Feature photo by Jimmy Jacobs
On The Fly Gear
Field testing a specialty – but versatile – fly rod
On The Fly South Associate Editor Polly Dean recently has been fishing the Mojo Bass Rod, resulting in a favorable report. “I like it,” she said, after having pursued several species of black bass. “It’s a fun rod and I look for reasons to use it.”
For anglers that chase black bass, the Mojo Bass Fly rods load fast, and easily punch big, wind-resistant flies into even the strongest breezes. Larger nymph, frog, crawfish and minnow patterns, along with popping bugs, all can be launched for distance with these rods. Just as important, the 7-foot, 11-inch length of these rods and their moderate-fast action are ideal for pin-point accuracy at medium to short distances.
Photo by Jimmy Jacobs
“It’s a shorter rod designed to pick up and drop a fly quickly,” Dean agreed. “For recasting, it’s much quicker to pick up.”
These rods feature premium quality SCII graphite; Kigan Master Hand 3D stripper guides with aluminum-oxide rings and black frames; hard chrome snake guides; unlocking machined-aluminum reel seats; premium grade cork handles; and two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish. Each rod comes with a soft cloth rod sack and a five-year St. Croix Superstar Service warranty.
A Kigan Master Hand 3D stripper guide and the generous length of premium cork handle.
“If anything in freshwater calls for a heavier rod, I use it,” Dean noted, then added. “In 7-weight or heavier situations in saltwater it’s good too. When you are sight-fishing, you often need to pick up and recast quickly. It lends itself to that.”
The St. Croix Mojo Bass Rods come in 7- through 9-weight sizes and a wallet-friendly $160.00 MSRP.