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#1 chefchris401

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Posted March 15 2012 - 2:45 PM

Century Stealth Review
Model: 1205, 2 pieces
Rated: 1 to 4oz
Reel: ZeeBaaS 27
Line: 30LB Berkley Fireline Fused Smoke
Reel Seat: Fuji DPS size 17
Reel Seat is 21.5” to center of reel stem
Guides: Fuji Double Foot K-Frames
Guide Sizes: 10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 16, 25
Guide Layout: Modified NGC
Guide Spacing from Tip: Will Update Later

I’ll start by saying I’m not affiliated or sponsored by any company mentioned in this review, Century, Fuji, ZeeBaaS or any other company listed here. This review is meant to be an honest review of the Century Stealth model # 1205.

First impression is that the rod is incredibly thin and light, I didn’t weigh the blank unfortunately. The butt section is very rigid and thick, and then tapers down to the ferrule, which is sealed at the end. Each rod tip is butt specific and built to be a tight and secure fit.

The reel on this rod is a ZeeBaaS 27 spooled with 30lb Berkley Fireline fused in smoke color. The reel is a little heavy for how light the finished rod is, but it’s what I use. Would pair up great with a ZeeBaaS 22 or VS 150, in my opinion.

The rod has a similar feel to a Lami GSB, nice parabolic action, light enough to cast all night, and lots of backbone.

As far as casting distance goes this was my first day out with the rod and using brand new braid, so I’m sure distance will improve once I get use to the slower action, the rod I’ve been using for the last few seasons is a fast action Lamiglas. I’m sure the stiff Fireline didn’t help but as the day went on and the line broke in, distance improved. Spent about 3 hours casting and testing new plugs.

I made numerous casts using several different plugs then counted the turns of the handle then multiplied it by the retrieve per crank, then divided it by 36 to get the yards per cast, then averaged them together. So the distance is pretty accurate.

For example: 95 handle turns x 39.5” of line per crank = 3752.5” /36” = 104.2 yards

I was able to throw a 1.5oz Gibbs pencil 105 yards, a loaded redfin 88 yards, a superstrike 1.75oz needle with a heavy dressed siwash 94 yards, a 3/4oz bucktail 67 yards and a 2.25oz pencil 117 yards.

The sweet spot of the rod is around the 1.5 to 2.5oz range, which is what most surf plugs I use weigh, such as ss darters, bm needles, pencils, etc. It had no issues throwing down to 1/2oz jig head with a Ron-z tail on it all the way to a 3oz BM needle. It seems to max out around 3.5oz comfortably, but I was still able to throw a monster 4oz pencil, not something I would recommend or do all day but it did throw it.

I was unable to throw any tins cause of the shallow water and rocky area I was testing in. I’m sure the distance with a Hopkins or Ava tin would be amazing, will need to hit a sand beach for that though.

I haven’t caught any fish on the rod yet so I have no input there on how well it will handle a nice fish. But I do know a few guys who used the same rod all last season and had fish up to 38 Lbs, without worry.

Think it will be a great rod and seems very versatile being able to throw 1/2oz to 3.5oz, and being light enough to throw all night without fatigue.

Please feel free ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them.

Hope this helps anyone thinking about buying or building one, I’m located in RI and anyone interested in trying it or checking it out is welcome to.

Chris...I changed the 20 to 25 in the list of Guides...saltheart


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Posted March 15 2012 - 3:01 PM

Thank's Chris, finally a rod review that seems honest with specific guide types and build information. Usually all you get is, what rod was tested and then a few comments like, awesome distance, totally radical bro this thing is sick:huh::huh:

Nice to see a change and someone who would more than likely tell you the truth if the performance was not up to par.:th::th:


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Posted March 15 2012 - 3:28 PM

like i stated its meant to be an honest post and maybe a starting point for someones build and stops me from having to answer a lot of questions for info i should have included anyway.

time with the rod will make a better review and once i get some decent size fish on it, ill have a better understanding of what the rod can and cant do. but from the starting point im pretty impressed.

I also just finished building the newest 11ft rod in the stealth line, its the 1326 rated 2 to 5 oz, its on the dryer now, once that one is dry ill post a solid review on it as well.


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Posted March 15 2012 - 3:52 PM

Very cool Chef :th:

If you did NGC on the 1326 what size doublefoot K's did you run for the stripper to choke guide?
I know it all depends on where the straight line of the spool sharft intesects the blank to place the choke but i am having some issues
with lining up the stripper to choke keeping that straight outer edge line. This is for 11' spinner that i am currently testing before wrapping.

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Posted March 15 2012 - 3:58 PM

Thanks, nice review Chris.

I'm curious if you detected any line slap issues either before or after the KW20 stripper?


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Posted March 15 2012 - 4:07 PM

Very cool Chef :th:
If you did NGC on the 1326 what size doublefoot K's did you run for the stripper to choke guide?
I know it all depends on where the straight line of the spool sharft intesects the blank to place the choke but i am having some issues
with lining up the stripper to choke keeping that straight outer edge line. This is for 11' spinner that i am currently testing before wrapping.
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Thanks,
Terry


I did do the same layout, I can get you the measurements tonight after work as long as the epoxy is cured enough. I know I ran a 10, 10, 10, 10, 16, 20 then 25 on it. the choker from tip was 31.25", the rest I dont remember.


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Posted March 15 2012 - 4:10 PM

Thanks, nice review Chris.
I'm curious if you detected any line slap issues either before or after the KW20 stripper?


No line slap at all, i casted into the wind, with the wind and sideways while testing it and had no issues. The line seems to stay true in the guides and no slapping or bunching at all.

One mistake is a lot guys test guide placement while casting with the wind at their backs which is great for distance but not always best in the real world.


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Posted March 15 2012 - 4:24 PM

I did do the same layout, I can get you the measurements tonight after work as long as the epoxy is cured enough. I know I ran a 10, 10, 10, 10, 16, 20 then 25 on it. the choker from tip was 31.25", the rest I dont remember.


cool, thanks Chef!


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Posted March 15 2012 - 8:35 PM

Two questions Chris

On the Stealth S1 1205 , are you sure its not a 25 stripper?

On the 11 foot Stealth...is this the brand new 11 footer that will be refered to as the Stealth S3 (as opposed to the original Stealth 11 footer referred to as the Stealth S2) ? If so , I am very interested in that model.


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Posted March 15 2012 - 9:36 PM

Saltheart it's whatever guides we all used in the class, thought it was a 25?

And yes it's the brand new stealth 11footer, 1326 rated 2 to 5, I bought direct from Ryan and mike, it's the first batch to come into the states. it's drying now and will be ready early next week


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Posted March 16 2012 - 4:08 AM

Yes , that would be a 25 KW as the stripper on the 10 foot S1.

I want to get a look at that new S3. That is the rod we all hoped the S2 would be (but wasn't). :) Should be a great companion rod to the S1.


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Posted July 07 2012 - 9:26 PM

I had a few people recently PM me asking about guide placement for a starting point on their build and figured i would update this thread but cant seem to edit the first post.

All measurements are from the tip

5.5"
10.5"
16.5"
22.5"
32"
43.25"
61.50"

I really like this rod, was great in the spring, awesome back bay/river fishing rod, light enough to throw a whole tide, was able to throw down to a .5oz jig head and soft plastic on it and up to 3.5oz.

It absolutley crushes pencils from 1oz to 2.5oz.

biggest fish was 21lbs during the herring run we get in RI. was able to turn her no problem in decent out flow current.

the only thing i didnt like about it is i seem to drop more fish on the first hit and not getting a solid hookset, but i think that is more do the slower action than Im use to, made some changes seeing im use to faster action rods and have had less issues.

Would love this rod with a lighter reel even more, maybe a zeebaas 20.

Since this original post, I became part of the Century pro Staff, but that hasnt changed my views on the rod. They want real world testing and reviews to help build a better product or address issues.

If anyone lives in the RI/MA area and wants to try this rod out or some of other models let me know, would be happy to.


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Posted January 25 2015 - 1:51 PM

How far from the butt did you place the reel stem?

Thanks

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Posted January 25 2015 - 4:56 PM

Reel Seat is 21.5” to center of reel stem



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Posted January 26 2015 - 9:01 AM

Thanks Slack - is that the Factory Distance also?


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