Over the past 3 – 5 years the fishing industry has become exhausted with new fishing rod companies and has almost confused the consumer. That being said, the best thing about having all of these different choices, is it allows us to figure out exactly what type or rod we need, whether it be a casting or spinning rod, a flipping stick or finesse stick; the right rod is definitely out there for us.
Technique specific rods paired up with different actions have also really kicked the doors open, as we can now have a rod for; drop shot, shaky heads, tubes, cranks, spinnerbaits and more. Although technique specific rods are popular, most of the rod companies highlight features such as; a featherlite feeling, micro guides and split grip handles. A newer rod company out of Florida, Halo Fishing, offers all of the above, but rather than focusing on the most common features, they decided to tweak the action of their rods to be quite a bit different than other companies.
With the help of Randal Tharp and JT Kenney, Halo has been able to launch a line of fishing rods that are like no other. Sure, Halo offers all the neat features including a featherlite final product, but according to Randal Tharp, you have not used a rod with similar action to Halo.
“The action on Halo rods is like nothing I’ve used before,” explains Tharp. “Their 7’11 flipping stick bends from the handle up, rather than other rods that have 2/3 backbone and than a softer tip. There is an adjustment period for sure, but once you get used to how the rod loads up and the fact that you don’t have to set the hook as hard as you do with other rods, it’s a really nice rod to use. When you are flipping thick heavy cover like we do in Florida, we are using heavy braid and the rod bending at the handle allows for a little give rather than a rod with all backbone and no stretch 80lb braid.”
Based in Florida, Halo has had the benefit of testing their rods on some of messiest, thickest cover in the country, not to mention setting the hook on some of the largest bass in the world. “Halo uses a mix of different graphite, depending on the model,” says Tharp. “They are by far the lightest and strongest rods I have used and they have a really unique action. During the design and testing phase, Halo tried a selection of different rods tips before they settled; they really wanted to ensure everything was perfect. The other great thing I think anyways about Halo is their price point. The top of the line Twilite rod retails for $149, but they have the features of more expensive rods. The Daylite series, which is Halo’s entry level series is available at Walmart and is as good as any rod I’ve used before.”
Ranging from $79 – $149, Halo Fishing offers both Casting and Spinning rods in a wide selection of different lengths and actions. If you are teetering on the chance of swapping out the old for the different, have a closer look at Halo Fishing.