream to fish with but, I did not want to have it end up as a casualty in a battle with a big bass. The Conquest 843c has a reassuring backbone that can stand up to the rigors of pitching and horsing fish from docks (keep in mind I live in Northern Michigan, I'd suggest stepping up a power or 2 down south).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBN3o4tdz2c
Another video will be coming soon once the temperature gets about freezing. I will be finding the rods casting upper and lower weight range and “try” to speak on sensitivity.