CastAway makes some great rods. Last year I reviewed the Skeleton V2 and came away impressed. It was my first experience with their rods and I am still enjoying that rod a year later. That rod retails for around $190. How about one of their rods that cost half as much? That would be the Taranis series that I have been fishing for the past month.
|A stunning rod|
The model I have is the CXWRM66, a 6'6" medium heavy casting rod. Its designed for worm fishing, but I have found it to be much more versatile than that. I have used it for worms, jigs, lipless crankbaits and even buzzbaits so far. It is rated for 8-17lb line and lures from 3/16 to 3/4 oz. making it useful for many other techniques as well.
The rod retails for $99.99 and the look and feel of it make it seem like a rod that costs much more. It's really a stunning look and features a Carbon Nano Tube composite for added strength. It is also pretty sensitive as well. The components are all solid too. Stainless steel frame guides and Aluminum Oxide inserts are things that you usually don't find on rods in this price range. I'm also a big fan of EVA handles and this rod has some good ones.
|High quality and comfortable EVA|
|Style...all the way to the butt|
One downside to the rod is that it feels a little heavier than the Medium Heavy action it is rated at. It may just be the shorter length or fact that all rod brands vary so much, but I would consider it closer to a Heavy action. It's not a bad thing though, power is good!
The rod line features nine freshwater models and seven saltwater models. All of the bass rods are technique specific and have you covered for just about any technique you would want to use. Overall, the CastAway Taranis is an excellent rod for the money.