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  1. I was at a Fisherman's Marine supply store and saw these on sale for 20% off - 11' MH and 12' MH Daiwa Emcast Surf (new model "A"). The rods are lighter than the originals and the blanks look very different. Also the guides are nicer and there are more of them. 2 piece. So I picked both up for $150 ($70, $80) to use as back-ups. Have to say I am impressed with the newer lighter blanks and the components (except for the reel seat) appear to be an improvement over the older model Emcast. The guide layout is decent, but the first collector guide is a bit too low on the blank. The top part of the handle/grip is a bit too thin for comfort (I have big hands). The 12' Medium Heavy and 11' Medium Heavy are both marked 3-6oz. I have the 11' paired with a Daiwa BG 5000, and the 12' paired with the Daiwa Emcast Surf 5500 distance spinning reel. The reel seat is the new cheaper plastic molded seat Daiwa is starting to use on their budget rods. It will not accept some larger spinning reel feet. I have used some other moderate and budget rods - Tsunami Airwave, Ticas etc - but these are lighter and seem stronger. Only wish the reel seat were nicer and the collector guide was higher up on the blank. Time will tell if these hold up but I think they are nice rods - in particular the ferrule fit is very close tolerance and snug. The blanks look similar to the Shimano Tiralejo blanks but the tips are more flexible. Decent rods especially for the money, IMO.
  2. Wondering if anyone has test casted this rod. It's a two piece rod, 10', and quite inexpensive ($149 new). Has a 2" and a 4" grip and seems to be made well. I am particularly interested in the 8, 9, and 10 weights for steelhead. The rod weights are not listed, and the rods do not come with a hard tube. At that price I would be highly suspect if it did come with a tube. This company appears to be making decent rods in the low to mid-price category. There is a management and materials connection to Hardy and Albright. The availability of 2 piece rods has also been much lower than in the past so it is interesting to me that Douglas is marketing a 2 piece all around 10' rod.