TackleDirect TDSSTS703MH Silver Hook Series 3PC Travel Rod - 7 ft.
|Description||Type||Length||Power||Action||Mono Line Rating||Lure Weight||Price|
|Silver Hook Series Travel Rod||Inshore Travel||7 ft.||Medium-Heavy||Moderate-Fast||10 - 20 lb.||1/2 - 1-1/4 oz.||$99.99 USD|
Backpack on shoulder with just enough gear for two days, tickets in one hand, my 3 piece travel 7' M Silver Hook Series rod from Tackle Direct in the other. Destination, front deck of a flats boat in South Florida. Guide directs me to 2'o clock, 30 yards away moving left a big Tarpon looking for breakfast. A cast, a pickup and a battle that I have dreamed of forever. Linesider released, bucket list fish checked off, "Fishing Perfection".
TackleDirect TDSSTS703MH Silver Hook Series 3PC Travel Rod Features:
- Genuine Fuji Reel Seat
- High Density Graphite Composition Blanks
- Fuji Single Foot Concept Guides
- Hi Gloss Epoxy Coated Thread Wraps
- Grade ''A'' Cork Grips
- Carry On Size Travel Case
Don't expect the quality of cork to be the finest AAA Portugal grade, but I would say it is on par with average AA grade. For $80? Yea, I'll take it.
Moving on to the build quality of the rod. It gets a solid "A". There are a few guide raps that aren't absolutely perfect and you'd never notice them unless you slowly inspected each one and took your time (as I did). But my purpose was for an accurate review, and not to criticize the craftsmanship. The rod fits together and locks up tight as a drum. You will have no issues with it coming apart while casting and reeling in that monster (that got away).
Rod guides are in line and all inserts are smooth as can be. There is no pitting or excess glue from the manufacturing process.
I do wish there was some sort of rubber/plastic/dense foam butt cap on the rod. The cork just kind of stops and is cut off flush. Make sure to seal that part too with some U-40.
Reel seats are solid and lock up well on the reel. For my testing purposes I used the reel I will be fishing on this rod; a Penn Battle II 3500. Weight and balance are on par with a rod of this price and a graphite blank of this tonnage.
I would say any reel size over 3500 would start to be a bit too unbalanced. This is an inshore rod after all. The action is on the stiffer side, with a decent tip. There are no issues hooking into 30lb reds, agressive pompano, strong snook, and sea trout. I'm pretty confident you could land a good size tarpon if your reel has a decent carbon drag.
The travel tube is outstanding. Looks to be made of heavy nylon or a medium weight cordura-type material. The zipper is smooth and functions perfectly. There is a heavy-guage anti-crush solid tube inside that is lined with nylon to protect from scratches. Foam in the top of the lid protects the rod tip when the three pieces bounce around during transport.
I'm fairly confident that I could fit another travel rod in this tube along with the Silver Hook 3-piece rod.
For $80 you will be making a good investment. I'm really glad Tackledirect is offering this rod and will probably end up buying a second one this year.
i bought it for $100 and feel like it is well worth the price, so the $80 price tag is a great price for the quality and build of the rod.
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