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I have been looking at Calstar 700H and 800H blanks at FTU. How does it compare with these?

I use a Calstar 700H for my topwater's and love it.

Don Savage made it for me. (Savage Offshore Rods)

I got it paired with a 20K Stella so I'm sure it has something to do with it.

I'v caught about 15 yft up to 75lbs and came no where close to maxing out the rod.
 

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Muddskipper: I have an Accurate Calstar 700H with a Stella 20K as well, although I have not yet fished it, I am unable to do justice to its casting ability.

T.J.: Although I have not yet pulled on the rod, and although it is half a foot longer than the 700H with more dead weight than I would dare lift, it definitely seems to bend more deeply into the entire blank. I have been told that the 700H is virtually unbreakable, and I have pulled 30 pounds of drag with it, but I would be terrified to lift 44 pounds with it. I have the 700XH, which many had warned me not to buy as being more dangerous to me than to the fish! I have pulled 38 pounds with it, and it still seemed to bend more in the tip half of the rod than your prototype. Of course, I was not deadlifting but just pulling against a scale.

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Muddskipper: I have an Accurate Calstar 700H with a Stella 20K as well, although I have not yet fished it, I am unable to do justice to its casting ability.

T.J.: Although I have not yet pulled on the rod, and although it is half a foot longer than the 700H with more dead weight than I would dare lift, it definitely seems to bend more deeply into the entire blank. I have been told that the 700H is virtually unbreakable, and I have pulled 30 pounds of drag with it, but I would be terrified to lift 44 pounds with it. I have the 700XH, which many had warned me not to buy as being more dangerous to me than to the fish! I have pulled 38 pounds with it, and it still seemed to bend more in the tip half of the rod than your prototype. Of course, I was not deadlifting but just pulling against a scale.

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Muddskipper: I have an Accurate Calstar 700H with a Stella 20K as well, although I have not yet fished it, I am unable to do justice to its casting ability.

T.J.: Although I have not yet pulled on the rod, and although it is half a foot longer than the 700H with more dead weight than I would dare lift, it definitely seems to bend more deeply into the entire blank. I have been told that the 700H is virtually unbreakable, and I have pulled 30 pounds of drag with it, but I would be terrified to lift 44 pounds with it. I have the 700XH, which many had warned me not to buy as being more dangerous to me than to the fish! I have pulled 38 pounds with it, and it still seemed to bend more in the tip half of the rod than your prototype. Of course, I was not deadlifting but just pulling against a scale.

For those few of you on this board who have not seen a Japanese 2-piece rod, I have 4 of the Smiths. (I am certain many have fished far more than I have even held in my hands) If the OTI is similar, they separate at the butt. There is a hole in the top of the butt section that looks like hole in a Colt 1911. It is, of course, composite inside, and when you slide the top section in, it goes in several inches and is as smooth as silk.

This rod has deadlifting capabilities like some of the 5 1/2 foot jigging rods. I wonder if it requires a very heavy lure for casting?

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That does make it clearer. So it does separate at the butt. The butt seems to be much longer than the Smith's, so this would be an even better solution for travel. You couldn't put it in the overhead of an airliner I don't suppose, but it would be great for the back seat of even a small car. Don't go digging right now, necessarilty, T.J., but when you get a chance, how short of a rod tube would the finished product fit in?

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Great. If you can keep the price low enough for a compulsive tackle buyer with no money to spend, I might have to have one. Also, one of my friends showed me his two OTI jigging rods tonight and I never dreamed the would be that light. This is getting to be ridiculous. If I buy a couple of those, I may end up using them on specks and reds, for heaven's sake.

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Hi Guys
New to your board but this rod might be answer to my GT rod search.
Would I be right in guessing price similar to other rods in range at under $250 ?
When is it coming out? I've seen pics. of that rod under 40KG load and if it can live with that sort of abuse then Smiths, Tokara and Carpenters have at last got some serious western competition at about 1/3 the price.
BTW isit really THAT blue, it made my inner 'tackle tart('ho)' come over all drooly?

regards
Jeremy
 
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