#15   Douglas DXF           9 foot #8          $395.00

Douglas DXF

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Douglas DXF

I loved the Douglas DXF rod as a 5-weight, but I’m a lot less enthusiastic about it’s big 8-weight brother. For one thing, the 8-weight just didn’t have the power needed to perform well at the longer distances.  I do like the cosmetics with it’s flat, non-glare green finish with black guide wraps.  This is a very handsome rod.  The craftsmanship is excellent.  At present these rods are being built in the orient, but we hear rumors that Douglas has plans to produce them at their plant in western New York, in the future. 

 

For components, Douglas uses a comfortable full wells design cork grip and an anodized double lock, uplocking seat with a green color that compliments the rod.  A short extension butt, with a large diameter contrasting cork butt cap is used.  The guides are two SiC strippers and the rest hard chrome snake guides. 

 

George’s casting notes:

 

Performance at 35 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Just so-so.  Not much feel and only fair accuracy.

 

Performance at 60 feet:  17 points out of 20

Didn’t want to track well in a breeze and the accuracy suffered.

 

Performance at 80 feet: 16.5 points out of 20

Even worse at long range.   The lack of stiffness hurts here.

 

Performance at 100 feet: 16 points out of 20

Forget it, unless your last name is Rajeff.

 

 

 

James Anderson:

#12 Douglas DXF      9’#8      $395       68/80

Douglas DXF

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Seeing how well the 5-weight DXF did in our 5-weight shootout we were all looking forward to casting this rod.  In hindsight I really wish we could have tested their new and improved Douglas Sky instead of the DXF.  Unfortunately the time frame didn’t work out, and neither did the 8-weight DXF.

 

Performance at 35 feet:  17 points out of 20 Not too light, not that accurate, not much feel… nothing more to say here.

Performance at 60 feet:  17 points out of 20 In comparison to other rods the DXF feels heavy and not very pleasing to cast.  

Performance at 80 feet:  17 points out of 20 I would have thought the DXF would start feeling better at longer distances but it still feels vague.

Hit the Hun?  17 points out of 20  Nope.  Too heavy and the energy just doesn’t transfer well through the rod no matter how hard you try to cast it.

 

 

 

Capt. Jamie Allen:

#12 (tie) Douglas DXF

Douglas DXF

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Both rods (LTS Zalt and Douglas DXF) have a nice fit and finish.  They cast well.  But for the money they would not be my first choice.

 


Capt. Skip Zink:
#9 (tie) Douglas DXF         55/60

Douglas DXF

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OK rod, feels good enough but there are better choices for the money.