Rainshadow has made top of the line 2-piece popping rod blanks for a while now, they have a ton of power and have a great action for working poppers as well as the added benefit of being able to be broken down for travel. Since we like the two piece design so much we decided to get them wrapped both in spinning and conventional guide layouts since these are very useful rods for all sorts of applications where travel length is a concern. The lighter 80MH model is rated 30-60lb and we think it will fish every bit of that, the tip is light enough to cast smaller jigs and lures while the backbone gives you enough pulling power to bring in some bigger fish. The heavier 80H model is rated 50-100lb and we think it will be a great 60lb and 80lb heavy casting and bait setup in the conventional layout, while still being an excellent popping rod for the biggest 6-12oz poppers in the spinning layout.
These rods come with Alps aluminum reel seats so you never have to worry about your reels coming off. Both rods feature Alps stainless guides which are corrosion resistant and braid ready so you won’t have any issues with casting or winding your line through. We chose to use EPDM soft foam grips which are both comfortable to grip but also long enough to spread your arms out to cast. When broken down the longest piece is a bit under 67″ and the shorter piece is about 34″ so it will fit in a 6ft rod case for travel, and if you ever need to ship these across the country you won’t be hit with crazy oversize fees since these have an overall length of 8 feet.
|MODEL||APPLICATION||LENGTH||PCS.||LINE WT.||LURE WT.||ACTION||POWER|
|RTP80MH||3-6oz. Small to medium poppers||8’0″||2||30-60lb.||3-6oz.||MOD-F||MH|
|RTP80H||6-12oz. Medium to Magnum sized poppers||8’0″||2||50-100lb.||6-12oz.||MOD-F||H|