I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this rod for a long time! I’m by no means a ‘glass guru or, for that matter, a rod guru. I like fishing and am an equal-opportunity abuser of gear. If you’re reading this in hopes of some super technical review of the Bad Ass Glass rod, I’m sorry. It’s a really fun rod! If that doesn’t do it for you, I’m sure in no time someone will review this rod in all its glory using big words and poetic prose…but for me it’s just a hell of a lot of fun.
I’m a bass dude and when I heard of this rod a while back, I thought immediately of late spring days on the Lower Colorado River ripping top water flies the size of Volkswagens off the bank for river bass. Before I had even purchased it, I had already limited it to a conditions-specific rod and application.
The rod was purchased the day it became available (I think) and was in my hands sooner than I thought. The problem was that it ain’t spring time yet.
We’re pretty fortunate here in Central Texas as we don’t really have an off season, except for maybe August and September when it’s just too damn hot (except for early morning quickies, but we have short memories and will usually spend way more time in the heat than we should). Right now when most folks are tying flies and thinking about fishing here in Texas, the fishing is great. We’re not casting Volkswagen poppers, but it’s productive just the same. We’re dredging with sinking line and crawfish patterns, which we all know isn’t what ‘glass rods do. Right?
About five minutes after the rod had been delivered I was in the front yard casting the blue monster with some beater line and immediately knew I had put this rod in a category it definitely didn’t need to be in. You feel it…even casting in the front yard I felt the rod load in the cork (which is what you’d expect) but what got me was how I had completely forgotten about my spring popper days and was going to need to get this beast on the water ASAP…with some sinking line. The balance of fun ‘fiberglassey’ awesomeness and power is unlike anything I’ve ever casted. Like, “put your thumb into it and bomb some line out power”. Way more backbone than what I was expecting with power that is easily accessible. When I leaned into it, it didn’t invert (ok…one sort of technical word) which, from previous ‘glass experience, I was expecting it to do. So away went the floating line and on went an Airflo Streamer Max sinking line with a big ugly Ghetto craw. “Honey do’s” were rearranged and the boat was made ready for some fishing.
There is so much power in this rod without losing the fun that fiberglass is so good at providing. It had no problem carrying the heavier line and, truth be told, was easier to cast than some of the other rods I have dedicated to winter time dragging and snagging. I didn’t have to constantly tell myself “slow down dummy, it’s ‘glass” as I’ve had to do in the past. The rod told me what it needed without much thought on my part, which is good.
My new problem is going be not becoming “that guy” with this fiberglass rod. It’s not my first glass rod, I’ve got a few and I love them for very specific reasons. This one is different. This rod will be seeing a lot more water than I had originally thought it would. Chasing Red fish down on the Texas Coast? Yup. Ripping huge streamers for hungry brown trout on the White River this winter? Absolutely! And eventually yes, Volkswagen sized plugs for rowdy river bass this coming spring. Looking forward to abusing this rod all year long!
Get out there!
Winston Cundiff is an ECHO Pro Staffer based out of Austin, Texas. He guides for a variety of species for All Water Guides (https://allwaterguides.com/), also out of Austin. When not on the water, you can find him saving lives as a paramedic for Central Texas EMS and spending time with his family.