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Rockin' the 10 wt. Pent.!

Sometimes just casting a rod can make an angler happy. This is especially good when you are steelheading, and they ain't biting. And this is especially true with Jerry Kustich's latest creation, a 9', 10 wt, 3 pc., pentagonal powerhouse.

Dave sent this prototype rod last week, for me to try out on my excursions looking for Chromeheads. I called the shop and B.S.ed with Jerry about the rod, before casting it on the lawn. Jerry suggested a 10 wt. line, however I had 9, 11 and 12 wt. lines to choose from. Somehow I missed stocking up on the appropriate line. Oops. Late last year, I mentioned I needed a big rod for salmon and Steelhead fishing. I didn't really need it for the fish (I had handled a 15 lb. Coho with a 6/7wt., and on one special occasion, a 20 lb. Steelhead with a 5 wt.), but I wanted some muscle to throw heavy flies and additional weight. Many of the runs I plan on fishing are deep and strong.

The rod that showed up at my door was a Pentagon rod -- I had expected a six or eight-sided rod, something more traditional in large rod sizes. However, Jerry was experimenting with the Pent. designs and wanted to see what they could do in the larger sizes. "I think it will cast a ten, but let me know what you think," Jerry told me before hanging up the phone. "I'd like to hear what you have to say."

After a couple lawn-cast sessions and a week of fishing for Chromeheads in Oregon, this is what I have to say, "I love it!"

I'm not just saying that. Again, I used a 9 wt. line to test it with, and think a 10 would better suit the rod, but I was able to cast small flies, large flies, and lots of weight anywhere from 20 feet to 100 feet away. My first test casts were easily going 80 feet with no hulling. Once I figured out this rod could cast, I pulled all the line off (100 feet), plus about 10 feet of backing off. I paced off 102 feet twice, and 99 feet several times. It was dark out, I couldn't see what I was doing, but I was still able to cast 100 feet with little effort.

On the river, I could shoot line with great accuracy, mend and roll-cast like a pro. Oh wait. I am a pro... What does that mean then? Anyway, it is a sweetheart of a rod, that shows Sweetgrass and the Boo Boys of Sweetgrass are always creating rods meant to raise eyebrows and fish with passion. Below is a step-by-step cast illustration to show the rod working in my latest yard session. Note the very tight loop in picture number seven! This is a great example of the loop control that can be had with pents. I am able to make wider loops when tossing several flies and weight (to reduce knots and collisions with rod), or punch it just a bit and let the line fly through the guides for pin-point accuracy. Man it feels good.

1) Loading her up with a back hull.

2) Punching her forward, while Ariell checks for gophers.

3) Continuing forward.

4) Forward still.

5) Beginning to make the loop.

6) Loop manufacture continued.

7) I don't think you can make a loop much tighter than this! Oh my goodness.

8) Lettin' 'er fly.

9) "Oh you want more line? There you go!"

10) That was nice. I think I'll do 'er again!

Jerry, you rock.

In Wild Waters,

Zac Sexton

The Meandering Boo Boy

A Valentine's kiss (from a fish of course!)
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