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#10978268 - 07/15/15 09:53 AM extra fast vs fast taper
bFROG5 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/24/15
Posts: 518
Loc: Fort Worth, TX.
hey guys, i clearly understand the concept of taper, but as far as fast vs extra fast tapers do any of you have better experience with one over the other?
I know that extra fast is said to have more sensitivity but may present difficulties in keeping the fish hooked, but does extra fast really have that much more sensitivity than a fast taper??
Does anyone have experience or knowledge with both that can share their preference??
Ive fished both and it didnt really seem to make a diff to me.
this is for MH and H rods.
Matthew 4:19

#10978305 - 07/15/15 10:16 AM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: bFROG5]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 5545
Loc: DFW
I don't think it makes a huge difference either. No noticeable difference in sensitivity for me. Moderate to fast is definitely noticeable, Fast to X Fast not so much. But it'll vary from manufacturer to manufacturer too.

#10978308 - 07/15/15 10:18 AM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: bFROG5]
epicoutdoors Offline
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Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 1975
Loc: On The Water NE Texas
Higher end rods in X-fast usually offer the ultimate in feel and sensitivity for jig and worm apps, particularly for deeper water, heavy cover and heavier lines. For more open water and lighter lines a fast action may be more appropriate but still offer great sensitivity in the better rods.

#10978662 - 07/15/15 01:39 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: bFROG5]
horseplaydvm Online   content
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Registered: 05/07/09
Posts: 6599
Loc: Ok, USA
I can notice a slight difference in them, I use St Croix Legend Tournament series rods. I like the extra fast tip for fishing deep jigs, never have a problem with loosing fish and actually think you get a better hook set. JMO

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#10978774 - 07/15/15 02:27 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: horseplaydvm]
CrankBait1007 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/10
Posts: 1878
Loc: North carolina
the only thing i don't like with a slower rod is when banging rocks.....also harder on the accuracy of the cast...for me
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Sometimes I wish i never picked that rod up!

#10978878 - 07/15/15 03:00 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: bFROG5]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 8106
Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
My extra fast Crucial gets it done.

#10979169 - 07/15/15 05:09 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: Rudy Lackey]
"Old School" Offline
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Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 2643
Loc: Big D
Originally Posted By: Rudy Lackey
My extra fast Crucial gets it done.

+1. I wish I would have bought more.

#10979234 - 07/15/15 05:30 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: bFROG5]
MtnHm203 Offline

Registered: 01/12/09
Posts: 448
On rod sensitivity, and this is just my opinion, I have a pile of rods, like many of you, from 7'11 Swim Bait rods, many brands (Team Daiwa, Shimano, Bass pro shops, etc. etc.) Most are Medium heavys, but I have mediums, Heavys, etc. etc. Various Tapers. The MOST "Sensitive " rod in my entire arsenal - ready? - is the 6' Bass Pro Shops, Bionic Blade, Lite action rod, and is my drop shot rod. Yes, the "Fairy Wand", "Buggy Whip", etc., etc. I learned to drop shot in S0. Cal, from an expert. And I can feel a bass just look at the bait on this rod & feel it, LOL. I don't recommend this rod much on some of the Texas lakes -too may snags. But there are few lakes that will allow the use of it, and have landed many bigger than 4 pound fish on it, on 6 lb. test. It's REAL fun & satisfying, to land a big fish on this set up. Go ahead, use your broomsticks, LOL

#10981367 - 07/16/15 03:03 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: timwins31]
salex Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 909
Loc: NE Texas
Originally Posted By: timwins31
I don't think it makes a huge difference either way. But it'll vary from manufacturer to manufacturer too.

Steve Alexander

#10981409 - 07/16/15 03:17 PM Re: extra fast vs fast taper [Re: bFROG5]
Mulholland Offline
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Registered: 10/28/13
Posts: 1920
Loc: Plano, TX
The difference in fast v x fast is probably only noticeable on hook sets further from boat or in deeper water perhaps, in context of worm rods. I don't think the tape changes the sensitivity within the same weight rod. I.E. a medium-heavy extra fast is no different in feel to a medium heavy fast or medium heavy moderate sensitivity wise, that has to do with blank construction/composition and weight. The taper simply affects the loading of the rod, and the rod is only loaded when casting or on hookset/playing a fish. Other than those moments, tape doesn't come into play.


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