#14-tie    LTS  Zalt           9 foot #8           $625.00

LTS Zalt

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LTS Zalt

The Zalt is somewhat similar to the Explosive in terms of the components.  But this rod is bright silver with matching silver wraps.  I think the color is so bright that I’d be reluctant to wave this in the air casting to spooky bonefish.  For those brave enough to use it, you will find a rod that is bit softer than the Explosive which makes it cast better at short range, but at long distances, it runs out of gas.   

 

Like the LTS Explosive, the craftsmanship is excellent.  A full wells grip is used and the reel seat is double uplocking affair, similar to the Explosive, other than the fact that it is silver anodized to match the rod color.  The open design allows you to see the blank.  The same nice extension butt with a large rubber butt cap is used.   Two SiC stripping guides are used and the rest are hard chrome snakes.  I see that they label this rod an 8/9 but you sure won’t want to use a #9 line on it.  The Explosive is a lot stiffer.

 

George’s casting notes:

 

Performance at 35 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Decent accuracy and better than the stiffer Explosive, but the Pro 4X and Recon were far better in close.

 

Performance at 60 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Smooth enough with pretty good accuracy but this rod was a lot heavier in my hand than the Recon.

 

Performance at 80 feet: 18 points out of 20

At long range this rod lacks the power to get it done.

 

Performance at 100 feet: 17 points out of 20

No way, unless you have a tailwind...

 

 

 

 

James Anderson:

#12   LTS Zalt      9’#8       $625       68/80

LTS Zalt

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Another good rod faced against some serious competition.  The main issues I had with the Zalt was its heavy swing weight and stiff tip.  I could see it being a good rod for beginners as it is difficult to make this rod throw a tailing loop.  But the extra weight and lack of feel is going to leave it in the dust when compared to the Meridian that gets the same job done effortlessly.   

 

Performance at 35 feet:  17 points out of 20 The Zalt feels heavier and slower in action than other rods.  Accuracy is decent but I’m not getting the same feel as I do out of the lighter, faster tipped rods.  

Performance at 60 feet:  17 points out of 20 Again, the Zalt will get the job done but its lack of feel doesn’t quite get me excited about casting it compared to the others.  

Performance at 80 feet:  17 points out of 20 No doubt this rod has a good amount of power, but the extra swing weight makes it exzausting to cast.

Hit the Hun?  17 points out of 20 Yes, but I’m looking forward to some Advil. 


 

Capt. Jamie Allen:

#12 (tie) LTS Zalt 

LTS Zalt

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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) LTS Zalt         55/60  

LTS Zalt

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Silver in color, OK rod, Mid-flex type rod, accuracy just so-so.