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Great Bay Rod Company SFT 664

 

Score 2.78

 

6' 6", 4-Piece, MSRP $279.99, AA  60, ERN   3.72

 

 

Great Bay Rod Company Saxon Creek SFT 664 (6' 6" 4pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
           
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 4 4 4 3 3.75
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 4 1 2 4 2.75
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 2 2 4 2.75
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 2 3 4 3
5.)  Short Distance Casting 3 2 2 3 2.5
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 3 2 3 3 2.75
7.)  Roll Casting 3 1 2 3 2.25
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 3 2 2 3 2.5
9.)  Fish Handling 3 3 3 4 3.25
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 3 1 2 3 2.25
           
Composite Score 3.20 2.00 2.50 3.40 2.78

 

Jim Stuard's Comments:  Great package. Nicely outfitted but there were assembly issues with the grip, which was loose on the blank. It felt as if it hadnít been spaced out internally and it just moves back and forth. The labeling is kind of sloppy and difficult to read. The wraps are done well and the color combo is very attractive. I didnít find the reel seat wood very appealing and the two slide rings for attaching the reel are an acquired taste.  An interesting rod. Some characteristics I like but on the whole, itís probably a better 3 or 4 wt than a 2. It clearly had enough muscle to jerk a bass out but  I had a difficult time turning over flies with a 2wt line. Not a great close in caster. Loaded better after 30í of line was out.

 

Joe Cornwall's Comments:  I first noticed that the rod size isn't written on the tube, a minor inconvenience.  My second impression was of a very pretty rod that I didn't realize was fiberglass.  That fact became evident when I noticed the reel was a bit light, with the balance point at the front of the grip.  You'll need a reel of 3.5 to 4-ounces (loaded) to balance this one.  The grip was just slightly fat for my taste, but well made and without excessive voids.  This rod wants a 3-wt line and will take a 4-wt easily.  It felt underlined to me with a DT2.  It fishes "heavier" than expected with a slight hinging when pushed hard with the DT2 line.  The rod has accurate tracking of the casting stroke and fair roll casting, which might be improved with a heavier line.  I see this as a great pocket water rod when up-lined - and when I mounted my CFO and a WF4 I was left impressed.  Give this one a close look if you're a brook trout bum in need of something delicate in the 3.5 weight range. Interestingly, this rod felt shorter to me than the 6' 6" it really is.  Almost like a 6-footer.

 

Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: Great Bay is a relatively new company. I just heard of them this year. They offer a line of glass rods, and this rod is a 4 piece 6'6Ē glass rod. The blank has a green painted finish. The guides are chrome plated. Oddly the tip top doesn't have a thread wrap. The reel seat is a REC up-locking slide band. The front hood barely had any room for the reel foot. The slide band didn't fit snuggly on the foot either. The wood insert is handsome however.  The cork is Super grade, and it seems this grip was over-bored. The inside diameter of the front part of the grip is too large for the rod blank, and it is not secured to the blank. This will after some use, break.  I wasn't able to get this rod to work well for me. It didn't load well up close, but I was able to gun some
line out to 30 feet. I wasn't able to get the rod to roll cast at all, a roll cast just fell apart for me. The rod did feel pretty good with a 6 inch bluegill on it though. I think maybe this rod would work better with a 3wt or 4wt line.

 

Paul Feldman's Comments: This rod is painted a dark green with red wraps and some gold metallic (UGH!) wraps. The reel seat, however, is a beautiful red wood up locking seat with a sliding ring. This is one of the more attractive reel seats in the group.  This rod's action was somewhat unusual. It is fairly slow and seems to have more mass in the blank out towards the tip, which gives it a somewhat whippy feel. It reminds me of a fiberglass rod action. Once I got used to the action it cast fairly well, but it didnít excite me.

 

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