Field and Stream

1. Falcon Expert Series

- —P.R.

Of all the new spinning rods we tested this year, these stood out for being remarkably lightweigh­t, strong, and well balanced. Falcon will tell you that’s because of its CrossMatch composite, which features multilayer, cross-directiona­l fibers. What I’ll tell you is that with these rods, you can feel a fish whisper on your drop shot at 50 feet, or slam a Shad Rap on a windy day, and the blanks have exactly the right design to load up and fire pinpoint casts. All components come from Fuji, including the tangle-free K Frame guides. Top-quality cork at the forefinger and the butt makes the split-grip reel seat comfortabl­e enough to cast with all day under a wide range of conditions, whether you’re dragging a Ned rig down gently sloping gravel banks, or dropping a grub down to suspended bass gorging on bait.

$200 • SHOP.FALCONRODS.COM

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