#7   Douglas DXF  9 foot #5       $349.00

Douglas DXF

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Douglas DXF


George's Comments

I’ve liked this rod a lot since it’s introduction last year.  Douglas is a new company in New York, and at present these rods are built in Korea.  But Douglas has plans to roll their own rods in their plant in NY at some point in the future.  This is my pick as the best mid-priced rod.  The Pro 4X is close but it’s heavier swing weight hurt it.  The DXF performs as well as rods over double the price! For a less expensive rod, the DXF is surprisingly light in both overall weight and swing weight and this makes it very pleasant to cast.  The action is right on the money.  Both accuracy and feel are good at all distances. 

I especially like the cosmetics of this rod.  It is a medium green, but with a flat, non-glare finish.  Darker green wraps are used and finished nicely, giving the rod an elegant appearance.  A nice western style grip is used along with a nice aluminum double uplock reel seat and attractive burled wood insert.  Guides are one SiC stripper and then hard chrome snake guides the rest of the way to the tiptop.     


George’s Casting Notes:   The perfect line: S. A.  MPX in WF-5-F.

Performance at 25 feet:  19 points out of 20

Nice light feel in my hand, and very good accuracy.   This rod has lots of feel in close. 

Performance at 45 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Pretty good feel, but both the Pro 4X and Aetos were better at mid-range.  

Performance at 70 feet:  18 points out of 20

Ok, but again the Pro 4X throws nicer, tighter loops out long.


#10. - Douglas DXF  9'#5   $349 - 52.5 /60

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James' Comments

The DXF is the stiffer brother to the DHF.  Both are good but the DXF is a little faster and better suited as an all-around rod.  Douglas also has a new rod coming out for 2016, but at the time of testing it was still unfinished.  The DXF would be an excellent choice for guides or for anglers on a budget that want to fish dries, nymphs, and a streamer here and there.  

Jamie’s Casting Notes with a Scientific Angler MPX WF-5-F line.

Performance at 25 feet:  17 out of 20  
This rod is quite accurate but I wasn’t getting the smooth feel that other rods like the Scott G2, Tom Morgan, Radian, or NRX LP had. 

Performance at 45 feet:  17.5 out of 20  
Better at this distance and actually a good rod.  There are just too many great rods in the shootout to compare to.

Performance at 70 feet:  18 out of 20  
Now the DXF is feeling more in its element.  I can acheive tight loops and the rod carries a lot of line in the air with its stiffer backbone.  Not bad!

Douglas DXF

Douglas DXF


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Logan's Comments

The DXF is back in the shootout and is still as good as it was in 2015.  I actually liked it better this year.  It was performing very well in the breeze.  Great feel and look.  Nothing overly fancy about this rod but a price we can all live with for solid performance. 

Logan's casting notes: 52 out of 60

Performance at 25 feet: 17 points out of 20

I hated this rod last year at in close, but not this year.  It was presenting the fly much better.  I was consistent and hitting the plate on occasion.  The Douglas DXF is better at medium distances like 35-45 feet.

Performance at 45 feet: 18 points out of 20

The Douglas DXF was much better at 45 feet.  I would fish this rod with confidence at this distance.  The DXF showed a vast improvement at 45 feet over 25 feet.

Performance at 70 feet: 17 points out of 20

The DXF could get it there but I wasn’t casting this rod as accurately as the best rods.


12.  (tie)  Douglas DXF - 53

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Josh's Comments

The DXF is another new rod from the guys at Douglas Outdoors.  I thought that it was a pretty good rod at the medium to longer distances.  I really think that Douglas is going to be a big player in the rod market once they get a few minor kinks worked out. 

Performance at 25 feet: 17 points out of 20   My immediate reaction was it felt stiff into the third section of the rod.   Due to the stiffer tip, I felt that this made it more difficult to get precise, delicate presentations than with the other rods tested.  Accuracy was good but not great.

Performance at 45 feet: 18 points out of 20  Better, but still not great.  This rod is built for an angler that uses a fast casting stroke. After adjusting my casting stroke I was able to control the loops and accuracy better.

Performance at 70 feet: 18 points out of 20  At this distance the DXF feels great and is one of the better rods for hitting the 70’ mark.  The power of the stiffer tip comes into play and I was getting nice tight loops. The rod also tracked extremely well.

#13. (tie) Douglas DXF - 51/60

Douglas DXF

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JG's Comments

Let me start off by saying I own a Douglas DXF 590 and after fishing it I have a few things I really like about it and I found some spots that could use improvement. The DXF is a really good looking rod at a great price.  I really like the color of the blank and reel seat and the wraps really finish it off nicely.  It was a good performer for me and I noticed that I liked it better if I choked up on the grip a little bit.   

Performance at 25 feet:   16 points out of 20

At 25 feet the DXF left a little to be desired.  It was a little stiff and it just felt unresponsive.  I had to guess where my casts were going to land but its light enough and the grip works. 

Performance at 45 feet:   18 points out of 20

At 45 feet I like this rod a lot, it did have an interesting feel though.  It had a lot of power and the accuracy was good I just didn’t get a lot of feedback out of it.  It reminded me a lot of riding a pair of really damp skis.

Performance at 70 feet:   17 points out of 20

At 70 feet the DXF is still a really good performer.  It doesn’t have the ability to pick up and lay right back out like some rods but throw a haul in there, get some line speed going and it’s not too much of a chore to throw tight accurate loops.