I have wanted a decent “pack rod” for a long time and finally found one that’s really good.
So let’s get the specs out of the way first:
-Rod length is 4ft 6in up to 5ft when adding the “switch section”
-Lure rating is: 1-8 grams
-Line rating is: 2-6 lbs or 0.3-0.8 #PE
-Weight is: complete package – 12 oz/340 grams
– rod and sleeve- 3.6 oz/102 grams
– rod only- 2.4 oz/68 grams
-Length is: full case- 16 5/8ths inches
-butt section- 14 3/4 inches
It has a wood reel seat, double up-locking rings, wood spacers, cork grips, Fuji K-frames with SiC inserts and an EVA foam butt cap. As far as power goes…its rated as an UL or ultralight, but since its a “stream” rod, it feels more like an LL or Light-Light rod to me. It’s definitely stiffer than an “area” ultralight rod. Fit and finish is as expected from a Major Craft rod.
I can confirm that this rod (in it’s complete package) fits inside a Patagonia Stormfront/Stormsurge as well as a Yeti Panga 28 pack. More than likely I will just carry the rod and sleeve to save weight.
I am extremely excited to try this rod out. I have a couple of rivers in mind where this rod will be perfect.