The bites were electric feeling, even the weeds felt like strikes. It just added a whole bunch of fun to my UL spinning setup. Rod comes in at 1.6oz and the total combo with the soare ci4 500s comes in at 6.65oz with line and jig attached.
At 5’ you won’t get long bomb casts but it is an accurate stick so it should be nice in my small streams for sight fishing. Super cool addition!
These are solid tipped, I've gotten a bit more testing in compared to the MC days 6'3" UL SFS rod which is also solid tipped. The ajing rod tip is much more powerful than the days rod and feels a lot like (if not a touch more power) the speedstyle 6'4" bfs solid tipped rod. I've been doing more testing with my lightest trout magnet which weighs in at .8g and my average cast distance is 14-15 yards with the ajing rod and the days will run the same setup (same reel and line) 22-23yds.
The little 5' rod will never be a long distance rod but there is a trifecta of things slowing this rod down. Length, guide spacing and guide size for sure and potentially line diameter. Obviously a 5' rod isn't meant for long bomb casts but compared to the days rod the aji-do stripper guide is nearly 6" closer to the reel than the days. Also the days stripper guide has a 20mm ID while the aji-do is only 11.5mm. I can feel the line running through the guide on the ajing rod but it feels smooth on the days rod. The ajing rod is rated to a max of 2.5lb line so maybe my 4lb line is really choking it off. I'll try a super thin braid or maybe a light ester line and see how much that helps distance.
I don’t have the 6’3” speedstyle to compare but the 6’4” light powered bfs solid tip and aji rods are both much more stout than the 6’3” days UL SFS solid tip spinning rod.Just_Bass wrote: ↑Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:49 pmThanks..”feel a lot like speedstyle solid tip”. So it might not worth it for me then. I currently use speedstyle 6’3 solid tip especially for 1/64oz trout magnet when targeting bluegill. My assumption is Ajing rod is a tad softer than bass rod to help when loading light weight lure.
Neither the aji-do or speedstyle bfs load particularly well in the blank with the tiny baits but they still cast them out accurately. It’s just that tiny bit of tip movement that gets the little jigs flying predictably.
This aji rod seems to show its value when transmitting vibrations. I don’t know if it’s the taper or the blanks but it’s very lively. Even the most subtle nibbles are alarmingly felt. I think this would be excellent in situations where there’s current drifting small baits through the water column and feeling is diminished.
In a nutshell if you’re looking for a blank that will load a .5g jig and send it max distance then this is not what you’re after. If you’re able to sacrifice casting distance in exchange for feel then you may want to consider something like this. I’m not sure if the longer models have a different guide configuration so the longer ones may have all the boxes checked.
A lot of ajing with single jighead in Japan is done from embankments where one does not need long casts. Short rods allow for greater sensitivity, much needed when a good chunk of line is suspended over the surface – same reason why they like ester lines for those environments. Long-distance ajing is usually done with caro rigs, this is where you'll see long, relatively powerful rods with seemingly delicate solid tips.