The Abu Garcia 6’9” dropshot rod (model number: VRS69-4) is constructed of 30-ton graphite, featuring next generation Nano Technology. Nano brings 2.5 times the impact resistance of standard graphite, giving you a more balanced rod consisting of the lightest, yet strongest materials. The higher the tonnage rating, the stiffer the graphite fibers. Stiff fibers means increased sensitivity and more fish in your memory bank.
As a big finesse angler in the Pacific Northwest, this particular Veritas rod has increased my ability in landing both smallmouth and largemouth bass. A powerful hookset is not needed; just a simple lift of your arm will drive the hook home and keep it there. For those of you who follow FHC on a regular basis, you have only seen a small sample of all the fish I have caught with this astounding rod. Quite frankly, I think I may have overstated my fondness of Abu Garcia’s Veritas. That is alright though because we heavily praise products built with quality components and innovative design.
High Density Foam handles add to the overall feel of the rod. I especially like the split-grip design and the all aluminum, double anodized aluminum screw down reel seat. This gives your reel an absolute position without the chance of movement or release and it also adds a bit of distinction from other rod manufacturers.
Abu Garcia chose Titanium alloy guides, once again delivering a lightweight presence and friction reducing occupation. The Fuji SiC guide inserts provide durability for any type of monofilament, fluorocarbon or braided line. Altogether, I have treated the rod rough at times (dropping it on the aluminum deck of our boat) and each guide is unscathed. I am impressed to say the least.
The overall fit and finish of the Veritas lineup strikes a remarkable value for the $100 price-point. Abu Garcia offers aditional peace of mind through a (3) year warranty. While I have yet to discover any flaws with this dropshot king, I will as always update this review with any new information.
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