"I had the chance to fish the trophy waters section at Cherokee for 2 days and had the opportunity to put the Wisco through its paces. It was designed for big fish and i have my doubts that a 5 inch brookie would give me the enjoyment of a much lighter fuller flex rod in that scenario. But those rods would lack the back bone to fight the lunkers that live in the Catch and Release section of the Ravens Fork. I presented everything from dries to heavy weight buggers and the rod felt great with both furled leaders and a long nylon tapered line with 5 ft of tippet. So it was easily tossing everything i could throw at it and i feel confident fighting the fish. Used Rob Robert Worthing 's Tuck move when a 21 incher took of downstream and tried to flatten me out. I was able to hold him in the powerband and control him. Another of my hookups went vertical and caught air 4 times during the fight. Again I had the rod to control this 18 inch rocket. I also tried a 2 hand spey cast as well as laying a heavy weighted bugger between the Rhodos and the Undercut bank and it delivered a soft presentation with a sidearm cast. From steeple chase casts to figure 8's the Wisco maintains its fixed line heritage while pushing a bigger fish envelope...The Wisco is a beefy solid big fish rod that handles big fish well and the extra long cork grip allows for 2 handed fighting of those that need it.
"It's been said that one rod won't fit all fishing scenarios. I am well aware of that fact. All I have to do is look at all the fly rods in my man cave. However, since getting into Tenkara, I may have found that "one" rod. I've been looking at the Badger BAD AXE for a long time and was thrilled that Badger was at Tenkara Jam. It's always good to hold a rod before buying. The BAD AXE is a two position rod from 9'10" to 11'5". I use a 9' furled leader and add tippet. This set up works great at both lengths. What I love about this rod is the sensitivity. With just the slightest movement I can feel the tip. I can make delicate presentations and also throw a two fly rig. Finesse and backbone. Did I mention that it's Green, my favorite color?"