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The purpose of the trip was to decide whether to replace my Tenryu Rayz RZ4102B-UL with a Tenryu Rayz Spectra RZS51LL-BC. I have felt for a long time that in order to become truly proficient at casting, I would have to pick one rod and fish only that rod. You may not have that limitation. I'm sure there are anglers who can pick up any rod, practice for a few minutes and start putting lures into paper-plate sized targets with regularity. Not me.
The Tenryu Rayz Spectra RZS51LL spinning rod and baitcaster are made on the same blank. Other than the grip and the guides, they're the same rod. I love my Spectra RZS51LL. The question was whether I would love a Spectra RZS51LL-BC enough to replace my existing baitcaster.
The Smith Multiyouse spinning rods were introduced in early 2020, with the baitcasters added to the series in early 2021. The "Multi" is a reference to multiple situations in which you would use the rod and also to multi-piece rods, as each rod in the series is a 3, 4 or 5 piece rod designed for convenient packing and travel.
The "youse" is less clear. I suppose it could signify use, as in multiple uses for the rods, but then again whoever named it may have gone to college in Philadelphia, and it could mean that all "youse guys" need this rod.
I must make a confession, I'm prejudiced against rods with skeleton handles and solid tips. The Shimano Cardiff Exlead S57UL/R-GS has both!
I have 3 JDM rods that have very functional and comfortable skeleton handles. There not as beautiful as the Tenyru handles, but in many ways I find them more functional. The handle on the Exlead is very comfortable and functional.
After testing several very ultra light rods, and even building one, have finally I found what I have been looking for? I can answer the question with a resounding yes!
I have had the chance to fish the Daiwa Presso ST 56XUL for the past two weeks. Chris' review is of the 4-piece rod. I fished the 2-piece rod.
I own the Daiwa Iprimi 60XUL-4. I also compared the rod to the Shimano Cardiff Exlead S57SUL/R-GS. I'll just say it, you really do get what you pay for. The Presso ST is in between the other two rods. I was able to fish the Presso ST in a pond, a spring,and a creek.
Fishing this rod is a real joy.
About a month ago I received a Daiwa Presso Eve spoon in Gold Dust that weighs 1.2 grams and a Daiwa Presso Eve Gekiatsu spoon in Gold Dust that weighs 2.5 grams. These two spoons are the same size and shape. The only difference is the thickness of the metal. The Gekiatsu at 2.5 grams looks as thick as a brick! To be honest, I had really gravitated to fishing spinners most of the time. I fished 3 of the "Area" ponds close to where I live over the last three weeks. I've been able to do a lot of fishing, so I'm a happy guy!
The Daiwa Presso ST 53XUL-4 is a rod I have awaited eagerly. I first learned in August that Daiwa was planning to produce it. I ordered one immediately and a few more days later. They just came, in December, right before a blizzard blew in. I've had the Presso ST 56XUL in the shop for a while now, but it is the 53XUL-4 that has me excited.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.