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Old 25-01-2018, 05:04 AM
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Samurai Kestrel 17 or 20 lb

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Just had a shop floor play with the Kestrel. Feeling it, though trying to decide between the 10-17lb (351) and 10-20lb (402).
Like the balnce of the 17lb more.
Keen to here people's experiences with it and what the 17lb or 20lb can handle.
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Old 25-01-2018, 06:08 AM
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Gday,

Just had a shop floor play with the Kestrel. Feeling it, though trying to decide between the 10-17lb (351) and 10-20lb (402).
Like the balnce of the 17lb more.
Keen to here people's experiences with it and what the 17lb or 20lb can handle.
They both have the VSS seat, yeah? I had one of the heavier models and it felt just a tad overrated in terms of line class so depending on the intended application I'd probably aim for a line class above advertised, but that's just me.
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Old 25-01-2018, 09:52 PM
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I had one of the heavier models and it felt just a tad overrated in terms of line class so depending on the intended application I'd probably aim for a line class above advertised, but that's just me.
This.

I still haven't used my 25-40lb Kestrel, but in hand, it feels just a tad heavier than my MB RC OZ 6-20lb. Definitely feels light for a max 40lb rod.
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Old 25-01-2018, 10:11 PM
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That was my initial impression, that the 10-17 lb felt like a 3-6 kg in the tip. Some of the product reviews suggest it's got lower section grunt.

Essentially a versatile rod that's got power without being a pool cue, so can still use for jacks/snaps in a pinch.
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Old 26-01-2018, 12:42 AM
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I could definitely load mine to the hilt, they're a very comfortable rod to fight fish with. I did notice that the 10-17lb is listed as having an extra fast action, when the rest of the range is only fast, so I'd expect the tip section to be very light in comparison.
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Old 30-01-2018, 01:29 AM
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I think both would be quite nice, I have had the 25-40lb in the old Samurai Reaction and I thought the 25lb version was very nice as well. But the 7ft 25-40lb Kestrel looks perfect for me, and I`ll be grabbing one of those in the near future. Depends if you want 1 pc or 2, both your options are different?



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Old 30-01-2018, 03:20 PM
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mate, i got a kestrel 402 matched up to a Stella SW 5000.
Balances perfect, but is alot softer than most other 10-20lb rods.
I mainly use it for 120mm Sugarpens, hard the get the action wrong with this rod.
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Used my 40lb model this morning for the first time and was casting 45g poppers from the yak. No fish but such an awesome rod in terms of casting
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