Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g lure rod review - £279.99 UK RRP, but they are on offer at £199.99 until current stocks run out
It’s pretty bloody obvious that I’ve got a very serious issue with lure fishing rods, but if there is one thing that all this rod testing/playing around with has done for me, it’s to seriously nail how a lure rod needs to be for me to really, really like it. I like a number of different rods, but I really, really like only a few - I knew I was going to at least like this brand new Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g lure rod from the very first waggle I had with it on the Art of Fishing stand at this year’s European Sport Fishing Show, but what do I think now I have actually fished with it?
Crumbs, or words to that effect. If we were to meet up and you were to ask me to pick the one 9’6’’ lure fishing rod that is available off the shelf here in the UK and essentially suits me perfectly, then as of November 2018 I’d show you this new Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g lure rod. I am trying my best to be a grownup reviewer and find a fault or two with this lure fishing rod, but I can’t, indeed if a fishing tackle company could get inside my head and build me a 9’6’’ lure fishing rod for how I go about a huge amount of my lure fishing for bass here and over in Ireland then they’d end up making a rod like this one that I am reviewing here. Yep, I really, really like this rod, and if I didn’t own the best 9’6’’ lure rod I have ever come across and I was in the market for one then I’d be seriously contemplating dropping my cash on this one. This Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g lure rod is from Tailwalk’s “Borderless” range of lure rods, and via some dodgy Google translate my understanding is that these lure rods are designed to cover all kinds of lure fishing based on the weights of lures you might use and the length of rod you might like.
And at the “on offer” price of £199.99 it is in my humble opinion a complete steal how much rod you are getting for the money, indeed I think that when compared to other lure rods out there it’s still fantastic value for money at the £279.99 price I believe it will go back up to when current stocks run out and another order is put in by those purveyors of fine lure fishing filth at the Art of Fishing tackle shop in Wadebridge. I don’t mean in any way to belittle spending around £200 on something, rather that I think for what you are getting this lure fishing rod represents a serious bargain.
Now of course it goes without saying that we all like different fishing rods, but I would also suggest that you and I are more than likely into different kinds of lure rods than we might have been a while back - and to me a lot of this comes about from how we learn more about lure fishing for bass and how our methods and techniques naturally evolve and change. With how much I fish with soft plastics these days for example, I can’t help it that my opinions on lure fishing rods around the specs of something like this “Max 35g” Tailwalk rod will naturally be based around how said rod fishes with soft plastics - and then onto the other lures I’d fish with………...
I have never understood it when some anglers say that a rod designed for soft plastics needs a soft tip on it, but then I also don’t want a poker of a rod that feels dead in the hands. Give me a rod somewhere around 8’ to 9’6’’ long and rated up to say 30g or 35g like this one and if the tip on it doesn’t feel right to me when I am working a 6’’ OSP DoLive Stick rigged weedless and weightless then I am most likely going to leave the rod alone. I then need the rod to feel just right when working a bunch of different surface lures, whacking various hard lures, and then bumping something like a Fiiish Black Minnow around. Rightly or wrongly I expect a 9’6’’ rod rated to cast lures up to 35g to be as close to a “do as much as possible” style of lure rod whilst obviously accepting that I am not going to be fishing in a raging surf and blasting 50g metals on a lure rod like this. Horses for courses and all that.
I want a lure rod like this to be as light and responsive as possible. I want it to sit in my hands and feel like it’s all working together when I am fishing, and this Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g is just that type of lure fishing rod to me. For how I’d use a lure rod like this and for what I’d expect it to cope with, this thing is just frigging sublime - wonderfully crisp and steely and light and responsive. I love the handle, I like Fuji stainless SIC guides, and overall it seems to be very well built. The only potential issue could be the grip on the end of the butt section as per the photo above - five minutes with the rod and it feels perfectly normal, but I guess the minimal size and design could be a marmite thing. To me it suits the design and feel of the rod.
I have absolutely belted one of Mark’s 32g Kilty Catcher metal lures on it and I have turned into a strong wind and wound a rather interesting surface lure up with no worries at all - the 30g Daiwa Morethan Scouter 110S (110mm, 30g, and wow does this thing get out there and I am really interested to see how over time it might do against the larger Patchinko which I know is a killer surface lure but it’s increasingly annoying me how a lure this expensive doesn’t seem to be made very well). For sure this rod can cast up to 35g if you need to, but you wouldn’t be buying a lure rod like this if all you wanted to do with it was fish 35g lures. It’s the same with all these kinds of rods - there’s a sweet spot, and to me this outstanding Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g is at its most responsive with lures up to about the 30g mark, and with how well it fishes a DoLive Stick or some of the smaller hard lures then I’d suggest it’s hugely versatile and perfectly suited to how so many of us go about our shore based lure fishing for bass. Wow.
And so you know, there are a bunch of EGinn rods in this new range of Tailwalk Borderless rods, and most of them seem to be on offer here in the UK at the moment - check here and here. I waggled a bunch of them at the recent fishing show and there are some incredibly impressive rods in there. Please bear in mind though that just because you might have two rods from two different companies but with the same sort of specs, it doesn’t then mean that the two rods are the same. Without a doubt I’d describe this Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g lure rod as a “precision” kind of lure rod, whereas something like the similar specced Apia Grandage 96ML 9’6’’ 7-28g (review here) is to me far more of a “rough and tumble” kind of lure rod. Does that make sense? Both rods will do a huge amount of our lure fishing, but I’d tend to take the Tailwalk over the APIA because I think the added “precision” of the Tailwalk better suits soft plastics and lighter surface lures like the killer Whiplash Factory Spittin’ Wire, whereas I’d take the APIA over the Tailwalk if I fished say the bigger Patchinko or bouncier north coast conditions more of the time - and so on.
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