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Shimano Zodias: ZDS70LA and ZDS70MLA


slipperybob

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So I really got my first field test of my new Zodias Rod I purchased this spring. I did bring out both the ZDS70LA and ZDS70MLA. Since I only managed to hook up with fish on the Light power rod, it's really the only one that got the real test. Anyway for both rods casting is wonderful smooth and slick. I didn't put any additional effort other than the bare minimum. Lure retrieve also was wonderful for both rods and both rods don't even feel like 7 feet rods that's I've used in the past. I almost felt like they were shorter rods with feel in likeness to a typical 6'6" rod in use.  Working lure retrieval on these rods feels like they're robust medium rods.  At first I was wondering what's the ding ding sound while I was using the rod and it turns out that it was just the butt handle clanging onto some D rings on my clothing.  I almost though that something in the rod was broken or either it was my reels.  What a relief.  I'm still not quite accustomed to this effortless casting motion and having a lure project itself so smoothly. Still not accustomed to a rod that in the casting motion is so well tuned.  I did not even need any counterforce at the end of the casting stroke nor any need to grip the rod more firm to dampen the typical harmonic vibration that some rods exhibits.  That monocoque butt handle design really upgrade the feel of these rods.

While hooking up with some little white bass, the Light power rod loads up very well progressively. These are just fish in the 15-19 inch range so not to big nor are small either. Overall I could've confused my sense that it was a Moderate action Medium powered rod with the crispness of feel of a Light powered rod. Only a few times did I look down on the whole rod with the fish on did I notice that it was still a Light powered rod.   I didn't have a need to put a hook set nor did I feel the pronounced tap on the inhale to drive a reactionary hook set.  There is the feel of the bite, then the solid weight feel and the fish is securely hooked.

Looking forward for more field testing of the Zodias rods.

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