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    New EGI / Squid Rod

    Hi guys, looking to purchase a new EGI / Squid rod for the summer, have been using a 8'6" graphiteleader nuovo calamaretti matched with a shimano sephia ci4+ c3000dh for the past few years which I love and also a Major Craft X-Ride EGI, has anyone got any feedback / advice regarding the following sticks or any other rods you can recommend at the higher end?

    Daiwa Emeraldas AGS 86M SHORE - 49,800
    http://www.daiwaweb.com/jp/fishing/i...ags/index.html

    Megabass Caiyen CA-86L - 49,500
    http://www.megabass.co.jp/site/products/ca-86l_2015/

    Evergreen Poseidon Squidlaw Second Stage SSSS-86M - 44,280
    http://www.evergreen-fishing.com/goo...2130050_2.html

    Graphiteleader Calamaretti Prototype Tipo-L GOCPLS-862M - 44,000
    http://www.olympic-co-ltd.jp/enfishi...p/GOCPLS-862MH

    Breaden Squidwickedgame LC SWG-LC86shallow/longcast - 41,900
    http://www.breaden.net/rod/lc.html

    Shimano Sephia CI4+ S806M - 37,600
    http://fishing.shimano.co.jp/product/rod/3343

    Major Craft Truzer Eging TZS-862E - 35,000
    http://www.majorcraft.co.jp/english/...sp?mode=id/190

    Graphiteleader Calamaretti 16 GCRS-862M - 28,600
    http://www.olympic-co-ltd.jp/enfishi....php/GCRS-862M

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexgk View Post
    Shimano Sephia CI4+ S806M - 37,600
    http://fishing.shimano.co.jp/product/rod/3343
    I bought this rod in the same model when it was first released and still use it now as my primary eging rod. Still currently the top range Eging rod from Shimano and I'd rate it 9/10. Nice aesthetic design, really like the CI4+ reel seat and its substantially lighter than the majority of Eging rods on the market.

    Its highly sensitive and you can feel the smallest of hits from even from tiny arrows jolt through the rod.

    Action wise, it has a very crisp tip which you can assure that every flick made by the rod will be portrayed directly to the lure in the same way and when it loads up has a nice soft bouncy lower section. All Egi rods are designed this way but I feel like the Sephia CI4+ has a slightly more 'crisp' tip if that makes sense.

    From that list, I'd go with either the Sephia CI4+ or Daiwa Emeraldas or the Megabass Caiyen.

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    my friend and I each bought a 16 calamaretti 802L when it was first released in may/june this year.
    very good rod for its price + made in japan. 86g, torzite guides, quattro blank, very crisp whippy action. So I think the 862M model should be similarly good.

    cant comment on the other rods, but heres my 2c:
    my friend has a sephia ci4+, not bad but most sephia rods are made in china. only the top model (xtune) is made in japan

    cant comment directly on the emmy ags, but my frd has an air ags. very sensitive but you have to be careful as they are more brittle. would u consider the new emmy stoist ags?

    I reckon check out evergreen squidlaw (imperial, not the second stage), i had my hands on one before and it felt amazing.

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    Daiwa Emeraldas AGS 86M SHORE - 49,800
    http://www.daiwaweb.com/jp/fishing/i...ags/index.html

    The Emeraldas are on the most widely used eging rods, the AGS is model with great sensitivity with the guides, crisp blank and great action. If you don't take care of your rods though, the AGS guides are quite fragile. Besides that, they are rigid and feel fantastic.

    Evergreen Poseidon Squidlaw Second Stage SSSS-86M - 44,280
    http://www.evergreen-fishing.com/goo...2130050_2.html

    Haven't seen it in person, but have heard good things about the Squid law series.

    Shimano Sephia CI4+ S806M - 37,600
    http://fishing.shimano.co.jp/product/rod/3343

    Jay uses this model for eging as well as plastics. The rod feels fantastic and works lures quite well. I think that people are drawn towards the Ci4+ concept for this rod.

    Major Craft Truzer Eging TZS-862E - 35,000
    http://www.majorcraft.co.jp/english/...sp?mode=id/190

    Graphiteleader Calamaretti 16 GCRS-862M - 28,600
    http://www.olympic-co-ltd.jp/enfishi....php/GCRS-862M

    I know a fair few people use this rod, but haven't seen the latest 16 version.



    I personally run the JS Company Bixod Eging E4. I find the rod is very well balanced, action is crisp, responsive and is ballsy to the extent that it can almost load up to the handle like a jigging rod. I have caught numerous cuttlefish on it without any issues.

    Here is a video of the rod loading up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEMR0tEIqsw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team.IFL.Jay View Post
    I bought this rod in the same model when it was first released and still use it now as my primary eging rod. Still currently the top range Eging rod from Shimano and I'd rate it 9/10. Nice aesthetic design, really like the CI4+ reel seat and its substantially lighter than the majority of Eging rods on the market.

    Its highly sensitive and you can feel the smallest of hits from even from tiny arrows jolt through the rod.

    Action wise, it has a very crisp tip which you can assure that every flick made by the rod will be portrayed directly to the lure in the same way and when it loads up has a nice soft bouncy lower section. All Egi rods are designed this way but I feel like the Sephia CI4+ has a slightly more 'crisp' tip if that makes sense.

    From that list, I'd go with either the Sephia CI4+ or Daiwa Emeraldas or the Megabass Caiyen.
    I am tempted by this rod Jay as I do own a sephia ci4+ reel... would be an ideal match, probably looking towards the new Shimano Sephia XTUNE though which is made in Japan, not to say shimano's rods manufactured in china aren't high quality either but the new XTUNE looks like quite a stick: http://fishing.shimano.co.jp/product/rod/4569

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    Quote Originally Posted by slamzjr View Post
    my friend and I each bought a 16 calamaretti 802L when it was first released in may/june this year.
    very good rod for its price + made in japan. 86g, torzite guides, quattro blank, very crisp whippy action. So I think the 862M model should be similarly good.

    cant comment on the other rods, but heres my 2c:
    my friend has a sephia ci4+, not bad but most sephia rods are made in china. only the top model (xtune) is made in japan

    cant comment directly on the emmy ags, but my frd has an air ags. very sensitive but you have to be careful as they are more brittle. would u consider the new emmy stoist ags?

    I reckon check out evergreen squidlaw (imperial, not the second stage), i had my hands on one before and it felt amazing.
    They are top quality mate for the price I was very impressed with my quattro I still use, I would probably look to upgrade that rod to the new 16 version (love the new design also) but I can't find them online now all sellers are out of stock??

    Have you felt the Squidlaw Second Stage before? I do like the Imperial and have heard many good things but they're around the $700 mark which is a little over what I wanted to spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team.IFL.Gabriel View Post
    Daiwa Emeraldas AGS 86M SHORE - 49,800
    http://www.daiwaweb.com/jp/fishing/i...ags/index.html

    The Emeraldas are on the most widely used eging rods, the AGS is model with great sensitivity with the guides, crisp blank and great action. If you don't take care of your rods though, the AGS guides are quite fragile. Besides that, they are rigid and feel fantastic.

    Evergreen Poseidon Squidlaw Second Stage SSSS-86M - 44,280
    http://www.evergreen-fishing.com/goo...2130050_2.html

    Haven't seen it in person, but have heard good things about the Squid law series.

    Shimano Sephia CI4+ S806M - 37,600
    http://fishing.shimano.co.jp/product/rod/3343

    Jay uses this model for eging as well as plastics. The rod feels fantastic and works lures quite well. I think that people are drawn towards the Ci4+ concept for this rod.

    Major Craft Truzer Eging TZS-862E - 35,000
    http://www.majorcraft.co.jp/english/...sp?mode=id/190

    Graphiteleader Calamaretti 16 GCRS-862M - 28,600
    http://www.olympic-co-ltd.jp/enfishi....php/GCRS-862M

    I know a fair few people use this rod, but haven't seen the latest 16 version.



    I personally run the JS Company Bixod Eging E4. I find the rod is very well balanced, action is crisp, responsive and is ballsy to the extent that it can almost load up to the handle like a jigging rod. I have caught numerous cuttlefish on it without any issues.

    Here is a video of the rod loading up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEMR0tEIqsw
    Thanks Gabriel, I was also looking at the JS Company Bixod E4 & E2 series, not sure where to purchase from though being Korean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexgk View Post
    Thanks Gabriel, I was also looking at the JS Company Bixod E4 & E2 series, not sure where to purchase from though being Korean?
    We should be getting the rods in roughly 2-3 weeks as a few have been pre ordered already. I'll shoot you a PM when they arrive mate.

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