Thank you, shipping today. Please post up your thoughts when you have some time with it!Salty Parrot wrote:Placed an order for the themis. Cant wait.
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So the rod does definitely feel like a light action rod with a extra fast tip. Casted 1/8 oz lures on it and performed well. Haven't casted anything heavier but it feels doable for sure. Hooked on a few fish also, good back bone and sensitivity for sure. I feel like I made the right purchase over the Phenix even though I am a phenix fan. Reel sits comfortable on it for me and I actually like the trigger grip on this rod. Guides all look good and they use smaller guides on the rod. Very satisfied.
Real question is, will I actually sell the two rods the Black Themis is going to replace, or will I just shove them in the back of the rack "just in case"?
Up front, I will say that casting with an XF rod is very different then the more ModFast Phoenix I am used to and my first few outings with the Alphas FC mounted were non-stop overruns and two trips ended with pretty bad backlashes. I switched to the sv105 to get a little more control and had a much better time of things, but I still need to keep the brakes up and really pay attention to each cast. All this being said, the rod seems to handle both lures very well and hooksets with a t-rigged Trick Worm on a 3/0 Owner Offset hook were very very easy, with a couple of small bass hooking themselves while I was fussing with an overrun. The rod casts the DS rig quite a bit further then my XX DS spinning rod and with a lot less effort and finger slap. Hooksets on a DS rig were effortless as well, just a reeldown-n-lift is all it takes. The rod loads up quickly and has all the power I would expect from a Light powered casting rod. I do think it is a little less powerful then the Phoenix or the XX, but it might be the XF taper messing with me. Hopefully I can get some larger bass with it soon to really put it through it's paces, but so far it is a winner. I do wonder about it's sensitivity vs the XX DS, but now that it is warming up and my hands are not numb, I am going to run them side by side and see. I feel like it is close, but it's hard to get a good sense with cold hands and gloves on. The casting issues do remain and I managed to get a show-stopping backlash with the sv105, but I hope I can get it dialed in as I really am liking the XF action for both DS and small plastics.
I would really really like it better if it had the same power/action, but was around 6'-6'2". It's a fun little rod and I think it will work for my needs, but my search for the One True BFS Rod will continue.
Here it is next to it's big brother, a FMJ with a sv103 on it.