I have become quite picky when it comes to choosing a bass fishing rod. I have tested just about every major brand in the market and can tell when a company tries to sell me an $ 80 cane for $ 200. Many rods are made in the same factory and they are not much different other than their aesthetics. So when I hear a bunch of hype about a rod, I immediately raise an eyebrow and set out to see if it’s worth making some noise.
The reintroduction of the Falcon Cara Casting Rod has received all kinds of rave reviews. If you remember, the Cara series was hugely successful several years ago and for some reason it disappeared. Fishermen all over the world were looking to buy them second-hand and the lucky few who owned them could practically quote their price. I’ve never met a single fisherman who doesn’t like an old-fashioned Cara.
As you can imagine, this reintroduction has something to live up to. When a rod has the name “Cara” on the blank, the fisherman’s expectations change. When I tested these rods I kept this in mind and was quite thorough in my review process.
Stay with me and I will quickly share my experiences with her.
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A very versatile and sensitive series
I have noticed a lot of weird lengths, powers, and actions on the rods over the past few years. Sometimes they just don’t add up and I look at a list of the different models and have a hard time finding one that I would like. I think it can happen when a fishing rod business involves too many professional fishermen. Someone may love a particular LPA (duration, potency, and action), but that doesn’t mean the general public will appreciate it. I guess I’m trying to say that sometimes it gets too complicated and specialized in my opinion.
I have to say, however, that I love the options in the Falcon Cara range of spinning rods. They didn’t try to be too cute with the design process and each LPA makes sense and can be used and enjoyed by any angler regardless of their fishing style or location.
I really like that they incorporated heavier actions into their shorter lengths. I fish in shallow, lean water most of the year and constantly squeeze between docks, deposits, and other obstacles, making it quite difficult to jump something with a long rod. With the 6ft 11 inch heavy action rod I can jump a frog under a skinny boat dock and the 6ft 10 inch medium action rod is an exceptional and incredibly versatile spin and tip rod. If you want to make a little creature bait in shallow water, I can’t recommend a set of rods much more than that.
Again, I am a fairly demanding shallow water fisherman. Starting at $ 249.99, you might have to save a few pennies to get one of these rods, but I’m telling you, they’re worth every penny from what I can tell so far.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever used the word “breathtaking” in a product review, but whatever … I just did. This is the best word to describe my experience with these rods.
I’ve used a lot of sensitive canes since doing this for a living, but the Cara series takes meaning to a whole new level. These rods are made with Fuji ECS reel seats which are widely regarded as the lightest and most sensitive reel seats on the market and when you fish with them you can immediately tell the difference.
Without any issues, you can feel very slight changes in bottom makeup as you drag a bottom contact bait and you can also feel every move your reaction lures make. If it skips a move or gets mushy for a second, you can spot it quickly and adjust the hook or snap the tip of your rod to clear debris from your lure.
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When I put a reel on this particular rod, I was immediately impressed with its balance and weightlessness. It is not heavy and despite the full cork grip it feels great in your hands. I’m not normally a full cork guy when it comes to cane handles, but this cane might change my mind a bit.
I was able to throw frogs and flip creature bait with this rod for hours without undue fatigue. Poorly balanced rods are the ones that normally hurt you after a long day of fishing, but throughout my testing with this rod I felt like a spring chicken at the end of long, hot summer days.
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I fully understand that $ 249.99 is a lot of money. You work hard for your money and I respect that, so when I highly recommend this rod I don’t take it lightly. If I could have a foredeck full of these rods I would definitely do it. If you’ve ever wanted to splurge a bit and get a super cool fishing rod, this is the one I invite you to consider.