9' Budget Rod - Battalion or Star Stellar

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On 6/14/2018 at 1:35 PM, Norcalbeachbum said:

I keep hearing good things about the daiwa emcast for a budget. Anyone know how they compare to the battalion for throwing small 3/4 oz plugs? 

I only have the 11' MH and 12' MH - both rated 3-6, and both seem fine with 1.5-2oz oz plugs and 1-1.5 oz metals (I'd say the whole series is rated for heavier lures than the optimum).  My guess is you would be fine with the 9' medium throwing 1 oz, or even ~3/4 oz.  These rods are supposed to be "graphite" (only) rods but it seems to me from looking at the cross section of the blank that there is a core of a different material.  Light, moderately fast, not expensive.  The blanks are thinner diameter than the older Emcast Series, so I am wondering how they changed them (higher modulus graphite with a supporting core of something else?)  At $70 maybe worth a try? 

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