**Ninja/travel game leveled up**

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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Gone Phishin » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:40 am

Right on man! 8-)

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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Cristo » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:41 am

Some additional shots, really love the real wood finish on the the handle assembly on the Dragoon, time will tell how she holds up but I imagine it will age well :-k Some shots of the beautiful spiral raw blanks on both, side note the blanks are way different glass/graphite mix wise as well as finish from the shorter 6'1" and 6'6" World Expedition rods and the first series of Valkyrie rods.
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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Cristo » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:50 am

Some additional shots :big grin: As per technology the Triza Dragoon is ridiculously light for its lure and line ratings IMHO, really amazing slim taper and over all build 8-) First impressions that it will be my 5" Spark Shad rod weightless and weighted. I haven't tested it yet as I don't have the line quite yet but I've loaded the Tatula 300HL with 65 lb Power Pro and feels really nice for my biggest swimbaits that will probably be thrown on it which is the eight inch bull shad and 7in bull Gill.
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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Cristo » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:52 am

Last couple for now
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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Cristo » Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:30 am

I got the the Triza Dragoon out on the water last night from shore @ the "Can" as it is too damn hot to be slinging a Kayak around. I remember days of past being able to tough it out :crying:

Anyway I mentioned 40lb PP but decided 50lb Marine Blue Super Slick was the way to go. Knotted up a 6/0-1/4oz weighted Super line spring lock by Gamakatsu with a 5" spark shad. I had the "Regular Tip" mounted.

All in all a pretty fun rod although it took me a bit to really dial in the Ryoga 1520HL. I didn't get the load I was hoping to more effortlessly launch the bait, she wants more weight to load I feel. Once I dialed the whole rig in I feel I was getting decent distance but hard to tell for sure at night as my headlamp has limited range. The sensitivity is what you would expect I feel. I was definitely able to discern hard structure from say sand/silt and incoming vegetation which it looks like another season without much(that is a lot of seasons I have personally noticed we in AZ have been lacking seriously for a number of years). I definitely feel it has the power to set the hook with this lure/hook combination. I also can say she definitely wants more weight to load properly catapult style! I feel the 5" bull Gill would more than likely been a sweet spot for this rod in this configuration :-k

I had some attacks but I think they were over zealous little bucks which couldn't quite manage to get a hold of the bait properly.

Next is to test the fast tip and see if that aids in better casting for the 5" spark shad and 6/0 hook set up. I feel maybe the fast tip is what I need to load this particular weight better for a better and more effortlessly bait launch. The regular tip may be reserved for the obvious bigger profile bait/swimbait to a degree, but again the Fast tip may be an overall better matched with the Spark Shad and my hook of choice currently.

One thing is the dang handle is awfully thin, great length but my d*ck slappers need something more to fill out my palm better, even for a travel rod it needs proper fit in general. It may also have to do with the Ryoga being a bit beefier profile although I feel tight/smaller for a round reel. Maybe a low profile reel is better suited(maybe a Zillion 10, depending of line capacity) Beyond that so far she is a damn fine specimen 8-)

I had well over a hundred or so casts and I checked the ferrule spigot connections every so often, I didn't have to adjust or tighten but once and it was very very miniscule. Generally I feel it is always imperative to check as in general and depending on how hard you are fishing you tend to have to adjust and tighten to be sure every connection is snug(if not you can guess the results, flying rod ninja weapon)

I think with some more playing around and figuring out what she's really capable of I feel she'll be one well used rod :-k
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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Cristo » Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:29 am

Okay got out again finally and did a relaxing trip last night. Switched from shore and yak, although the wind later say around 11ish was too much at the "Can". In any case I was once again able to get the Triza Dragoon out this time mounted with the Fast Tip. As pleasantly expected the "5 spark shad and 6/0 swimbait hook combination was a lot more enjoyable to sling. I didn't get so much as a sniff but I essentially went when it was in between storms. Regardless I caught the much needed relaxation and time with the Dragoon. I feel the fast tip was very enjoyable and I was able too more effortlessly cast that bait combination, definitely more pleasing. I also changed up how I grip and the thin handle isn't so much an issue, I personally just have to mind my grip style when at least using a Ryoga 1520HL with it. Couple shots of tip and a shot of the sunset and moon rise.
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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by robxc80 » Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:10 pm

I’ve been eyeing those Valkerie‘s and am wondering if they would double as inshore saltwater sticks for travel. Nobody I speak tk seems to know. Was curious what your thoughts were and what line class these rods feel like.

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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by Cristo » Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:18 am

Check out my swimbait post. It is long winded as hell, but I have some choice words for the 7'11" toward the end of page 10 it looks like. I will probably pull the trigger on another specimen possibly the 8' or drop down and get that 7'8"(that is is supposedly similar to the White Python in how it behaves) but I'm also really into Megabass travel rods so take that into consideration, I am also super fan of The Valkyrie series since it’s inception(wish I didn't let the 7'6" XXH go) I am over the moon MB made the latest line into 4 piece travel configurations and they are so far absolutely fun and interesting builds that will get the job done no doubt 8-)

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Re: **Ninja/travel game leveled up**

Post by robxc80 » Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:32 pm

Thank you. I’ve been getting into travel rods as well and have a couple of st croix legend treks but these megabass rods are so much nicer. Picked up the Thunderbird and Dragoon for a coming lake fork trip and was looking around for a travel rod that can handle a 30-40lb weight class for ocean fishing for yellowtail/amberjack as well as double as a travel boat rod for when I go on vacations to the tropics. Phenix had the redeye line but would rather have a 8’ rod vs a 7’. Wondering if the 80XXH would work for that. Love our review by the way.

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