Gear Review: Rapala Husky XTP Spinning Combo

rapala-2If you’re looking for an affordable, general-purpose spinning combo, check out the all-new Rapala XTP Split Grip rod-and-reel combos.

These medium power, medium action, cork-handled two-piece rods are well-balanced with a smooth and light spinning reel. The reel features a 5.1:1 retrieve ratio, an aluminum spool, multi-point anti-reverse and precision gears and three-bearings that are of a quality that seems beyond the price point. Line capacities (pound-test/yards) are 6/140, 8/80, 10/65 — though with this setup it would be hard to imagine using anything heavier than six-pound-test. The rod — available in either 6’ or 6’6” in the split-grip model — leans towards the stiff side, but most anglers will find it suitable for most freshwater species and even some saltwater ones! It casts well and walks the line between stout and sensitive. As said, this is a general-purpose rig; not perfect for all situations, but can handle just about any situation. It will be as at-home tossing spoons for coho on the coast as it is with topwater baits for Manitoba bass… and anything that lies between. Plus, its cool split-grip design looks like it costs a lot more than the price tag of about $35.

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