1. DOBYN’S XTASY
• Price: $550
Dobyn’s entered the world of ultra-high-end fishing rods with the Xtasy, and from tip to butt, it dons the finest components. It’s a beautifully crafted rod with the performance to match. “This thing is gorgeous, and it casts and loads like a champ,” Andreula commented. On-the-water testing confirmed it had the highest level of castability, accuracy, and sensitivity of the group. The Xtasy utilizes advanced Nano material that is super-light and wellbalanced while maintaining enough power to survive our torture test. Dobyn’s spared nothing when fitting the rod with Fuji Titanium Torzite guides, a painted Fuji graphite reel seat, and highest-grade cork. The reliability of the blank is bolstered by a Kevlar wrapping that helps ensure this stick will be with you for many years, which helps justify the price.